Five ways to save money on your next family road trip

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – As the end of summer vacation nears, some families are making an effort to plan one last summertime road trip before the new school year begins.

But for the many households who are trying to stick to a budget, a road trip may seem like a costly venture.

Fortunately, there are ways to save money while taking to the open road for a family adventure.

Five suggestions are listed below.

#1 Instead of stopping at restaurants, bring a cooler full of foods and snacks

You’ll be surprised how much you save if you swap restaurant stops for snacking on sandwiches, wraps, salads, and other food items that you made at home. Additionally, when you arrive at your destination you can continue to save on food by stopping by a local grocery store and buying breakfast cereal and sandwich fixings.

#2 Plan your route, and fuel stops

Instead of winging it when it comes to stopping for gas, plan out your entire route and include fuel stops at locations with inexpensive gasoline. You may want to use a gas app like GasBuddy to find the cheapest gas along your route. Or if you’re a Costco member, map out Costco locations with gas stations along your route as they typically have the cheapest prices for gas.

In addition to this, by planning your route ahead of time you can map out the quickest, and most fuel-efficient way to reach your destination, which is a great way to save a few bucks.

#3 Before taking to the road, get a tune-up

It’s likely to be far more expensive, not to mention dangerous, to have your car breakdown while you’re on a lonely road far from home than to pay for a tune-up before your road trip.

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