There are many ways to carefully budget a road trip that works for your family. Several points to consider in advance include fuel, lodging, and food. Here are some ways to save on all three:
Fuel, at one of its highest prices in the country right now, should be considered the most expensive part of a lengthy road trip. Getting gas in smaller towns can usually save parents a few dollars. Also, fuel tends to be cheaper at truck stops rather than regular gas stations. Fueling up before you leave town, especially if heading into the big city, can save you a bundle. Also, websites for finding low-priced fuel are available to assist you before your trip.
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Lodging can be an interesting part of the road trip. Especially with children in mind, finding a place to stay can be challenging. Hotel rooms can be expensive, especially when families are looking for the ones with amenities to occupy the kids’ time. Try camping for a few nights instead. Usually, the fees for camp grounds are less expensive than a hotel room, and the kids are bound to enjoy the outdoor experience. For this option, be sure to pack foods that can be cooked over the campfire, and pack plenty of extra clothing in case the night is chilly.
Finally, food is bound to be on the minds of the kids as well as the parents during a road trip. Keeping snacks handy in the car and preparing healthy lunches ahead of time can help the family avoid expensive restaurants. Cut down on costs by packing water and juice as well.