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In The Summer I Spend the Most Money on Vacations-$480 Giveaway

july_giveawayMany of my regular readers already know that I love to travel. I grew up in a family that never wanted to go much further than the grocery store. I’m not sure where the bug came from, but I’ve always tried to take every opportunity to travel and take vacations. When you have a kid in school and are married to a teacher, summer is the optimum time to take a trip. I would certainly say we spend the most money in the summer on vacations.

Now, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to take a trip. Pauline at Reach Financial Independence has some great suggestions on how to travel cheaply, but part of the fun for us is staying in nicer places that have amenities like included breakfasts and a pool! While there really is no way to get around paying for some things during a vacation unless you get free trips with credit card reward points, there are a couple of things you can do to be prepared so that you won’t end up blowing the budget on unexpected travel expenses.

Pack Light- Especially if you are flying, it can save lots of money to pack lightly. With baggage fees on the rise, it makes sense to carry on what you can. If your lodging includes laundry facilities, it’s much cheaper to wash as you go. I try to pack small amounts of detergent so that I don’t have to buy it at the hotel. They even make bathtub friendly packets if there is no washer where you are staying. It also is much easier to get around and take public transportation without a heavy suitcase.

Bring Some Medicine- If you are like us, you might indulge a bit on vacation by sampling foods you might not normally eat. You also might drink a few more cocktails or forget to drink enough water. There is nothing worse than being in an unfamiliar place and having to look for things like antacids or ibuprofen. You should have seen me trying to tell the pharmacist in Venice about my symptoms after I came down with a nasty head cold while on vacation.  I’m sure it could have made the funniest videos reel. Buying from the hotel gift shop is also about three times the price of what you would pay at home. It takes almost no time or space to pack a small bag with things you might need. I’ve also found that if we are prepared, we almost never get sick!

There are many more tips for spending less on vacation, even if you don’t always like to go the cheapest route. One great way is to win some free money! Sicorra from Tackling Our Debt and David from Young Adult Money gathered myself and some other bloggers to offer this great prize to help subsidize your summer spending or saving.

Enter to Win this Amazing Giveaway!

One lucky winner will win: $480 Cash via PayPal!

Participant must be 18 years or older to enter.

Winner will be notified by email.

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Contest runs from July 1st - 21st

Please enter below, as many times as you wish. Good luck!



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About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. Great to be partnering with you on this giveaway! Thanks for mentioning me in the post :)
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  2. Good tips on the travelling Kim! We travelled some as a family while growing up, but it was mainly to visit family. I was bit by the travel bug years ago and always looking for ways to do it cheaper. Thankfully we’re churning now, so getting the paid for trips is nice. :)
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  3. We try to pack as light as possible but for long vacations or for those that require a lot of equipment (like camping) it’s about impossible. Plus with four kids there always seems to be a lot of luggage.
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    • I’ve been so happy since our daughter can pull her own carry on bag with wheels. I can’t imagine traveling with 4 kids.

  4. Great tip about packing meds when traveling out of the country, I would’ve never thought of that! We always make sure to have Ibuprofen on hand when camping, and Benadryl too, just in case someone reacts to a bug bite or something they ate.
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  5. Hi,,
    This is amazing contest.
    Count me in. Good luck everyone.


  6. I agree on the meds! Especially if you are going somewhere where it’s not easy to get the meds you use regularly. Quite honestly I would use the money to just save/treat it as regular monthly income. My income is much lower in the summer so every bit helps! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  7. Thank you for the shout out, and for the giveaway!
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  8. I just scheduled a long weekend at the beach using hotel vouchers. Two nights and breakfast has a retail value of over $700.
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  9. You know that I also LOVE vacation. I cannot get enough of it! Even though it can be expensive, it’s just one of those things that is worth the money to me.
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  10. The medicine part is a good idea. I am pretty bad about thinking of things like this, but that preparedness can certainly save some cash.
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  11. These are some great tips. Setting yourself up to have the best possible time on vacation is not easy but your tips here are definitely helpful.
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  12. Nice tips on traveling Kim. Nice to be with you on a giveaway as well. I am a little afraid to start traveling with my son because he is so little. I don’t know how it will go.
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  13. Packing lightly is such a great tip. We travel to Florida a good deal to see my in-laws, and even with all of the baby stuff we’ve managed to avoid baggage fees every time. My inclination is almost always to overpack, but I fight it and even with my initial doubts I almost never feel like I’m missing something once I’m actually away.
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  14. I wish someone else would tell the wifey to pick light. She picks like we are going to be away for the whole month. And with airlines you could easily add any extra 100-200 in luggage if you are not careful. We don’t vacation much during the summer but food expenses and camps for the children tend to be where our money appears to be going this year.

  15. Great tips, Kim! I am a chronic overpacker and it definitely costs me! Bringing medicine is a great idea, because someone always winds up with an upset stomach or a headache or an allergy flare-up. We’re getting ready for our big cruise so I’d better back some motion sickness pills too! :)
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  16. This would be such a blessing with my low income. I’d probably save it for a down payment towards a vehicle as I am so sick of taking the bus and walking everywhere. For a year straight already. My feet hurt and I go thru a lot of shoes.

  17. We always try and pack light when we go on trips but it never seems to happen. I am just happy if we can keep it to three pieces of luggage and one carry on.
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  18. Rebecca Miller

    We pack as light as possible however, with three kids, plus two adults its hard. So I have been pretty good on packing things as small as possible. Folding tight, plus using travel space bags.Thank you for the tips though, never thought of some of those. If we won I think we would use it to do something fun and get stuff for the upcoming school year. I think the most expensive thing we do over the summer is driving to the beach and the fair.

    • Fairs have certainly gotten expensive as far as food and rides. I can’t imagine buying fair food for 3 kids! Good luck in the contest.

  19. i would put it towards a much needed weekend getaway with my husband.
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