Going to the beach is one of those summer family vacations that everyone truly looks forward to. And for good reason, right? The sound of the waves hitting the shore, the smell of the water in the breeze, the cooling feeling of dipping your toes (or your entire body!) directly into the water are all reasons that a trip to the beach is one of the most favorite activities of millions of people. The other great part about going to the beach? It’s a vacation that isn’t going to break the bank. It is absolutely doable to budget for the beach for a minimal cost to you and your family budget. If you’re looking for a few tips on how to make that happen, here are some suggestions to help you get started!
Simple Ways to Budget for the Beach
Pack Your Own Food from Home
Nothing adds up quicker than thinking that a restaurant meal has to happen. If you’re planning a trip to the beach, plan ahead and pack your own family picnic. Fruits, veggies, chips, and sandwiches in a cooler are the perfect picnic items to fill your tummies and leave your budget for the beach intact as well!
Head to the Dollar Store
Many people tend to overlook everything that the dollar store has to offer. While the selection can vary, they typically do a pretty good job of having seasonal items in stock as needed. You can find sunscreen, lip balm, flip flops, sand toys, visors, and even some great food items all for only $1 each! That’s a super simple way to budget for the beach and get prepped and prepared for your upcoming beach trip. Check out the previous post on how the dollar store can help you save money on travel.
Find a Beach with Free Parking
Many beaches are free, but some do cost money. It’s important to do your research because while some cost money to enter, other’s may cost money just to be able to park. Thanks to the usefulness of the internet, you can research ahead of time and find out just how much your trip to the park will cost for you and your family. Some days can be cheaper than others as well, so those are all questions to find answers to during your search. And if all else fails, just pick up the phone and call. Regardless, with enough research and effort, you can find parks that are either free or have very small fees to enjoy a day full of fun frolicking on the beach!
Carpool with Another Family
If you have friends that are also wanting to head to the beach, why not see about riding together? It’s a great way to save on gas costs, plus you may find that some beaches charge for the carload, and not per person. Riding together to the beach can be a super simple way to budget for the beach!
Set Aside Money from Each Paycheck
If you truly want to budget for the beach, then set aside a small amount of money from your paycheck each week. This is a great way to ensure that you’ll stay within your given budget. Not only will you be doing it automatically, but you’ll know just how much you have in your beach fund.
Spending the summer at the beach sounds like the perfect family-friendly activity! Try a few of the suggestions above to help in making your trip to the beach budget-friendly and see if it helps you and your family stay within your set financial constraints. You may be surprised at just how easy it is to stay within your budget once you start thinking outside the box a bit on ways to make it happen.
Stay tuned for more great ways to save money this summer. Whether you’re staying home or heading on vacation, I’ll have tips to make each and every day more affordable. And, if you want to see more of my great tips, head over to the YouTube channel for more great content.