+If you’re road-tripping with friends, consider creating a ‘money pot’.
All 4 of us put $100 into an envelope (that we affectionately called “the pot” throughout the week, that was fun) and used it for gas, tolls, and even a group dinner! It just relieved a lot of the pressure of having to owe people money for gas, etc.
+Bring snacks from home!
This one probably seems like a “duh” point, but we packed stuff to eat lunch on the beach, snack at night, and even brought wine (of course), and it did save us a decent amount of money!
+Get creative with what to do.
Obviously going to the beach is free/included in where you are staying. However, we ended up going out to eat almost every night, because for us four gals, food is literally LIFE. haha 🙂 To save money at night, we didn’t go out a ton… we can do that at home, you know? One night the bartender must have felt bad for us because we were the youngest people in the bar by a lot, so he bought us a round. Also, I’m not kidding, I don’t enjoy putt putt and we went one night, and I wanted to save the $9 so I asked if I could not play and be the scorekeeper, and the nice man was okay with it!! #balleronabudget
My point is that yes, you are on vacation, but it’s okay to have a budget and even okay to stay in some nights. I read over 1,300 pages this week in various books and can’t remember the last time I was so relaxed!
+Ask locals for their advice!
This might not always be feasible, but luckily for us, because of the good old blog, I was able to connect with two “locals!” The first was Kara… who I met through the Cara Box exchange!! Seriously! We’ve kept in touch and it was so fun to meet up with her finally. She gave us TONS of advice about what to do on the island, bars to go to, etc… seriously I love her and my friends and I were so grateful!
I also got to see my girl Lisa not once, but TWICE!! AHHHH. We went down to Savannah for the actual Fourth of July, and Lisa brought her friend who knew the area really well. It’s just nice to get tips from people who live in the area!
If all else fails, just use twitter!
And some not so serious, but also effective, advice:
+Bring a cooler
Going to a place where you can have open containers? Bring a cooler. Fill it with Mikes Hards. Drink.
Try to ignore the weird faces you will get about carrying said cooler around.
Because duh, you’ll save money.
What are some tips YOU have for a beach vacation?