If you haven’t already, you are probably thinking about what to do for your summer vacation. Where to go? Beach, mountains or stay close to home? Is it better to fly or drive? Or, skip the vacation entirely and save the money for a future house project? So many choices! While cost may be the biggest deciding factor this year for most, fortunately, Kansas City Credit Union has some tips for saving money while planning your summer vacation!
If You Choose to Take a Vacation…
Gas prices are finally on the decline so driving this summer might make sense for those who like the idea of a road trip or don’t want to pay to fly! You can plan out your route, stop along the way and enjoy the freedom of driving yourself. And, if you’re in the market for a new car, now might be the right time to get into a vehicle with even better gas mileage. The good news: Kansas City Credit Union can help with an auto loan! Or, you could refinance an existing auto loan from another lender at KCCU!
To save $ on gas while on your driving trip, there are several apps available for smartphones that will mark the lowest gas prices at gas stations along your vacation route. It’s often less expensive to bypass gas stations right off highway exits and take the eco-friendly route on your map app. Also, to get the best mileage, make sure your car is up to date on all maintenance – and do not use cruise control while going up steep hills!
Or, you could choose to fly! Depending on where you want to go, some airlines may offer deals on last minute flights. Experts also say the best day of the week to book your flight with any airline is on Tuesdays; however, the actual best day to book a flight is the day you can get the best deal! So, keep an eye out for those bargains!
Staycation Instead of Vacation…
If you decide to forgo a trip altogether, the money you save may be enough to fund an outing closer to home. Kansas City has so much to offer right here! You could book a stay in a local hotel for a night, go to an amusement or water park, see a baseball game, rent a boat for a day at a local lake, try that fancy restaurant you’ve been wanting to check out, get a massage, check out a local museum or a fun winery or brewery – with a little digging, you’ll find there is plenty of fun to be had around Kansas City this summer!
If You Choose Not to Go on Vacation…
Have a home improvement you been considering? Instead of taking a vacation this year, you could direct that money towards a home project you have been wanting to complete. Improve your backyard living area, build a new patio, improve your deck and landscaping, add a pool, create an outdoor kitchen or simply add a new grill and some patio furniture – just a few ideas on how you could make your home into an oasis!
Whether you decide to take a trip or stay in town, make the most of this summer! And remember, Kansas City Credit Union is here to help make this summer great with loan and refinancing options!