Buy Like Buffett: Save Money on Your Summer Vacation

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Summer is just around the corner with the moth of June a mere day away. You are probably already starting to plan the vacation for your family’s summer plans. You might be wishing to go to an exotic island for your trip but your budget may not be able to afford it. Just because you cannot travel far does not mean that you cannot have a great vacation.

Here are a few tips to save you money on your summer travel. Take a staycation

The number of people taking stay at home vacations over the past few years has been growing. That is because money has been tight since the recession and people are looking for ways to save cash. High gas prices do not help matters either. A staycation can save you one fuel costs and on travel. You can take the family to a local amusement park for the day or just camp out in your own backyard. The entire family will enjoy it and so will your wallet.

Fly standby

Flying does not have to be expensive if you are willing to fly at the last minute. People that are willing to fly standby or buy last minute tickets can get a sweetheart of a deal on air travel. Websites like Travelocity, Expedia, and Priceline have a number of last minute deals that are 50% cheaper than regular deals. You cannot pick your airline but you can still schedule a destination and time that works for you.

Take alternative transportation

If a plane flight seems to high for you, consider taking a trip by train. Train tickets can be incredibly affordable for trips to cities not too far from your home. You can take a trip to a nearby city and stay at a hotel for a few days. This will have the same impact as taking a vacation really far away but none of the high costs

Travel during the week

The most expensive time to travel using most forms of transportation is on the weekend. That is because so many people book tickets and hotel rooms during this time period. You can save a bundle on your vacation if you are willing to travel during the week. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the lightest days for travel and are the time to get the best prices.

By using a few of these tips, you can manage to have a frugal and fun summer vacation.

Mark Riddix is the founder and president of New Horizons Financial Management, an independent investment advisory firm that provides personalized investing and asset management consulting. Mark is a regular contributor to Seeking Alpha and has written financial columns for Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area newspapers. Mark publishes his own financial blog, BuylikeBuffett.com and has written the book Your Financial Playbook.

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  1. DianeC24

    3 years ago

    I’ve actually taken a few of these measures in the past and thought we would end up doing a staycation this year since money is tight. Luckily my hotel reward program has a good deal going that we are taking advantage of. If any other readers are interested, Choice Hotels has a stay two nights, get one night free summer promotion. It’s free to sign up on their site. Happy travels, everyone.

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  2. AliceChesire

    3 years ago

    If you are thinking of something like Disney World then start planning ahead and Disney go hand and hand since I tend to book my vacations at least 4 months out so I can take advantage of the room rates before the summer spikes. If you can find a bundle with tickets and room, always make sure to take it since it really does work out cheaper. While I’m acutally in the park, we def pack snacks and drinks for ourselves to save what I figure must be about $100 a day between four people on theme park junk. My daughter and I also carry prepaid cell phones with us when we’re in Disney since I’ve come home to serious roaming charges after Disney vacations. While my little LG Tracfone doesn’t have the Disney apps I see everyone else using, the service in the park is more than decent and I know I won’t have roaming or long distance when I get home and if I happen to drop it or loose it, no big deal since — one less worry.

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  3. Susan.Yoo-Lee

    3 years ago

    I am a big believer in traveling during the week. You can save a lot!

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    4 days ago

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