7 Easy Ways to Travel For Less

I love traveling and I have raised my children to enjoy traveling, but it can get expensive fast! With having seven kids, I’ve had to learn quickly how to make traveling less expensive!

Here are five easy ways to save for the next weekend trip or vacation!

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1-Ibotta

Ibotta pays you money for doing what you are already doing–grocery shopping!

Ibotta is a free app that you download and then earn money for purchasing items you were already going to buy! You can earn money by purchasing specific items they have (ex. name brand items) or by purchasing items in certain categories (ex. milk, diapers, …).

Grocery shopping on vacation!

2-Use Credit Card Rewards Programs

Many credit cards offer some sort of reward. Some offer cash back and others allow you to use your reward money to purchase gift cards at a reduced rate. This allows you to earn money by doing things you already do (purchase gas, groceries…)!

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(Credit cards can be great for rewards programs, but keep in mind that carrying a balance on a credit card makes the rewards programs NOT beneficial! Many credit cards have 25% interest and that is definitely NOT a way to save money!)

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3-Open a separate savings account

One of the best ideas I have had, I came upon by accident. I opened a separate savings account at a different bank than what I typically use. I used this account to deposit refund checks, extra cash or coins I happened to have, etc…

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Part of what made (makes) this work for me is that, since it’s at a different bank, I cannot move money to my debit account with a click of a button. The money in the new savings account stays in that account until I make the decision to use it for something (like vacation)!


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4-Buy Gift Cards

Stores such as Sam’s and Target offer gift cards at a reduced rate from their face value. This allows you to purchase gift cards for less than they are actually worth! You might not be able to use gift cards to pay for your entire vacation (or maybe you can), but it will help to make money stretch further!

What I like to do is purchase gift cards from Sam’s. They are available at a reduced rate and then I earn 1% in Sam’s money due to the type of Sam’s membership I have and I earn 1% towards my credit card rewards (see #2 above).

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5-Travel During Off-Season

Most locations have an “off season.” Those times of years may vary depending on where you want to go or what you want to do, so check into off seasons when you plan your next vacation!

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They only way we could travel when the kids were little is during off season!

Every area has different off seasons. Florida’s off season is the fall because it’s hurricane season. So, definitely check into why it is off season so you are prepared for what you are getting into!


6-Frequent Flyer Programs

If you are going to fly, check into frequent flyer programs! Most airlines offer them and they are definitely worth finding more information out about them to determine if they will benefit you, especially if they are free programs!

Because who doesn’t like to fly!?!?!
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7-Local Discounts

Discounts are often available if you know where to look. If you hold an active zoo or museum pass from your local area you can often get into the zoos, aquariums, and museums when you travel at a discounted rate. With having seven kids, our zoo and museum passes paid for themselves after one use!!

The Florida Aquarium is on the Tampa City Pass!

Check out programs such as City Pass to find tickets to local attractions at a discounted price! We love seeing various places and doing a wide variety of activities when we travel and City Pass has allowed us to do all we want to do at a cheaper price!

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With City Pass you pay one prices to do several activities around one city! Mahy passes included zoos and musuems, as well as well as other activities to pick from! It is definitely worth checking out if you are going to a big city!

Honey is also a good way to save money when you shop online because it will pull up coupon codes for you automatically!

Plus don’t forget to save money on things you use everyday, such as Amazon!

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14 thoughts on “7 Easy Ways to Travel For Less”

    1. We travel during the off-season usually too. With having seven kids at home (when they were younger), it was the only way to travel.

  1. We’re currently using our credit cards toward gaining points for flights and travel. We also use Rakuten & Wikibuy along with honey to find great discounts! I struggle with ibbota because we don’t buy a ton of name brand stuff so its hard to get the rebates. All the tips combined can really make a difference when traveling!

  2. These are great suggestions for ways to make travel affordable for everyone. I can’t wait to implement some of these tips to make my next trip cost less!

  3. Great suggestions and I use my credit cards with rewards for everything I can to increase my points. I think it is great as long as the person is disciplined to pay the credit card before interest.

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