Plan an ultra-affordable family escape with money-saving tips, fantastic freebies and dealsBy Karen CatchpoleRead More »from 13 Tricks for Spending Less on Your Dream Family Vacation
No matter where you're planning to go, read this before you book. Photo by Getty Images
1. Max out your rewards
You will likely use your credit card for some or all of your vacation expenses, so go to CardHub.com to compare cards and apply for the one that gives you the best rewards on travel deals.
2. Visit Groupon
Even if you don't book your trip through Groupon.com, the site is a great place to bargain-hunt for activities. "I once signed up for Groupon in Maui before a trip and purchased an underwater 'Snuba' adventure that combined snorkeling and scuba diving at 70% off the original price," says Lissa Poirot, editor of the family travel planning site FamilyVacationCritic.com.
3. Snag old-fashioned coupons
Official state welcome centers, which are often located on highways as you enter a new state, offer racks full of coupon booklets that contain great discounts on entrance fees for local attractions, restaurants, motels and more.
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