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Release: Saving Money During Summer
Contact: Patrick Harris
Director of Media Relations
Ohio Credit Union League
Tips to Save Money While Still Enjoying a Summer
With a few savvy spending tricks, consumers can keep money in
their pockets during vacation
(June 7, 2011) The weather has turned warm and the kids
are out of school; that means it’s time for summer vacations.
Fortunately, there are plenty of money-smart strategies and
options that families can use to enjoy memorable summer
vacations that don’t cost a fortune.
trips are not necessary to make lasting family memories,” said
Patrick Harris, Director of Media Relations for the Ohio Credit
Union League (OCUL). “There are options that allow families to
travel less expensively while still enjoying memorable time
offering the following tips to help families make the most of
their money and summer vacations:
Make use of gas
Traveling by car is pretty much inevitable, whether enjoying an
out-of-town getaway or stay-cation this summer. Many retailers,
such as grocery stores and gas stations, offer gas discounts
that can amount to significant savings, especially if you plan
ahead and amass the rewards over the months leading up to your
Bring your own
food and snacks.
Whether traveling for a week-long or simple day trip, bring your
own food and snacks. Food and beverage prices are typically
higher in “touristy” areas, so save your money by bringing
bottled water and sodas, and packing snacks and lunches.
Have a budget
Many people budget for the travel and hotel costs of their
vacations, but forget to consider meals and activities when
on-site. Think carefully about what activities your family might
want to experience – water skiing and zip lining – and what
meals you’ll want to enjoy out, and budget appropriately before
Look for local
Summer is the season for local festivals and activities
throughout Ohio, and most are free. See what’s happening in your
local area by visiting
A plethora of kid-friendly and kid-free events await.
unnecessary financial instruments at home.
Before going on vacation, look through your wallet and purse and
remove any financial instruments that you won’t need, and leave
them at home. Why bring your checkbook or other less-used
payment methods on vacation and risk them being lost or stolen?
Only bring the forms of payment that you plan on using, plus one
The Ohio Credit
Union League, with offices in Columbus, is a state trade
association representing 387 credit unions. Credit unions are
not-for-profit financial institutions owned and
democratically-controlled by their members. Ohio credit unions
provide savings, loans, and other consumer financial services to
their 2.68 million members. To learn more, visit