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As I was in the planning process for our vacation this last week there were so many things that I wanted to make sure that I didn’t forget. I made a big list of everything that we could possibly want while at the beach and then on to visit family. One thing that I should have been checking on was the status of our car insurance rates before we headed out on our family vacation. We wanted to have a great time on our vacation, but as a family of 4 we didn’t want to completely break the bank to have a little fun. Vacation was going to cost enough so what ways could we save a little money now and in the future?
Here are a few tips for saving while you travel:
~Check out VRBO.com for places to stay.
We were able to get a condo for just about the same price if not lower than a hotel room. The benefit is that you have a full kitchen and a little more living room space than you would in a hotel. And most likely there will be less people around for a quieter stay. This is also great if you have a large family so that it can cut down on cost of having to get multiple rooms in a hotel . No you won’t get a free breakfast, but trust me you will probably like a condo better.
~Bring your own food
Especially when you have kids, bring whatever food you have in your pantry and even your fridge if you are going to be gone for an extended time. Grocery stores in resort/beach towns typically have higher prices. You will save money by not eating out as much and have snacks already on hand to take to the beach or for when your kids get hungry.
~Don’t give in to all the souveniers
Do you really need that shirt that says the name of the town you visited? Oh yes those keychains are cute with all your kids names on them, but most likely they will wind up losing them before you even get home!
~Look at your car insurance rates
Check out your policy and see what you are paying per month. Check to see what all you are covered for if you happen to get into an accident while traveling. Could you possibly find a cheaper policy that covers you just as well?
I was looking at AutoInsurance.com, the first of its kind one stop shop if you will that allows you to quickly search, compare, and purchase auto insurance online. You will get a verified price that compares auto insurance carries such as: Progressive, Travelers, Esurance, 21st Century, The General, and Safeco.
I was able to fill out my information quickly and easily or they have an autofill choice if you want that. You can then choose what level of coverage that you would like and literally in five minutes I had a quote from their list of providers. AutoInsurance.com made it easy to compare with just a few clicks versus going to each individual website and filling out my info 6 different times or more if you want to search more companies. I will admit that I don’t know much about the insurance we have even now, but filling out one form to get a quote makes comparing auto insurance rates a breeze.
One thing to note is that it is only for those who reside in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi at this time.. Hey that is just about every state that we went through this last week so we would have been covered!
So if you are looking to save money before, during and after you travel then look at my tips above and don’t forget to go compare car insurance rates. Who knows how much it just might help you save in time by going to one website and money on your policy with a different carrier. Then get out there and have some fun on your next vacation without breaking the bank 🙂