By Benjamin Roode, with Samantha Donohue, for BabyFit
During these uncertain economic times, families are combing their budgets in search for extravagances or amenities they can cut.
One large, traditional yearly expense--the summer vacation--seems an easy place to save big. After all, a week at the beach can buy a lot of bulk food and electricity! But instead of saving money by sacrificing your sanity, a few simple changes can keep that much-needed getaway within your reach.
Stretch your summer vacation and make more memories by thinking beyond the standard week at an amusement park or on a cruise ship.
Enact these cost-saving measures this summer to add coins to your pockets and snapshots to your scrapbook.
- Brown bag it: This is a big money saver. Planning your breakfasts and lunches and making them yourself can easily cut $5-$10 per person per day from your trip incidentals. For a family of four on a weeklong vacation, that's at least $140--or a couple of tanks of gas and