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Making savings on your journey to Florida will leave you with more money to spend on arrival. Before you leave, pack some English tea; American tea is not to the English tastes and while you can get PG Tips, it will cost you dear.

First your journey to the airport; we have a recipricol arrangement with some good friends. We take them and they take us whenever needed. Cost; just the petrol. If this is out of the question then there are bed and breakfast options that will park your car free. If neither of these options work for you then at least ring round the taxi firms; we saved £20 one year by doing this.

Airport shops are very seductive and you save a lot of money on duty free; or do you? Do a little research on your favourite scent or booze before you go and compare before you buy. As far as clothes go, wait til you get to Florida; the clothes are amazingly cheap. The best way not to get tempted is to simply not enter any clothes shops.

Next pack some little new little toys and colouring books etc to amuse the children at the airport. Also a book each for the adults. This will save you hitting the airport shops which are naturally more expensive. Pound shops are good for childrens bits.

If you are travelling by charter flight, you will have to pay extra for your meals (generally around £15 a head) You are allowed to take a pic nic on board (not liquids) and if you know your family do not like the airline meals, this can be good option. I often see families spend a fortune on endless snacks on board and leaving the meals they have paid for.

Water is your best choice on board as tea, coffee and particularly alcohol de hydrates you. Even soft drinks and fruit juice will not do you much good

Once you get to your lovely villa the family may clamour to go out for a meal. Since you will have to pop out for the breakfast items why not pick up a simple supper at the same time. Some salads, fresh rolls and fresh fruit would be perfect and what better to have your first meal than by your private pool.

You will feel particularly hungry for you first breakfast since your tummy will think it is lunchtime; buy eggs, cereals, breads, yogurts, doughnuts and plenty of milk.

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