Ways to save on a vacation | AspenTimes.com

Ways to save on a vacation

Shelley Polansky
Better Business Bureau

Vacations often come with hefty price tags. Rather than overspend, be proactive and plan ahead so you can enjoy a real vacation without depleting funds or creating unnecessary debt.

Start by checking with your Better Business Bureau to ensure that all deals and/or travel companies you use are legitimate. Then check out these eight budget-saving tips provided by ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions, a Better Business Bureau national partner:

Put away those credit cards: Avoid the debt trap by saving up ahead of time for your holidays, and use cash whenever possible. When you run out, you run out.

Prepare a budget: Planning is key. Make a little room in your budget by cushioning it for unexpected occurrences and emergencies. The rule of thumb is to set a budget and stick to it.

Be resourceful: Check out Chamber of Commerce websites for locations you plan to visit to get ideas on everything from accommodations to what to see and do. Or consider a staycation — a budget vacation where you visit nearby attractions but sleep in your own bed at night.

Timing is everything: If you travel outside your immediate area, aim for the offseason. Prices are usually substantially lower, and you won’t have to deal with crowds. Offseason depends on where you are: Summer is a terrific time to visit a ski resort to take advantage of upscale accommodations and non-skiing amenities for a fraction of the cost of a winter trip.

Short and sweet: You don’t have to go on a two-week trip in order to feel refreshed after a vacation. Take a long weekend or two, and maximize your itinerary by planning activities well ahead of time.

To view the full article, check out ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions and check out the businesses you deal with by heading first to http://www.bbb.org.

For more consumer tips and information, visit http://wynco.bbb.org.

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