Summer Staycation Ideas That Won’t Bust Your Budget

12 Staycation Ideas That Won’t Bust Your Budget

Let’s play a game. You guess the percentage of Americans that go into debt for their vacations. Survey says—74%.(1) That’s a lot of people paying off bills for sumptuous spas and seahorse snorkeling months after the actual trip.

Well, we have two truth bombs to drop. One: You don’t have to travel someplace exotic to have a great vacation. Two: You can enjoy your time off without blowing off your finances. Boom and boom.

That’s right. You can go the budget-friendly staycation route—living the good life close to home while creating paid-for memories. The best kind.

We’re here to help with ideas aplenty. Others might give you a list of three or five. But not EveryDollar. We’ve got 12 staycation ideas that won’t bust your budget. Just for you, budgeter. Have at it.

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4 Ways to Save for Summer Fun

4 Ways to Save for Summer Fun

No matter how old we get, summer still holds a special appeal.

By the time June rolls around our thoughts roam from swimming pools to the beach to water parks and back to swimming pools. Once the hot weather hits, we’re all about summer fun!

The only downside is summer fun can get a little pricey. And we’re here to help! Here are a few ideas for cutting costs and saving cash, so you can make room in your budget for the stuff summers are made of.

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The Smart Traveler's Guide to Spending Money

The Smart Traveler's Guide to Spending Money

Whether your summer travel plans involve sand castles at the beach, S’mores by the campfire, or screams on a roller coaster, one thing’s for sure—you and your money are on the move.

In the middle of that on-the-go fun, it’s easy to miss how quickly your purchases can add up … especially if you’re going somewhere for a week or longer. Fortunately, keeping your spending under control is simple. Here’s how the smart traveler develops a money strategy and sticks to it.

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splitting costs on a group vacation

4 Tips to Deciding Who Pays for What on a Group Getaway

Everything’s bigger when you go on a group vacation with your family or friends. Bigger meals, bigger fun, bigger laughs—and bigger costs.

To avoid big awkwardness when it comes to paying for the trip—like splitting the dinner check equally when you get a salad and someone else orders steak—it’s smart to decide who pays for what before you start packing. The sooner you determine that, the more time you have to focus on the fun!

For that next group getaway, set your ‘best way to pay for this’ strategy with these four tips.

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4 Budget Tweaks to Upgrade Your Vacation

4 Budget Tweaks to Upgrade Your Vacation

There’s only one thing better than going on vacation—getting an upgrade on that vacation!

Who wouldn’t want a nicer hotel room or unexpected boat ride to go along with that beach getaway? Those upgrades are possible, even when you are only weeks away from departure. You just need to carefully plan how you spend your vacation money.

If you think you’ve maxed out your vacation budget, look again. Before you head out, check out these four tweaks for upgrading your getaway.

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