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How to Save Money on Long Road Trips

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.


How to Save Money on Long Road Trips


Road trips are the best. You get the chance to explore new places and keep your mind sharp with all the new sights, sounds, and smells you encounter. But sometimes it can be expensive to go on a road trip! But what if I told you that there are some easy ways to save money while going on a road trip? Yes, believe it or not but saving money is possible when taking a trip—and this article will show you how.

Get your car checked by a mechanic.

One of the best ways to save money on a road trip is to get your car checked out by a mechanic. A mechanic can tell you what repairs are needed and how much they will cost, so you can plan ahead and find the lowest rate. Additionally, if your car needs work done while on the road, you'll know exactly how much it will cost before getting stranded in an unfamiliar town with no cash in hand.


Bring snacks and drinks.

Bring snacks and drinks. If you're going to be out on the road for more than a few hours, it's important to bring food and water for yourself and your passengers. Whether you're driving from Maine to California or just across town, it's nice to have something that isn't gas station hot dogs at your disposal. Bring things like fruit, trail mix or granola bars that require minimal preparation time and don't require much energy to eat (there are only so many times I can eat a Snickers bar before my stomach starts growling). It also helps if they pack easily into a small bag or box so they don't add too much weight in the car—you'll be carrying enough stuff as it is!

Some people prefer bottled water while others prefer carrying their own reusable bottles; both are fine choices as long as they're easy-to-grab options without bulky packaging that takes up space in the cup holder next to them. If possible, try not leave any empty containers behind after filling up at gas stations—they usually have recycling bins available near the restrooms where most customers go anyway!


Plan ahead and eat during off times to save money on restaurants.

  • Plan ahead, and eat during off times. If you are traveling with a large family or group, it can be hard to find a time when everyone is together to eat. If you do find a restaurant where the waiters will allow your whole family in at once, you may have to pay extra for all those extra mouths. To save money on meals while still enjoying the comforts of a restaurant setting, try eating at off times such as breakfast hours or late night hours. Many restaurants are willing to offer discounts when they have slower business hours so that they can stay open longer in between peak meal times.
  • Eat at a buffet restaurant or fast food chain that offers coupons or discount codes online through Groupon, Living Social and other similar services before heading out on your trip if possible! The savings from these coupons add up quickly when combined with other tips above like avoiding peak meal times (when everyone else wants food too).

Groupon and other coupon sites can get you cheaper hotel rates too.

Groupon is one of many coupon sites that can help you find discounts on hotels. It's a great way to find cheap rates in major cities, but if you're looking for something a bit more off the beaten path, check out other sites that offer deals on hotels in smaller towns. You can also use Google search terms like "hotel coupon," or "hotel discount code."

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Alternative gas apps could also help cut time at the pump.

Alternative gas apps can be helpful if you're looking to save time at the pump. These apps can tell you where the cheapest gas is, how much traffic there is and even provide users with tips on how to reduce their fuel consumption.

  • GasBuddy - This app provides users with information on which stations have the lowest prices and allows them to upload their favorite stations so that they can keep track of them in one place.
  • Fuelman - This app helps drivers find where they're going by providing a map that shows nearby gas stations and their prices compared to other nearby stations, so users can choose which ones are most affordable for them.

The app also tracks GPS data from all vehicles using it within 100 yards of each other at any given time so as not only avoid unnecessary traffic jams but also taking advantage of cheaper prices when possible (you'll be surprised by some of your neighbors' driving habits).

With a little planning and these apps, you can save money on your next road trip!

There are two main ways to save money on a road trip. First, you can find cheap hotels and motels. Second is finding cheaper gas stations.

There are apps for both of these things! For example, Groupon is great for finding discounts on hotels and other services—and it's free! Use the app to find deals near your destination and make sure you take advantage of them before paying full price later in the trip.

GasBuddy helps you find cheaper gas stations by showing which ones have low prices nearby. You can even plan ahead for when your tank runs low by telling GasBuddy where you're going; once there, it'll show which gas station has the least expensive prices nearby (or help confirm if there's one close enough).


If you plan ahead, you can save money on a road trip.

If you’re planning a road trip, it’s important to know that now is the time to start saving money. There are lots of ways to do this:

  • You could get a good deal on gas by filling up your tank for less than usual.
  • You can find cheap hotels by searching online or calling around.
  • You can even plan ahead when it comes to food—bringing snacks and drinks with you will save money on meals out at restaurants, which will be cheaper than hotel breakfasts anyway!


We hope that these tips have helped you save money on your next road trip! Remember, if you want to travel cheaper, it's important to plan ahead and do some research. We've also included some apps that will help you find great deals on restaurants and hotels along the way (or at least warn you when prices are going up). The best part of all? You'll be able to visit more places than ever before - all while saving money on gas costs too!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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