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How to Save Money on a Road Trip

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There are many reasons people take road trips, from being able to enjoy the scenery to simply saving money on transportation.  Although it may be cheaper to drive the family to Disneyland instead of flying, little costs here and there can add up. You can save money with your road trip if you take into account several different things.

Here are some things you can do to save money on your next road trip.

Plan Ahead

Check out where you are going and what is along the way.  Will you want to stop at certain restaurants or scenic spots?  Plan those out so you can plan your meals and stops accordingly.

Visit Family Along the Way

If you have family en route to your destination, see if you can spend the night with them to avoid having to stay in a hotel.  This will save major bucks on your road trip.  

Schedule Gas Stops

Having to stop in a little town can make the price of gas go WAY up.  Try to plan ahead and figure out where to stop to fill your tank before being stuck in the middle of nowhere and having to pay and extra few dollars per gallon.  

Tune Up the Car

Before you head out, make sure your car is tuned up.  Check your tires, get the oil changed and anything else that your car requires.  This will ensure it is in tip top shape for the long drive. You want to ensure you are getting the best gas mileage and won’t break down on the side of the road.  Repairs while you are traveling can be extremely costly.  

Bring Snacks

Stopping for food can really add up.  Try to bring food with you so you won’t need to stop along the way.  Bring snacks, sandwiches or other foods that you can bring. If possible, bring a cooler to keep food in while you are driving.  I have fond memories of being in charge of leaning over into the trunk of our station wagon to make sandwiches on our annual road trips from Indiana to Texas.  

Pack for All Your Stops

If you are planning on stopping at different locations, take that into account as you pack up your suitcase.  Having to purchase towels or things while on the road will add a large expense. Think about all the little items you might need, including extra batteries  or additional charging cables and pack them for the trip. You’ll appreciate it when you need them.  

Go for the Fountain

If you do need to stop at the gas station for a drink, don’t go for a bottled drink.  These are often much more expensive. Pick up a fountain drink that will give you a much larger size at just a fraction of the cost.  Or better yet, bring a refillable water bottle. Most gas stations will let you fill it with ice and water for little to no charge.

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By on July 3rd, 2019

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Hi, I'm Sarah. The voice behind Feast for a Fraction. I've been a penny-pincher all my life, but still have a taste for nice things. I'm here to show you that you can eat (and live) well on a budget. From recipes and DIY tips to ways to make extra money, we'll be in control of our budgets together!

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3 thoughts on “How to Save Money on a Road Trip”

  1. You are so right about choosing a fountain drink instead of a bottled drink. We always get bottled but it makes total sense to get one from the fountain now that you mention it. They are cheaper!

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