Spring Break

Wallet Friendly Spring Break Ideas

Spring Break is supposed to be a time to relax and have fun, but it can be a huge stress on your finances. Here are some tips for keeping your spring break wallet friendly.

Spring Break Vacations

Spring Break is one of the most popular times of the year to travel. The earlier you start to plan, the more fun you’ll be able to have without going over your budget. Airfare and hotel rates rise during peak seasons, so book your reservations early. If possible, work with a travel agent to make sure you get the best deals available.

Look for all-inclusive vacation packages to keep your spending in check while you’re away. The purchase price will include your resort, food, drinks, activities, and, in some cases, even your flights. You’ll be able to have the relaxing vacation of your dreams without ever venturing away from your resort or spending extra money. Some resorts are more family friendly than others, so do your research before booking if you’re vacationing with kids.

Most all-inclusive resorts are in tropical destinations. If beaches aren’t your idea of paradise, consider out-of-the-way destinations that don’t attract floods of vacationers. Less tourist traffic means lower hotel rates. Before your trip, do your research. Make note of free and affordable activities available in the area like museums, parks, and historical tours. Check flash sale sites like Groupon for deals on food, spa treatments, and entertainment. To stay on budget, put your spending money on a prepaid debit card; reserve your cash and other cards for emergencies.

Spring Break Staycations

Going away for Spring Break isn’t always an option, especially if you’re a cash-strapped college student. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Many venues like museums, zoos, and parks host special events during Spring Break. Most also offer student discounts! Explore your city like a tourist and take time to appreciate the things you normally rush past. Pamper yourself with an at-home spa day, binge watch your favorite shows, and catch up on some much needed sleep. You’ll go back to class rested and refreshed, unlike your classmates who partied in the sun all week.

If you’re a working parent, your biggest Spring Break expense could be child care. Look for local day camps in your area. Libraries, churches, and Boys and Girls Clubs usually offer affordable options during school vacations. If you don’t have options in your area, or your kids are too young to attend, don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help.

If you’re able to stay home with your kids over the break, keep them entertained with free outdoor fun. Pack a picnic and spend the day at the park, go on a nature themed scavenger hunt, or let them help you plant a patio garden. If the weather is bad, opt for affordable indoor activities like roller skating, bowling, and trampoline parks. Or, host a game night with your kid’s friends and their parents. You’ll be able to relax and have fun without worrying about getting up early for school the next day. Click here for tips on entertaining on a budget.