It’s that time of year. The roads are clear of ice and snow, and the weather is getting nicer. It’s time for a trip. Whether it’s to visit family or friends, or a vacation, it’s always a good idea to have a budget.
Setting up a trip budget is simple and saves so much money.
There are 3 sections to figuring out a budget.
The cost of the trip there, while you are there, and the cost of the trip back.
It’s going to be different for some but here’s a list of the more common things you should budget for:
The trip there and back:
- Fuel costs (Or tickets)
- Food and drinks
- Tickets (for admissions)
- Food and drinks
- Other transportation
Under each category you should list the details.
- So and So Hotel in So and So Cost: $120 a night
- Whatsit Hotel in Whatsit Cost: $98 a night
Food and Drinks:
- Stopping in Whatsit for dinner Cost: About $50
- Stopping in So and So for lunch and dinner Cost: About $75
Total all sections and you have your budget.
A few tips for taking a trip on a budget:
- Check fuel prices with apps like Gas Buddy to find the best prices before filling up.
- Book hotels ahead of time.
- Stay with friends and family when available.
- Purchase and pack food and drinks in a cooler before you leave:
- Sandwiches, wraps, and hoagies work well for this, along with some chips or crackers.
- Snacks as well, like fruit snacks, raisins, apples, etc.
- Lots of bottled water and juice
- Use a packing checklist to avoid unnecessary purchases.
Click the link below for your free budgeting for trips worksheet and a bonus how to figure your fuel cost instruction sheet.
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