I’m heading out this morning on a short road trip. Courtesy of the lovely folks at Hershey’s, I am taking a 3 hour jaunt south to visit the Milton Hershey School and Hershey’s Headquarters-to include an overnight stay at the gorgeous Hershey Hotel and a massage at the spa*.
As I planned for the drive, I realized that I’ve never written about frugal road trip tips and tricks!
So here it goes-my 4 basic tips for saving money on a car trip:
#1-Make sure your car is in good shape-services up to date, oil levels correct, tank full, and tires inflated. Correctly inflated tires will improve your gas mileage. Standard preventative maintenance could help prevent breakdowns on the trip. Expensive repairs on the road are not frugal.
#2-Bring your own snacks. Gas station & drive thru food add up fast. Plus snacks for home are likely to be much healthier for ya. Snacks are especially important for keeping the kiddos busy on a long trip-I like to use those small snack sized bags and pack several small portions of 4 or 5 different snacks.
#3-Bring your own drinks. ditto to all the points above. If you need coffee to stay awake, then by all means buy some. Saving a little money isn’t worth falling asleep at the wheel! Then again, it doesn’t cost anything at all to pull over in a rest area and take a quick nap either.
#4-Get books on tape/cd at your library. I’ve found that listening to a novel really makes the time seem to fly. . . I used to do the “buy and return” thing at Cracker Barrel, but borrowing them for free from your library is even better.
Those are my big 4 tips! What are yours?
*They are paying for it, that’s what I call frugal.