Frugal Florida: Family travel money-saving tips

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Barnacle Historic State Park (credit: Florida State Parks)

Barnacle Historic State Park (credit: Florida State Parks)

Florida Vacation Guide: Save money on your family vacation to Florida

Planning a family vacation to Florida is enough to send your bank account begging for mercy. Theme parks, attractions, restaurant meals – it all adds up. But don’t worry. There are some ways you can make your dollars stretch so that you can end up having some money in your pocket when you return home.

Book your Florida vacation in the off season

You can save a significant amount of money just by booking in the shoulder season. Vacationers flock to Florida during the winter months to escape the snow, and during summer break when the kids are off school. Savvy vacationers, though, book their tickets to Florida for the periods when room rates are at their lowest: April/May, between Easter and Memorial Day and September/October, between Labor Day and Halloween.

Consider renting a home rather than a hotel

It may seem like a luxurious splurge to rent a home or a condo instead of checking in to a cheap hotel, but it’s actually a great way to save money. If you book in the off season, you’ll be able to find a pretty good deal, but on top of that you’ll have a full kitchen so you’ll save a bundle on restaurant bills. Buying groceries is always going to be cheaper than eating out for your entire vacation.

Look for money-saving coupons

Keep your eyes peeled for money-saving coupons at interstate rest stops, hotel lobbies and magazine stands all over the state. These little discount booklets might just look like glorified junk mail, but they are actually full of savings. You can save money on admission prices at all kinds of attractions.

Tell us…

What’s your best tip for saving money on a Florida vacation?