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Save the Fun! Save Your Budget!

Save the Fun! Save Your Budget!

In today’s tight economy, it’s essential to save money whenever possible. Your family beach vacation is one area where you can cut costs without cutting out the fun. Here are some practical ideas that can help you to save the fun and save the budget at the same time.

Shop local

You can cut costs almost in half by shopping at in your local area for the food and household items your family will need while at the beach. The beach grocery stores are typically high in price so you can save a boatload of money shopping ahead of time.

Create a menu for the entire week, including all the ingredients you’ll need to prepare each meal. Then make a second list of all snacks, drinks and any toiletries your family will need while at the beach. These two lists will guide you as you shop.

Shop at Costco or Sam’s Club to load up on cereal, crackers, cookies, pasta, coffee, soda, fruits, and vegetables. Stock your cooler with perishable items like meat, cheese, and dairy products. Raid your own pantry for any food you’ll need for meals. Bring your own spices, herbs, or condiments instead of paying a lot of money for new bottles.

Make sure to pack your folding beach chairs, floats and other beach accessories your family will need so you won’t be tempted to purchase them at the beach. If lugging a lot of food and drinks to the beach seems overwhelming, consider shopping ahead for at least some of the items on your list. Whatever you can purchase at home will help cut costs for the week.

Plan ahead

Plan your family activities ahead of time to help eliminate spontaneous trips and outings that aren’t in the budget. This is tough for people who enjoy a relaxed, impromptu vacation, but even a little planning can help lower unexpected expenses.

If your family enjoys eating out once or twice during the week, make sure to set aside money for this expense. If you have young children, set aside money for one day of fun events like go-carts, mini-golf, a nature walk or fishing. If your kids are older, you can plan one day to hang glide, sail, or rent boats. It is possible to stay within your budget and still have fun.

Pay extra

If possible, pay a bit extra and rent a Chankanaab Cozumel with a swimming pool. There is nothing more costly than a rainy beach week and no swimming pool. Rainy days wreak havoc with the budget as parents seek ways to entertain the kids at amusement parks, arcades, and movie theaters.

Choose a beach house with a pool table, home theater, or billiards table. The weather can be unpredictable at the beach, so plan ahead by renting a beach house that is fully equipped for fun and entertainment.…