Frugal Fridays: How to save on a weekend getaway

How to Pack for a Weekend Getaway

Sometimes, you just need a weekend getaway.

Weekend trips are quick, relaxing, and thankfully, they can be cheap, too.

Here are our top tips to trim costs on your weekend trip:

How to save money on a weekend getaway
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Frugal Fridays: How to save on a weekend getaway

Avoid peak weekends
Prices for everything will be higher (especially lodging) and places will be more crowded. You could end up paying more for a getaway that you enjoy less, thanks to long lines and wait times.

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Choose a location where outdoor activities are common
A rural location is ideal for things like bike riding, hiking and exploring--all of which are free!

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Don’t fall for the shorter time, spend more each day trap
Don't budget the same amount for a weekend trip as you would for a full vacation--staying somewhere for a longer vacation will probably cost you more overall.

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Take advantage of local deals online
Be sure to visit sites like Groupon and LivingSocial, which specialize in subsidizing area-specific deal, for fun things to do in the area on the weekend you're visiting.

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Bring pets if you have them
The cost of a pet sitter or kennel for the weekend can be costly. Save by bringing your animals along.

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Buy admission tickets in bundles
Many websites and companies will bundle tickets together for several attractions in the area, so the overall price is almost always cheaper than buying tickets individually.

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Stay somewhere close to the main attractions
It will cut down on transportation costs and save you time, while ensuring you get the most out of your short time away.

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Avoid chain hotels 

A quick couple of days away can refresh and entertain you, especially if you choose a place with tons to do.

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From visiting a museum to a refreshing weekend at the spa, you're sure to find something budget-friendly if you do it right.

Unlike longer vacations which require extensive planning, you can book one of these on a whim. There are probably plenty of places around you within driving distance.

So, what are you waiting for?

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