Using Groupon to Boost Your Vacation Budget
Guest post by Kelli Hays from More Bang for Your Bucks
As a reader of MoneySavingMom.com, there is a good chance you already enjoy the benefits of using Groupon. But have you considered using it to save money while on vacation?
Our family was recently planning a vacation and my cousin happened to send me a link to a mini-golf Groupon for one of the cities we’d be staying in. That triggered my mind, What if I signed up for the Groupon e-mails for those cities just until our vacation was over? I am so glad we did!
We love to eat out while we are on vacation and it is usually our main expense besides lodging. We like to try local places, and not stick with the chains. Groupon is great for that! For our vacation we not only bought vouchers for some local restaurants, but we also found a Groupon for a small local grocery store, where we were able to get ingredients for a few meals.
In addition, we found a Groupon for admission to a state park that saved us around $20. We also purchased a Groupon for an Imagination Movers show. With the four tickets we bought, we saved $84 from the at-the-door cost! Best of all, the kids loved it.
Here are some tips for how you can stretch your vacation dollars with Groupon (or any other money-saving site, such as LivingSocial.com):
1. Sign Up For All Cities You’ll Be Vacationing In
Go to Groupon and see if the cities you’ll be vacationing in are listed. If so, sign up to receive daily email reminders of the deals available. Some will have no relevance at all to your trip (e.g. deals for lawn care or gutter cleaning) but you should be able to find some deals that will be useful.
2. Plan Ahead
Some Groupons require that you wait a day or two before using. You will also want to see what is in the area that piques your interest and see if a Groupon appears for that particular attraction.
3. Don’t Go Overboard
My hubby had to rein me in a bit (on restaurants, anyway) because I was wanting to buy a Groupon for every day we would be on vacation. But that would not allow for any flexibility should plans have to change.
4. Always Check the Expiration Dates
Check the expiration date on the Groupon before purchase! If you are vacationing in November, but the Groupon expires in September, your money is sadly wasted.
Kelli Hays is a small-town girl slowly figuring out the big-city life. She is the wife to a church planter, mom to three amazing kids, and lover of books. She also enjoys writing about great deals at dollar stores at her blog More Bang For Your Buck.
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