The average vacation for a family of four can cost between $1,145 to $4,580.
A staycation can help you save money while still spending quality time with your family.
Plan your affordable staycation with these tips:
1. Use the KCL app to stock up on snacks, sunscreen, and bottled water ahead of time.
Start four to six weeks in advance of your staycation and choose two printable coupon deals per week to go for. You can opt for printable coupon deals only and that way you don’t even need a newspaper!
Download the KCL app and choose items with the stock-up icon next to them. These are the lowest prices we see on items. Add them to “My List” and shop away!
Think about what you’ll be doing and plan accordingly. Grab sunscreen if you’re headed to the beach, or bug spray for camping. (Target recently had a killer sunscreen promo. Keep your eyes peeled for these!)
2. Follow KCL for online deals on fun summer gear for your yard.
Add fun patio and yard items to really make it feel like a vacation. Think hammock, fire pit, and outdoor toys for the kids. We’re seeing a lot of these deals right now, so pay attention either on the KCL website or the KCL app. We can hook you up!
3. Use Restaurant.com to eat out for less. (Preferably at restaurants where kids eat free!)
Just because you’re staying at or near your home doesn’t mean you have to cook every night. Better yet, find new restaurants or explore different cuisines to really make it feel like a vacation.
You can save up to 50% on meals by shopping with Restaurant.com. (Seriously!)
Try to find restaurants where kids eat free. Check out our comprehensive guide to kids eat free restaurants. Kids eating free and adults armed with Restaurant.com is gonna equal an almost-free meal!
Here are 10 popular spots that offer free meals for kids:
- Applebee’s: Kids eat free on Tuesday evenings at participating Applebee’s.
- Steak n’ Shake: Kids eat free on Saturdays and Sundays at participating Steak n’ Shakes.
- Quiznos: Kids eat free on Saturdays at participating Quiznos.
- Denny’s: Kids eat free on Tuesday evenings at participating Denny’s.
- Chick-fil-A: Kid eat free on Tuesday evenings at participating Chick-fil-A’s.
- Bob Evans: Kids eat free on Tuesdays after 4 p.m. at Bob Evans.
- C.B. & Potts: Kids eat free on Thursdays at C.B. & Potts.
- Cici’s Pizza: Kids under 3 eat free every day at Cici’s Pizza.
- Firehouse Subs: Kids eat free on Wednesdays at Firehouse Subs.
- Hooters: Kids eat free on Sundays at participating Hooters restaurants.
4. Don’t want to stay in your home? Save money on hotel stays with Ibotta.
Another option for using Ibotta to save on your lodging is to buy a hotel Groupon through Ibotta. If you can find a Groupon deal on a hotel you like, you’re gonna get a 10% rebate on your Groupon purchase if you buy in-app through Ibotta.
TIP: You can get 10% off ANY Groupon you buy through Ibotta. So whether it’s glow-in-the-dark mini golf or salsa dance lessons, you’re bound to save.
5. Check out Go Camping America if you want to camp close to home.
Search for campgrounds with family-friendly amenities, like a pool, arcade room, or mini-golf course.
6. Take advantage of free things to do in your city.
No need to bust your budget on family-friendly activities. There are plenty of cheap and even free things to do with your kids.
- Go to the movies for $1: Regal Cinemas costs $1 for family-friendly movies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- Attend a free Home Depot workshop: Free workshops at Home Depotare geared for ages 5 to 12.
- Explore a museum: Many bigger museums have discounts for in-state residents. If not, check out discounted days and times, or visit lesser-known free museums.
- Visit the library: Local libraries often host free speakers, concerts, and children’s activities. A staycation is the perfect time to catch up on some reading too.
- Root for a minor league team: Get all the excitement of a major league baseball game for a fraction of the price. Check out the schedule.
Check out these 17 free things to do with your kids this summer.
7. Think outside the box and make your home into an adventure zone.
- Do a Tropical theme night: Drink virgin piña coladas, eat tropical foods, and listen to steel drums music for a tropical day.
- Pretend you’re camping in your backyard: Camp out under the stars right in your own backyard. Make s’mores in your fire pit, pitch a tent, eat hot dogs, and pretend you’re in the great outdoors.
- Celebrate your favorite holiday: Pull out some Christmas decorations, sing along to your favorite holiday jams, and decorate cookies together. Celebrate Halloween by coming up with creative Halloween costumes with items you already have, and watch spooky movies together.