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How to Save Money on a Beach Trip

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

However, if you don't plan your trip right, it can cost more than expected. Here are some tips on how to save money while still enjoying yourself at the beach:

park in a public lot

  • Park in a public lot. If you’re a beach local, parking at your favorite strip mall or restaurant is probably more convenient than driving all the way to the beach. But if you want to save money on your trip, park in a public lot. Don’t worry about finding one close by—it doesn’t matter if it takes 10 minutes or 40 minutes to get there. Public lots usually charge less and don't require any valet service fees that could add up quickly if you're staying for several days or weeks on end:

If your car is being stored in an off-site location, ask whether they'll give you an early check-in preference (sometimes offered as part of their monthly membership). It's worth asking because some people also need their cars back at certain times every day—like when they have appointments at work later that afternoon—so they can take advantage of this perk too!

Bring your own food and drinks to the beach

  • Bring a cooler.
  • Bring a refillable water bottle.
  • Bring snacks, food, and drinks in reusable containers.
  • Bring sunscreen if you want to protect your skin from harmful UV rays (and wrinkles).
  • Bring towels to dry off after swimming or laying out in the sun for too long.
  • Bring chairs that are easy to carry around and store when not in use so that they don't take up space on the beach or in your car when it's time to leave.
  • Bring toys for kids like beach balls and sand shovels so they can play games with friends instead of watching screens all day (bonus points if you also have an inflatable kiddie pool).

Book a place to stay that has a kitchen

  • Book a place to stay that has a kitchen.
  • Cook your own food.
  • Don't go out to eat as much.
  • Don't buy snacks.
  • Don't buy drinks at the beach bar or while you're there relaxing on the beach! Just bring them from home! (Or, if you must have watermelon juice, ask if they have any cups of watermelon juice left over from yesterday.)
  • And don't buy souvenirs!

Pick affordable destinations

If you're trying to save money on your trip, it's important to pick an affordable destination. There are several ways to do this:

  • Pick a destination that is within driving distance so you can bring your own car or truck and avoid paying for gas or parking at the airport.
  • Pick a destination that is within flying distance, so you don't have to pay for flights or hotel rooms while away from home. One way of reducing costs is by splitting the cost of airfare with other people traveling with you (or even those who aren't). This can make the flight much more affordable than if everyone paid separately!
  • If you want to go somewhere farther but still don't want to pay for airfare, consider taking public transportation such as buses or trains instead of renting cars/vans/SUVs/etc.. The train may also offer discounts if bought in bulk through clubs like AAA

Go camping instead of booking a resort.

Camping is a fantastic way to save money on a beach trip. Camping involves setting up your tent or caravan in a designated area, and then relaxing with friends or family around the campfire. You can also go hiking or swimming in the forest, which will help you see some wildlife like birds and fish that you'd never see if you were staying at an expensive resort. If you want to save even more money on your camping trip, consider pitching tents instead of booking RV rentals or cabins; this will allow for more people per tent and will still give everyone plenty of space for sleeping bags!

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Rent a house on Airbnb, vrbo or another home-sharing site

If you'd like to spend your vacation at the beach, but you're looking for something more affordable than a hotel, renting a house is the way to go. Not only can it save you money—sometimes as much as 50%—but also it gives you access to amenities that hotels don't offer: kitchens and laundry rooms. This means that if you plan ahead, you won't have to overspend on food or worry about keeping up with laundry while on vacation.

If you rent through sites like Airbnb or VRBO (which stands for Vacation Rental By Owner), most properties have kitchens so that guests can cook their own meals instead of eating out every night!

there are lots of ways to save money on your beach trip

There are lots of ways to save money on your beach trip. You can bring your own food and drinks, book a place that has a kitchen, pick affordable destinations, go camping instead of booking a resort or rent a house on Airbnb, VRBO or another home-sharing site.


We hope these tips were helpful and that you can use them to save money on your next beach trip.


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