Fifteen Funny Ways We Save Money On Summer Roadtrips

Roadtrips are a fun and inexpensive way to enjoy the summer. These vacations are always memorable, although not always in the ways we’d imagine.

If you’ve taken a summer road trip, it might have gone something like this, especially when you’re trying to save a few bucks.

Agonize for days over finding the best vacation deals.



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Decide to travel to where no one else will.


Because who doesn’t love the desert in summer?

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Gives new meaning to a hurricane “getaway.”

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Obsessively plan every activity.


Make sure everyone has a copy of the agenda!

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Plan to wake up early and hit the road!


It’s not like you took time off from work to sleep, right?

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But rush to leave when you’re hours later than planned.


Gotta enjoy every minute of this 7-day vacation!

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Cram everyone and everything into one car.


No need to gas up two vehicles.

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Go to great lengths to avoid tolls.


Optimal toll-avoiding vehicle.

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Save a few bucks by renting the most “rustic” place you can bear.


It looked so much nicer in the ad…

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Bring along the extended family.


The more, the merrier! (and cheaper)

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Resort to the easiest and cheapest foods to prepare.


It’s a vacation from cooking real meals, too

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Get a good ol’ board game going.


See how long everyone can tolerate Monopoly.

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Squeeze in a free tour or two.

Get back to nature.


Go places where no one cares if you look like this.

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Bring back the best souvenirs $5 can buy.


Grandpa is gonna love this!

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Head home and rest after an exhausting week off.


Sleep off all the excitement.

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How do you save money on your summer road trip?

Last Edited: July 28, 2013 @ 11:13 pm
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  1. Haha, these are awesome.  I hate to say it, but I’ve done many of these when going on vacation.  I’m a sucker for trying to find the best vacation deals and eating the cheapest foods while on the road.  If I feel like I got a good deal, I’ll be more apt to enjoy the entire vacation.

  2. I love exploring where no one else goes. It’s the best kind of adventure and it’s free! PB&J sandwiches go a long way when on a tight budget and the protein is great for energy while exploring. Great photos!

  3. GaelicWench says:

    I LOVE camping as a way to vacay, the outdoors and eating camp food. I don’t know why, but my appetite grows exponentially when I am outside round the clock. And EVERYTHING tastes good, even PB&J which I eat very little of at home. But I’ve gone camping with my family from the time I was a baby. That continued on into my teens and then when I was in the Air Force. Then when I married, the camping continued with my husband and even 18 days after delivering my daughter. Camping continued on when my son joined the Cub/Boy Scouts. 
    I, too, love going where very few go. National Parks during off peak times; less people and cheaper park fees. A simple day hike with plenty of water and energy snacks is a great way to spend the day. And boy, I sleep better in my tent and sleeping bag than any hotel room money can buy. It’s a great way to save money, spend massive amounts of energy and come back re-energized without blowing the budget.