I just got back from a fun weekend away. I went to visit my best friend from college and her husband. We had a great time and it was nice to unplug from my work (for the most part) for a couple of days.
This is the first weekend away I’ve had since I became self-employed and I knew I wanted to keep my expenses to a minimum without limiting the amount of fun I had while I was gone. I was able to stick to my low budget for the weekend by using these four ways to save money. Maybe you can use them on your next weekend away too.
Crash with a Friend or Couch Surf
If your weekend away is visiting friends or family, you can save a lot of money by crashing with them. Sometimes I hear that people think they’ve “outgrown” staying with friends or family, but that’s why people have a guest room right? If you friends or family have a guest room, chances are they’re eager to use it.
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Cook Instead of Eating Out
I always do a little eating out while I’m out of town, especially when I can go to some of my favorite restaurants that aren’t available in my hometown. That said, my friends and I try to save some money by doing some cooking too. Don’t worry, I don’t make my friend do all of the work, we like to cook together. It’s fun and frugal too.
The drive to see my friend is about four hours, which is not unbearable, but I usually have to stop once along the way. I’m a sucker for a snack and a bottled soda while I’m traveling, but instead of buying these things at a gas station, I try to bring them from home instead.
I buy bottled soda very rarely so a 6 or 8 pack will last me quite a while since I only drink them when I’m travelling or on-the-go. This does save money over the price of buying individual drinks and snacks at a gas station.
Cut the Satellite Radio
Ok this one isn’t just for a weekend away, but one thing I’ve done to save money is not subscribing to satellite radio. My car came with a free 3 month trial and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t want to pay for it after the trial was over. Instead I entertain myself on longer drives with my Ipod or with a free audio book from my local library.
Going on a weekend away is a great way to relax and get away from the daily grind of everyday life. I was especially excited to spend some time at my Alma mater and with my best friend. Having a fun weekend away doesn’t mean you have to spend an arm and a leg though. With these tips you can have a frugal and fun weekend away.
When’s the last time you went on a weekend away? How did you save money? What are some other money saving hacks you use when traveling?
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