March is here, which means it’s time for spring break vacations (and a break from homework). With Utah still at freezing cold temperatures and snow still frosting the valleys, its 100% normal to want to get out of town this month and break away from your day-to-day routine. However, if you’re like me and most college students, you’re on a tight budget and/or have little cash on hand. Here are some tips to make your spring break trip still happen – even when you only have a little extra dough to spare.
The More Friends, the Merrier
Vacations are easily attainable when splitting costs within a large group. Setting reasonable vacation goals with your friends makes it easier to stay true to your commitments. Not only that, you’ll be more motivated to find the best deals for yourself and your group. Costs on gas, lodging (such as Airbnb or VRBO), and food when split amongst friends are reduced exponentially!
Utilize Your Friends’ Resources and Skills
When planning your vacation spot, pick a location where you can utilize either your or your group’s connections and resources. Start by looking amongst your circle of friends. Maybe a friend’s parent has a vacation home everyone can stay in. Or, perhaps one of your friends has a large car that can fit a large group of friends to save on transportation money. Lastly, maybe a friend within the group has skills at researching deals and vacation packages as well as negotiating the best rates. Utilizing your current resources is important, as it helps friends feel useful and is ultimately a win-win situation for everyone.
Plan Beforehand and Be Realistic with Day-to-Day Spending
Before your trip, plan which few activities you and your friends would like to spend money on during your vacation to prevent impulsive overspending. Once you have your location selected, scout out local deals online by checking out Groupon, Facebook, and other online resources. Also, plan activities and bring games for entertainment! Create a group chat and get a feel for what items people can bring, what they can contribute, and what interest’s others have. For example, maybe you’ll bring a gaming console and cards or maybe you’ll find a place with a swimming pool and a discounted pass to an amusement park nearby.
Visualize Your Money to Save
Visualizing your money can help prevent overspending and wiser financial decisions. Downloading a money management app to your phone can help you track your spending, provide motivation, and help you adhere to your financial goals. Pro-Tip: Set up notifications through money management and banking apps to keep your finances at the top of your mind. Lastly, bring your student ID with you. You are a college student; plenty of businesses are happy to have you and are eager to offer a discount for your business if you ask about a student discount while at check out.
Now it’s time to plan and get ready to make some memories! Utilizing your friends, your resources, and planning ahead of time is the way to go when prepping for your spring break travels. Have fun and know that it’s possible to save money on your vacation when in good company!