Spring break - how to save but still have fun

Canadian winter is finally leaving us. We suffered through to cold, rain and snow for the past few months, and spring is coming. That means allergies flowers, soreness outdoor activities and big costs spring break. While we’d all probably love to hop on a plane and hit some foreign beaches for spring break, that’s not always within financial reach. So if you’ve got some time off coming – or your kids are out of school for the week – it’s time to start planning some last minute ways to have spring break without being spring broke. The Staycation You know how this works. Stick around! Be a tourist in your own town and take in the sites you’ve been meaning to see. With the nice weather lately, it’s going to feel like a brand new place. Last minute deals Whether you’re using a travel agent, or checking out the best deals online, there are last-minute deals if you’re not exactly sure where you want to go. Start with a budget, and then see which locations fit into your plan! The road trip Cut out one of the biggest expenses: flights! Hit the road the

Spring Break Planning for Families: Teaching your kids to budget

With spring break just around the corner, I’m sure the kids are already asking, “Where are we going?!?”, “Are we headed to DisneyLand?!?!”. Even if you’re not on your way to The Happiest Place on Earth, you can still have a great time with your kids, and use this as a learning/saving opportunity for the whole family. Now you can tell them, you’ve got something great planned, and you need their help. Whether you’re setting a big goal, or a small one, everyone in the family will be able to pitch in, help, and learn how to budget. Start the Family Budget When I was a kid, my folks taught me a little bit about saving money… using a big jar. We set a family goal of going to Callaway Park (just outside Calgary – and a 4 hour drive from where I grew up) during spring break. To save money for the trip, we were going to do it as a family. Anytime we had some spare allowance money, or helped out with extra chores, some extra cash was added to the jar. While the ‘jar technique’ won’t earn you any interest, it’s

Spring Break on a Budget: A Student’s Guide

Here it comes. That one glorious week in second semester that’s for catching up on your studies, cleaning your dorm room and calling your parents to report on your straight As… Ok – I think the parents stopped reading. Spring break is a great time to relax and potentially take a trip with some friends. Common destinations like beaches in California, Florida or Mexico dominate the spring break ideals, but you can see there are a lot of options for fun during your spring break from university. Stay Local There are plenty of great things to do around your town, trust me. Check out Facebook for events, shows and concerts. Hit your student union building and check out the postings as well. Just because there are no classes, doesn’t mean there isn’t going to be any action. Go to the Experts Check out something like Hotwire Children (2-17 yrs) Compare with Hotels.com (opens in new window)), Priceline or a local travel agent to see where the deals are. If you have a reasonable budget for some fun, and don’t care exactly where you go, I guarantee you’ll be able to find some fun. Follow the