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With Easter just past I’m sure many of us took the trek to see family and friends to have some fun. Even if the drive is across the city there is some travel that as done to get there and unfortunately all of that travel has a cost. When we’re not really prepared for this that cost can make us dread the holidays even more than seeing those relatives we would much rather avoid.
Some holidays are more expensive than others (Christmas takes the cake on that) but that doesn’t mean all the others are that much cheaper. There are many hidden costs that creep up especially when it comes to the travel. With relatives living out of town you end up packing the kids into the car and driving to see your parents or grandma. The cost of the extra gas alone can make some people cringe.
Planning for all of these hidden and unexpected expenses can really help you out. Here are a few things that we did this time around to cut down the costs:
- Pack snacks rather than stop at fast food joints
- Keep splurge spending in check
- Take some leftovers (it can cut down your food bill the next week)
- Set aside money for the spending
- If you have kids plan to keep them occupied
Holidays can be a great time to catch up with friends and family you haven’t seen in a long time but it can also be stressful. Remember to pause and enjoy the time. Take stock of things, see how others live their lives and create yourself some memories. Plan for the trip so the hidden costs don’t surprise you.