Extreme Couponing Tip: Staycations

Low on time and money this summer? Why not try a staycation!

Staycation: Taking a vacation at or nearby home. It supports local tourism & economy and saves time and money.

Ideas for Staycations:

  • Camp out in the backyard or a nearby campground. You’ll have all the necessities close by.
  • Check into a hotel in the neighboring city. This one’s great for couples and families Check with your Chamber of Commerce or city visiting center. Often they carry brochures with coupons, ideas, and discounts for hotels and activities).
  • Visit museums, zoos & aquariums. Be on the lookout for free or BOGO days. Also check out Visitor Center brochures as mentioned above or Entertainment Books.
  • Hiking, biking, and picnics are great ways to spend your morning & afternoon. Be on the lookout for free state parks (or ones that have a discounted season pass) for great hiking opportunities.
  • Go to a nearby park and fly kites or have a field day (complete with 3 legged races, tug-o-war, and freeze tag).
  • Dinner & a movie. For cheap movies, you can try out Netflix for a free trial or Blockbuster and Redbox free codes.
  • Have a block party with the neighbors. To save on food costs, ask each person to bring a pot luck dish/ dessert/ salad to share.
  • Check out close amusement parks and water parks. Look for discount family days, late hour tickets, or season passes.
  • Bowling, mini golf, and go kart centers often have summer or family discounts.
  • For couples, check into a nearby bed & breakfast (often they do not allow children under the age of 6-10). Off season or non-holidays tend to have the best rates.
  • Local factories (cheese, chocolate, ice cream factories) often offer tours & free samples. These are also great opportunities to learn how things are made.