5 Money Saving Road Trip Tips

Posted On Tuesday, July 29th

bestbreaktours.com Road Trip Savings TipsPlanning a road trip in these last weeks of summer? Food and lodging tend to be the biggest road trip budget busters. Plan ahead on eating and sleeping to save money on road trips, and use a few simple tips to save some big money on road trip gas too. Check out these top 5 money saving road trip tips below:

1. Forget the drive thru:

Running through McDonalds racks up the road trip food bucks and, besides, it gets boring. Stop in at Mom and Pop spots for larger portioned meals on the cheap instead. Look for early bird specials — big dinners for a few bucks. Get off the main road for real cheap eats. Totally score on cheap street food at local celebrations like art-in-the-park type stuff – just look for balloons as you drive through towns 😉

2. Save on snacks:

Snacks are big budget killers on road trips — racks of Cheetos and Fritos at 99 cents are irresistible in convenience stores. Pick up cheaper chips at grocery stores (like Fresh Co.) in economy-sized bags instead and get roughly twice as much for your money. Bring a cooler (styrafoam varieties are cheaper at WalMart than convenience stores) and load it up with sodas from the Metro rather than 7-11.

3. Find the cheapest gas:

Check out some likely choices for cheap gas in advance using the Tomorrows Gas Prices Today app. Once on the road, you’ll probably forget specific stations… remember town names from your research, and pull off at big exits to compare gas prices at several spots.

4. Save gas while driving:

Follow a few simple gas-saving tips to save a lot of road trip money:

  • Turn off the AC — it hogs the gas faster than you can say, “a buck 35 a litre?!!” (Leaving four-wheel-drive engaged is also a gas-drainer.)
  • Ease off the pedal well before a stop sign and coast to a stop; take off in a mellow manner. Burning rubber burns gas needlessly.
  • Inflate tires to close to max — carry a teeny tire gauge and read the tire’s side.
  • Avoid floors-it-for-you cruise control.
  • Don’t speed. Wastes gas and one ticket can destroy a summer road trip budget. Period.

5. Bring your Tent and Sleeping Bag

When in doubt, you can always pitch a tent. Camp grounds are inexpensive and roughing it can actually be a lot of fun if you have the right stuff packed. Worse comes to worse, if you have a friend or family member in the area you want to travel to, you can always ask to borrow their back yard? We’ll let you decide on how best to approach that subject…

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