As the summer season draws to a close, your family might be looking to take a final long weekend before the school season really gets underway and the cooler temps set in. If you are planning to take a getaway, there are ways to lower your leisure tab. The Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants offers five inexpensive suggestions for saving money.
- Keep it flexible. Have you settled on a location yet? If not, stay flexible. Certain locations will always be cheaper than others, so keep an open mind on where you might go. Do your research. Find a location that might be out of season and not so packed.
- Road trip it. If you’re taking the long weekend within your region, road trips are ideal. Pick a car big enough to hold everyone travelling with you (and their luggage), trade off drivers and save the cost of a flight by spending less money on gas.
- Book the right room. If you are staying in a hotel, check available amenities at your destination. Is there free breakfast? A kitchenette? Finding a room with a kitchenette can save lots of money because eating out gets pricey. Hit an area grocery store or farmers’ market for local fare and pick up some basics to keep dining-out dollars to a minimum.
- Check those rates. Consistently keep an eye on the rates of the room you have booked. If the rates go lower at any point, try rebooking and you may recoup your original booking fee. Another option is to call the hotel directly and see if they will honor the lower price.
- Consider camping. Are you trying to get outdoors? Whether it’s your local nature reserve or a state park (Oklahoma has 33 state parks), camping offers beautiful scenery, hiking, fishing, swimming and more—all for lower costs than most hotels. So grab your gear and have some outdoor fun with the family.