It’s summer time and that means oodles of people are on the way to the nearest beach. There are good times aplenty, but getting there and having a blast can be expensive!
Before you grab your bags and sunscreen then hit the door, here are the 4 most common financial mistakes that people make at the beach– and how you can avoid them.
Get There Comfortably
One of the biggest financial mistakes that people make on a beach vacation happens before they ever get there! If people have more than one car, and one of them is larger, people tend to take their larger car because they believe that it will be more comfortable.
While that is probably true, the cost of the additional gas that it takes to get to the beach may not be worth the price.
So take the smallest car that you have that everyone going on the trip can fit into. It will save you gas money.
It is tempting to dine out for all or most meals at the beach, but the convenience is not worth the cost.
Not only are beach restaurants expensive, but recognizable franchises frequently charge more for items that you recognize – simply because of their location at a tourist destination.
A final consideration when it comes to dining out is the effect that dining out has on a person’s health.
Eating at fast food restaurants or beach restaurants that serve delicious-though-unhealthy meals weakens the immune system.
So even if a person decide that it is worth the price to purchase food at the beach, they should also consider the medical bills, costs of medicine, and the time they might need to take off from work to recover.
A great alternative to dining out is purchasing fresh groceries from a local store and cooking them in your hotel, if there is a kitchen. If not, purchase items that do not need to be cooked.
People frequently decide that they should stay beachside, because the whole purpose of the trip is to visit the beach.
The financial repercussions of this can be huge.
Hotels are more expensive on the beach than similar or even nicer hotels that are further from the beach.
This is because the real estate on the beach is most desirable, so many hotels do not need to update their premises to stay competitive; they stay competitive simply by sitting where they are.
Avoid the high costs of beachside hotels by staying further from the beach, stay in a place that is more affordable, and possibly newer.
An added bonus to staying away from the beach is that there is less stress, as areas are less crowded at all times, but especially late into the night.
Instead of hitting the ubiquitous tourist shops to collect souvenirs, here are some ways that you can take home mementos without shelling out your hard earned money.
When you are on the beach, pick up shells. This is a great idea because the shells that you take home are meaningful because you found them. Also, the act of hunting for them can be fun.
Instead of purchasing paintings or pictures, use your phone or camera to take pictures. Or better yet, draw what you see or do, or write about your experiences.
So when a person heads to the beach, they should save money by making sure that they take their most reasonable car, purchase fresh groceries from a local grocery store, stay away from the beach, and find or create their own souvenirs.
What is your favorite way to save money at the beach?