This week’s Thrifty Thursday is all about being frugal while on a road trip. As many of you have read this past week, I will be driving from New Hampshire to Michigan. Here are just a few ways I am planning in advance to avoid unnecessary expenses on the road.
Pack a cooler of food and drinks-No need to stop at restaurants along the way. I spent less than ten dollars purchasing food for the road. I would have easily spent more than that on one meal at a fast food restaurant.
Filtered water bottle- Most rest areas have a water fountain. We can refill our water bottles free!
First Aid-Pack a first aid kit and be sure to include suntan lotion. If you have to stop for any of these things on the road you are bound to pay top dollar.
Get the car road ready- I took the car in for an alignment, rotation, and oil change. It is only two years old, but I let my automotive shop know I would be traveling so they did a free 12 point check as well. This all cost me a little over $100, but the peace of mind is priceless.
Use a rewards card for gas- I saved for this trip and don’t plan to put it on credit. However, I will be putting my gas on my credit card and paying it off immediately. I earn points towards rewards which in the end saves a few dollars. Another advantage of using the credit card on the road is safety. It is easier to dispute and have access to my money immediately if I fall victim to identity theft on the road.
Automobile Membership card-I am taking mine with me in case of a road emergency. I also know I can get discounts at many places by using it.
Hotels/Motels-I personally can complete my trip in one day. Most of my trip I am staying with my grandmother. I planned in advance for a couple of nights in a hotel (I am sure grandma appreciates me not coming in late on those nights I plan on staying out). I shopped online for the lowest price. I also made sure to look for a hotel that included free laundry and breakfast.
These are just a few ways to stay thrifty while traveling. Vacations are a time to relax and have fun. However, if you are mindful of discounts along the way, you can come home with a few (or a lot) extra dollars in your pocket!