Fourth of July is not only a celebration of our nation's independence – it is also a great reason to escape for a long weekend and celebrate with family and friends. Whether you are celebrating at home or traveling, by doing a little homework before the weekend rolls around, you will be able to enjoy the holiday without spending too much money. Here are some ways you can save money this Fourth of July.
Save on Travel with Last Minute Deals
Hotel Deals: If you have not already planned your vacation, you may have a hard time getting hotel rooms in top travel destinations for cheap, but do not worry, you can still find last minute deals. Check websites like Groupon , Living Social and travel websites like Travelocity and Orbitz for vacancies/holiday deals. The closer it gets, the more a hotel is willing to negotiate with you.
Don’t Pay Too Much For Gas: If you are driving this holiday, you can use a mobile app like GasBuddy . GasBuddy allows you to enter the ZIP Code where you plan on filling up or uses GPS to find you the cheapest gas prices in the area. This can be really helpful, especially during the holiday weekend when gas prices tend to be more expensive.
Think Lakeside, Instead of Beachfront: Instead of traveling to the beach for the weekend, consider visiting the nearest lake or river for a fun day trip. Get a couple of your friends together and float the river or enjoy the day at a nearby lake for a great free idea.
Consider Camping: Consider camping at a State or National Park for the weekend. State and National Parks have an incredible amount of areas available for you at very low rates.
Save on Fireworks
Buying smart: Going to a fireworks show is fun, but so is blasting some off in your neighborhood. It is very easy to spend a small fortune on fireworks, especially when you are selecting a considerable variety. To save money, look for a large fireworks warehouse instead of visiting small stands. Also, when selecting your variety of fireworks, choose ones that give you the most “bang” for your buck!
Catch the Local Fireworks Show: If putting on your own fireworks extravaganza is not for you, most cities put on a free fireworks show. Check your local newspaper for the time and place. Make a night of it, by setting up a picnic and games. Remember to get there early, in order to stake out the best spot.
If there are no local fireworks shows being held, look around for alternative entertainment options. For example, there might be a parade nearby to enjoy. You can also invite all of the neighbors over and combine your fireworks display for a big block-party.
Save On Food
Host a Pot Luck: If you are throwing a Fourth of July party this year, consider throwing a pot luck instead of providing all of the food. This way you can save on food, and you get a larger variety for your guests.
Plan Ahead and Look for Coupons: If you enjoy cooking and wish to make all of the food, make a list of who will be coming to the party and base your food around that to avoid serving too much food. See if you can find coupons in your local paper or on websites to help you lower your food costs a little bit.
Regardless of what you do this Fourth of July, make sure to stay safe. Remember do your research, save where you can, keep safety in mind and HAVE FUN this Independence Day!