How To Save For Your Family’s Summer Vacation

If you’re getting ready for your summer vacation, you know that it’s a BIG expense, but one that’s definitely worth it for your family. Trying to find enough money in your budget, though, is a reality to making it happen. Since your family is probably getting super excited to go, why not use that anticipation to motivate everyone to pitch in and find ways to finance your trip? Today, I’ve got tips for saving money for your upcoming summer vacation.

How To Save For Summer Family Vacation

Whether you’ve already saved up for your vacation, or would like to have a little more spending money, I’ve got tips for earning and saving more, so you and your family can go have a great week of fun, without facing credit card bills when you return.

First, let me help you get organized. Check out the Vacation Planning Checklist. 

Next, decide your budget and your destination. When looking at your budget, be realistic by looking at how much money you have available, and look at how much money you can realistically add to it. Your destination, unfortunately, will be determined by what you can afford. But don’t give up hope. The following are my tips for earning more and saving more for your vacation.


  1. Work more hours, temporarily.
  2. Get a part-time job or second job.
  3. Dog sit.
  4. Babysit.
  5. Mow yards.
  6. Do miscellaneous errands for those who are home-bound.
  7. Have a garage sale.
  8. Sell big-ticket items you don’t use or want.
  9. Make crafts, such as homemade soaps or jewelry, and sell at art and crafts fairs.
  10. Consider using part of your tax refund. First, make sure debts are paid off and decide if your vacation is the best use of this money. 


To save extra money for vacation, you’ve really got to look at all your expenses and find creative ways to cut back, as much as possible. Fortunately, in the summer, it’s a lot easier to do this, because there are so many things you can do for entertainment that don’t cost anything, or at least very little. Now’s the time to go for simple, old-fashioned entertainment. Remember, every time you cut back on something, you’re adding to your vacation fun!

  1. Cut back on air-conditioning and use fans.
  2. Grow your own produce.
  3. Do your own landscaping.
  4. Consider turning off your cable TV for the summer.
  5. Take lunch to work instead of eating out.
  6. Consolidate errands to cut back on gas.
  7. Cut back on shopping. Try to be creative with a  minimal wardrobe.
  8. Do your own house projects, instead of hiring help.
  9. Buy used books instead of new.
  10. Cut back on entertainment expenses. Here’s some ideas:
  • Cut back on eating out.
  • Invite friends over for backyard bbq’s.
  • Rent movies instead of going to the theater.
  • Go for walks and hikes.
  • Go to the local park.
  • Play outdoor games in the yard or at the park.
  • Explore your local town and antique stores.
  • Go to free museums.
  • Go fishing.
  • Check out your local library for free books and activities.
  • Browse local festivals.
  • Browse flea markets.
  • Go on scenic drives.
  • Go to botanical gardens.,
  • Go to historical houses.
  • Have family picnics.
  • Visit family.



Get the whole family involved and start a change jar for money that’s specifically set aside for your vacation. This works great for saving up for miscellaneous spending money such as souvenir money. You could have one large jar for the entire family or everyone could have their own. At the end of each day, everyone takes change from the day and drops it in. You may already have a pile of change to get you started. Try it! It adds up quickly.

Saving Money

I hope this gives you some ideas and motivation as you get ready to go make some great memories on your vacation. For more ideas, read Family Fun On A Budget10 Ways To Save Money On Groceries, Easy Summer Wardrobe On A Budget, and Garage Sale Planning Guide And Checklist.

I don’t know about you, but I’m really getting vacation fever as I’m writing this. Are you ready to start packing? Before you do, be sure to check out How To Pack For A Summer Trip and How To Pack Beauty Products For A Summer Trip

Have a wonderful summer day!.


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