Get savvy and save on spring break

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Just because you’re a college student doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy an awesome spring break next week. By budgeting and taking advantage of online deal sites, your dream vacation can be yours.

Airlines

 Although it’s a little late for thrifty prices on flights, you can still stretch your dollars by checking out comparing sites like Priceline and Expedia. Hopefully if you’re planning on flying, you’ve already purchased your tickets. Also, avoid wasting cash on the over-priced airport food by packing your own snacks in your carry-on.

Consider Driving

 Depending on where your destination is, making your vacation into a road trip can add a sense of serendipity. Grab a few friends and enjoy taking your time. The more passengers, the more the cost of gas can be divided, so everyone ends up paying less. Just make sure to check your car’s tire pressure and oil before heading out to avoid an unexpected spoil to the fun.

Groupon

The group-couponing website Groupon is a helpful asset to college students. It’s free to become a member and you can get great deals on hotels in spring break areas. Right now, they are offering deals in Las Vegas, the Bahamas and Costa Rica. Most of the offers are for up to six people, which means the price can be thinned out even more.

Hotels

If you want a five-star hotel experience minus the weight in gold they usually cost, check out Hotwire. They pride themselves on offering the best rates on the best hotels in every city. Also, rooming with more people will save you tons. You may not have the privacy you want, but you’ll have more cash for shopping instead.

Spend Smartly

It’s tempting to go on fun shopping sprees while on vacation, but it’s wiser to skip the stores and buy your summer clothing later. Avoid using your credit card and instead allow yourself a strictly-cash budget beforehand. That way you aren’t tempted to spend more than you originally planned and don’t suffer for it later.

Vacations don’t have to kill your bank account. By spending savvy, you can still get the most out of your spring break, and still have wiggle room in your wallet when you get back to school.