Staycation Tips to Save Money

CALGARY, June 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Taking a vacation can be expensive, especially when you factor in the cost of flights, accommodation, car rental, entertainment and more. Canadians looking to take a vacation at a lower cost may want to consider taking a "staycation" - a vacation close to home.

Along with being more affordable, staycations are less stressful to plan, and still get you out of your regular routine. They offer a chance to re-discover the place you call home with surprising activities and hidden gems for you to discover.

Here are a few budget-friendly staycation tips:

1. Pick your date:
  Just like going away, decide on the days you want to take your staycation.
2. Determine the amount of money you have to spend:
  Once you have picked your dates, add your monthly savings to your spending plan so you will know how much money you are spending on your staycation.
3. Research fun things to do in your community:
  Check out your city's website for events, festivals or social gatherings that you can attend for free or at a discounted rate.
4. Try a new restaurant:
  Go out and try some of the new affordable restaurants that you have heard so much about.
5. Go to a nearby lake or park for a day:
  Take a short drive to a nice lake near your area or spend a day in the sun at a local park.
6. Take a course in something you are interested in:
  Take the time to explore your interests and register for those cooking, painting, scuba diving or dance lessons that you have been thinking about.
7. Take lots of pictures:
  Make sure to have your camera ready to document all the fun.

For more tips and advice visit Money Mentors' Staycation guide.

Money Mentors is the only Alberta-based, not-for-profit credit counselling agency. Through a number of services, we help families and individuals recover from financial crisis and move forward. From credit counselling and money coaching to retirement planning and community financial literacy, we are creating a healthier financial future for the entire province.


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