The Ultimate Guide To Saving On Spring Break Activities

Spring break can be affordable, if you make the right moves. This ultimate guide will help you plan the perfect spring break on a budget.

Spring break is right around the corner. What will you do with your children for this much needed week of relaxation? Whatever you decide to do whether travel or take a staycation and visit local sites, it doesn’t have to leave you penniless when it’s over. Today I will tell you how to make the most of your spring break on a budget.

I have grandchildren around the same age as my nieces and nephews, so they enjoy doing some of the same things. My sisters and I have a fun spring break planned for the children. That brings me to how we are doing spring break this year and how you can do it without going to the poor house.

1) Plan ahead

Do you and your friends or siblings have children around the same age that like to do the same things? If so then consider pooling your resources. Last summer, my sisters and I sat down and planned the children’s spring break. We decided this year we will stay in our great state of Alabama, a staycation of sorts.

2) Pool your resources

Since we have seven youngsters between us to entertain we all pitched in and rented a room at a local hotel that has an indoor swimming pool. We rented it for the weekend using my FREE AARP discount. My husband qualifies for AARP and I get the privilege of a free spousal membership, even though I am still a tenderoni.  What discounts can you use to save on fun activities? Does your city or state have an entertainment book with coupons? Are you a military family? Does grandma or grandpa have any discounts they can use for you?

3) Find free or low-cost activities

While our state parks aren’t exactly free, the one we are visiting is only $5 a carload. My sister drives a suburban and we can all fit. Let’s see $5.00/3 adults is roughly $1.67 each. Then we all pitched in to rent a cabin for two day’s, so the children can go hiking on one of the beautiful nature trails. We are all pitching in to buy groceries so we can cook in the cabin and make smores around a campfire.

4) Set a budget

Mind you I have four grandchildren that I will be spending spring break with. So before the pooling resources activities begin, I still have to do things with them for four days. I get them the weekend before spring break so that weekend we will stay in and watch movies. Did I mention those movies will be on Netflix which is only $12 a month. Watch away little grandbabies watch away. The Monday and Tuesday of spring break, we will visit the Birmingham Museum of Art where admission is free. We will also visit some notable landmarks here in our city that are free. My budget for those four day’s is $100. We will eat breakfast at home, and pack a fun lunch to have while out and about.

For those of you who opt to go out of town, check resort or theme park websites for discounts. You never know what great deals you might find. Also, if you are going out of town try and visit somewhere you have family that you can stay with. Make sure to offer a token of thanks in the form of cash for the stay.

Don’t have any family where you are visiting? Not a problem. If the place you are visiting is a vacation/destinations hotspot, try booking your room at an adjoining town. Some of them are just as beautiful as their popular neighbors and could prove to be more affordable.

Whatever you do for spring break, have fun, be safe and don’t break the bank.

*Part of Financially Savvy Saturdays on brokeGIRLrich.*


on The Ultimate Guide To Saving On Spring Break Activities

  1. LaCosta Gaston
    February 12, 2018 at 10:56 am (1 year ago)

    We are actually not doing anything for spring break. We are saving for the big summer family trip. Great tips though. Thanks

    • tracie45
      February 12, 2018 at 6:09 pm (1 year ago)

      I have to do something with my grandchildren LaCosta, or else they will get on my nerves for the entire week. They will be bored to tears. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  2. Nellwyn
    February 12, 2018 at 12:46 pm (1 year ago)

    These are great tips! I’m going skiing this spring break with my family and pooling our resources definitely makes a big difference. I’ve also borrowed some ski supplies to help keep my budget down.

    • tracie45
      February 12, 2018 at 6:08 pm (1 year ago)

      Nellwyn, skiing sounds fun! I see you kept your budget in mind when planning this trip. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  3. Nancy L.
    February 12, 2018 at 3:40 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks for the awesome tips! I wouldn’t have thought to check out AARP for discounts and I am at the age where I, myself, can be an AARP member! Woot! (Maybe I shouldn’t be too too happy about that? (old)…lol)

    • tracie45
      February 12, 2018 at 6:07 pm (1 year ago)

      Nancy, girl get excited about AARP, I know I sure did, my husband not so much lol. I am glad that you found value in this post. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  4. brianne
    February 12, 2018 at 8:45 pm (1 year ago)

    These are such great tips! I am sitting here struggling about this too. We haven’t booked anything right now.

    • tracie45
      February 14, 2018 at 5:46 pm (1 year ago)

      I am glad that you found value in this post Brianne! I hope you find something budget-friendly and fun to do for spring break! Thank you for reading and commenting!

  5. Gingermommy
    February 13, 2018 at 8:58 am (1 year ago)

    These are really amazing tips for a fun Spring break adventure. I am going to have to use some of these suggestions when my kids have their break!

    • tracie45
      February 14, 2018 at 5:42 pm (1 year ago)

      I am glad that you found the tips useful and received value from this post Ginger. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  6. Christina
    February 13, 2018 at 7:58 pm (1 year ago)

    I think setting a budget is key. That way you don’t come home with any regrets about your vacation and you can enjoy it without stressing out.

    • tracie45
      February 14, 2018 at 5:31 pm (1 year ago)

      Right Christina! I budget for everything. My husband says I will budget for a pack of gum. Vacations are meant to be stress-free and I do all I can to keep them that way. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  7. Sierra Michelle
    February 14, 2018 at 7:51 am (1 year ago)

    This is so awesome and right on time! I’ve been trying to plan my son’s spring break. I’m also taking off a few days to spend with him. Thanks for the tips!

    • tracie45
      February 14, 2018 at 5:29 pm (1 year ago)

      I am glad you found value in this post Sierra! I always try my best to plan ahead so if something comes up or if I am sharing resources, like this time, and someone can’t fulfill their part it doesn’t throw my plans off. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  8. ShootingStarsMag
    February 14, 2018 at 1:36 pm (1 year ago)

    These are all really great tips. I don’t know when my nieces and nephew are on Spring Break – they’re in a new school. It’s most likely next month though. I love bringing them to library events though because it’s fun and they are usually all free.


    • tracie45
      February 14, 2018 at 5:19 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you Lauren! Oh how I love the library, especially with my younger grands. I always tell them you can go anywhere you want to in a book so always read. Free is always on my radar as well. Thanks for reading and commenting!


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