10 Cost-effective Ways to Shop for a Vacation


Scope out the Meal Bargains

When you're traveling, eating out can get expensive. If you want to keep mealtime simple most days, opt for a hotel room that includes a fridge and microwave, or even a kitchenette. Depending on where you're going and when you travel, this type of accommodation doesn't have to cost much more than a standard room.

If you're traveling within the U.S. and want to experience all the wonderful flavors of your destination, deal sites like Groupon can be a goldmine. You can easily change the parameters of your search to include your vacation destination. Meal deals on these sites are often 50 percent or more off the regular price. If a meal deal offered in your destination city looks good, verify that its expiration date extends beyond your scheduled travel date and sign up. It's an inspired way to dine well for less.

If you're on a grueling budget but still want to dine in style, consider making lunch the main meal of your day for the length of your stay. You can sample the local fare, but the prices will be more budget-friendly. You'll get a better night's sleep, too.