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Money Saving Tips while on Vacation
There are lots of ways to save money while you are on holiday without affecting your vacation and here are some of them.
Firstly use your villa; the private pool will eat up many happy hours but most homes nowadays are packed with extras which make the odd day in most enjoyable.
Since you will get wake up early due to the jet lag, take advantage of this and plan to arrive at the park half an hour before the parks open. You will then do all the popular rides first before the queues build up and therefore need fewer park tickets.
When you visit the water parks you can buy a drink for around $6 that you can then refill all day free of charge. In the hot months this can be a great deal.
When you go into shops and restaurants you will see lots of coupon books dotted around. Pick these up and clip the coupons; these will save you money on meals out, attractions and shops. On the same theme if you go onto the websites of your favourite restaurants they will often email you a voucher.
Restaurants often have good early bird menus that offer you considerable savings. Breakfast buffets can be a good idea before a day at the parks. For around $8 you can all fill up for the entire day.
Clothes are very cheap in Florida and there are many good malls in the area. Jeans, trainers, t. shirts and other sportswear are good value and they are branded which plaeses the fussy kids. Designer wear is also fabulous as well; try Premium Outlets Mall.
There are 2 kinds of parks in Florida; the fabulous theme parks we all know and love but did you know about State Parks? These offer a good contrast to the mayhem of Disney and there are a good selection within driving distance of the mouse. Lakes, woods, farms, old houses; they have it all. Ant the best thing, most cost only a dollar and some are free.
When you go to the parks you could take some snacks and drinks with you and pop them in your locker. There are also water fountains dotted round the parks that have cooled filtered water.
Finally, if your rental home has community facilities, use them. This is a good change of scene and you will meet other families. There is rarely a charge for these facilities and they are well maintained.
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Page added on: 1 April 2009
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