With summer now in full swing, many of us are looking for ways to take that memorable summer vacation without breaking the bank. From airfare to hotel stays to baggage fees, vacation costs can quickly add up if we aren't careful. However, making efficient travel choices does not have to translate into less fun in the sun. By unplugging our appliances while we're away on vacation, packing lighter, driving slower and making other simple shifts, we can each save hundreds—even thousands—of dollars and afford to relax, spend a little time with our family and explore the great outdoors.
Don't Overdo It
If you're spending summer vacation in your own backyard, keep in mind that most lawns need only 1 inch of water per week to stay healthy. Save up to $80 per year for a 2,500-square-foot lawn by applying 1 inch of water instead of 2 inches. You'll also conserve up to 40,000 gallons of water!
Over-watering not only wastes water, but increases runoff, sending fertilizers and other chemicals into sensitive water bodies and environments; it can result in the emergence of fungus and disease, not to mention ruined high heels and muddy carpets.