Save money this spring break

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Today is the first day of spring, so we’ve reached back into the unbankingunbelievable vault and pulled out a great post from Rebekah about saving money on spring break.  Read on for frugal vacation, and staycation, ideas. Happy Spring!

The weather’s getting warmer, the bees are buzzing, and the flowers are starting to bloom.  I’m pretty sure this means that spring is in the air (or at least the pollen is).  And the very best part of spring?  Spring break, of course!  Whether you’re planning a weeklong trip or a staycation, there are ways to have a good time without completely busting your budget.

For the trip takers, planning ahead can mean big savings.  You can often find better deals and discounts on hotels if you book in advance.  Also, if you’re planning on flying to your destination, sometimes you can get a better rate if you book your flight and hotel at the same time.  Take a look at websites like hotwire.com and travelocity.com before you book to compare rates.  Of course, if you have NWGACU’s VISA Platinum credit card (hint, hint, wink, wink), you could use all those Scorecard points you’ve been racking up!  Scorecard offers discounts on air travel, hotels, car rentals, cruises, well, you get the point.

Once you reach your destination, there are still some ways to save a little cash.  Christi, our head teller at the branch, shared one of her favorite tips: her family doesn’t go out to eat for every meal while on vacation.  They pack sandwiches for the trip so they don’t have to stop at fast food restaurants while they’re traveling.  If you’re staying somewhere that has a kitchen, pack a cooler of things to cook yourself or visit a local grocery store when you get there.  You might even be able to afford an extra activity with all the money that you’re saving!

Now, for those of you planning a staycation, there’s still plenty of fun to have and money to save!  Consider getting an Atlanta CityPASS.  For $69 for adults and $49 for children (ages 3-12), you can visit five Atlanta attractions:  World of Coca Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Inside CNN Studio Tour, High Museum of Art or Fernbank Museum of Natural History (one of my faves!), Zoo Atlanta or Atlanta History Center.  The credit union also has discount tickets for Six Flags and White Water.

Camping is one of my favorite ways to vacation on the cheap.  Hot dogs just seem to taste better when they’re roasted over a campfire.  And while I love camping in a tent, I think yurt camping looks pretty cool!  If you don’t know what that is, you can check it out at http://www.gastateparks.org/Yurts and make your reservations.

Don’t forget to ask about group rates and student discounts too.  And remember your sunscreen!

Photo credit: www.mint.com

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