I absolutely love to travel!
Just this past weekend, my wife and I took some time off to travel to Washington, D.C. to attend her family reunion.
The trip was a lot of fun and gave us quite a few laughable and memorable moments!
But if you’re like us, you probably want to save some extra money any way that you can whenever you take these types of trips.
To help you do just that, here are a few tips that can keep a little extra cash in your pocket the next time you decide to take your next road trip:
Whenever you’re traveling, keep in mind that a good credit card offers many savings and other advantages that cash and debit cards simply can’t match.
For example, rental cars companies and hotels will often place large holds on your bank account if you decide to pay them using your debit card. These holds usually aren’t removed until the end of your trip. Instead, use a credit card to free up your cash for use while on your vacation.
Credit cards can also save you cash when it comes to security.
If criminals somehow get your credit card information and make fraudulent charges to your account, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover all offer blanket $0 liability guarantees.
If this same thing happens with your debit card, the money will usually be deducted immediately from your bank account. To get it back, you’d have to initiate the fraud protection process with your local bank just to get your money transferred back into your account.
Avoid the hassle and use a credit card instead!
2. Use Credit Card Rewards.
Another way to save some cash on your next trip is to pay for some of your expenses using a credit card rewards program. Many credit cards offer spending-based rewards that can earn you free hotel stays, discounts on flights, etc. Look for a credit card that has a rewards program that you really like. It can save you a lot of money if you do.
3. Skip The Rental Car Insurance.
One of the biggest expenses to renting a vehicle is the supplemental insurance that’s tacked on to the bill.
What you may not know is that most credit card companies automatically provide rental car collision and damage insurance coverage. Also, some auto insurance policies have some protections that can help you cover rental car insurance coverage.
Skip the supplemental insurance! If you don’t, you just may end up paying for it twice!!
4. Shop Around For The Best Gas Prices.
On a road trip, no one wants to overpay on gas for their car. But who wants to waste time driving around looking for the cheapest gas prices??
The good news is with the Gas Buddy app you don’t have to.
Gas Buddy allows you to enter the type of gas you use and sort the results based on distance, price, etc.
It’s a simple way to save a few extra dollars the next time that you’re at the pump.
Before you go on your next vacation, you will probably sit down and think through your budget to ensure that you have enough to cover all of your expenses.
A simple way to organize them all is the Trip Saver app.
This app allows you to organize all of those vacation expenses, set a daily spending limit for yourself, and even track your progress along the way.
It’s a great way to stay on track, avoid overdoing it, and ensure that you don’t end up with buyer’s remorse once you’re back home.
Having a good time doesn’t have to break the bank!!
I want to hear from you!
What cost saving tips do you use whenever you travel? Let us know by leaving a comment in the section below.