Spring Break is supposed to be a time to refresh after finals and those winter blues. But oftentimes it can be used as a reason to go wild and blow all your money. But one week is not worth going into debt for.
If you’re planning something for Spring Break, here are ways to save money.
Take a Staycation
Instead of heading to Cancun, why not stay home and explore your city in a new way? Instead of spending money on pricey airfare, stay local and enjoy all the things you don’t have time to do because you are always busy studying or in class. Go see some live music or try some new restaurants. Ride your bike through the city or walk in a new neighborhood. Enjoy sleeping in and relaxing on your own time.
Go on a Road Trip
Instead of flying somewhere else, go on a road trip. Current gas prices are at an all-time low, so why not take advantage of this? Explore nearby states, go camping, and imagine you are a Kerouac character in On the Road.
If you do plan on traveling somewhere else, consider Couchsurfing. Instead of spending money on expensive hotels, or crowded hostels, enjoy a more intimate and friendly experience with a local. Couchsurfing lets you stay with a host for free and “surf their couch.” It’s a great way to lower costs, meet new people, and get your own tour guide.
Bring Your Own Food
Whether you are staying with someone else, or staying in a hostel with a kitchen, you can save a lot of money by cooking at home for at least 2 meals of the day. Traveling can quickly get expensive if you are eating out three meals a day. Consider bringing instant oatmeal, granola bars, and trail mix. For lunch, you can do something easy like sandwiches. That way, you can save your money for dinner and not spend all your cash on food.
Limit the Drinking
I know, I know. Spring Break is like the official college drinking holiday. But drinking too much is not good for your health, your decision making skills, or your wallet. Let’s face it, alcoholic beverages aren’t cheap. Not only that, but you could make some costly mistakes when drinking that make the night even more expensive. So, drink responsibly and in moderation.
Stick to a Cash Budget
If you really want to limit your spending, hide those debit and credit cards and bring an allotted amount of cash with you for Spring Break. Think about how much you can afford to spend and how much you want to spend? What is a comfortable number that won’t hurt you later on, but can still enable you to have some fun?
For those about to embark on their Spring Break, use these tips to save money and be financially responsible. Your bank account will thank you later.
What are your Spring Break plans?
Melanie Lockert is a freelance wordsmith, a passionate debt fighter, and frugal lovin’ minimalist who writes at DearDebt.com. She devotes 50% of her income to student loan debt and is often dreaming of her next adventure.