• Laiken Howard

12 Ways to Save Money for Your Beach Vacation

Updated: Mar 11


It Pays to Save for a Beach Vacation

It's that time of the year! You’ve worked long and hard and now its time to plan for that beach vacation! Vacations can be expensive putting a strain on savings. However an amazing vacation doesn’t have to break the bank, if you follow a few money saving hacks you’ll be on the right track for saving money not only for your vacation but while you’re on vacation too! With these 12 hacks, you’ll be that much closer financially to your next beach vacation!


Plan Ahead of Time

1.) Set a Budget.

First things first, how much do you want to spend? How much can you spend? Like other expenses, go ahead and set a budget for what you plan on spending for your vacation. Start with calculating your big-ticket items to determine how much you’ll need, including airfare or gas, tickets for shows, dining, souvenirs, etc. It’s also a good idea to set aside some spending money for incidental expenses or last minute purchases during your trip.


2.) Create a Savings Plan.

Now that you know how much you’ll need, its time to start saving! The key is to be consistent. The best way to stick to it is to create a savings plan, whether that is setting up an auto deposit for your vacation fund or putting aside a fixed amount into your travel account every time you're paid.


Many Grand Palms Resort vacation owners are taking advantage of the maintenance fee monthly payment plan to help them save for their vacation. To read more about this plan click here.


3.) Start a Money Jar. Put $15-$20 in it every week.

This is similar to Step 2, but some people find it easier to physically set aside cash vs. transferring money into a separate account. Another reason you may want to start up a money jar is to save up to bring cash with you when you travel. Cash on trips can be used for tips, vendors, food stands, etc.


4.) Use Apps to Your Advantage.

If you’re flying, there are several apps you can take advantage of such as Expedia, Kayak, Hopper, and SkyScanner. Google also provides travel comparisons by searching your start and destination. These apps give you instant access to the best flight deals.


If you’re driving, apps like GasBuddy, Waze, and Gas Guru are all useful tools for helping you locate the cheapest gas wherever you are.


5.) Buy Supplies Ahead of Time.

Odds are you know what you will need on your vacation. A way to save money ahead of time is to go ahead and shop for your supplies before you reach your vacation destination. By shopping locally you can ensure you get the best savings.


Supplies you should snag before traveling include sunscreen, toiletries, snacks and staple food items. You can prepare those food items in our fully equipped kitchens. Check out our article – Top Travel Hacks: How to Pack for a Beach Vacation.


Cut Back on Expenses

6.) Modify Monthly Subscriptions – Magazines, Streaming Services, etc.

This is probably a good thing to do in general – but especially when you are trying to save! It’s time to review your monthly subscriptions and decide whether or not you should cancel or reconsider your options. For example, cutting out cable and switching to Netflix can save you several hundred dollars a year.


7.) Find Free Things to Do.

There are tons of free/affordable things to do! Take a walk in the park, read a book, watch a movie, play a game and of course take advantage of the best free amenity – the beach! (Click here to access our Welcome Magazine to see our complimentary beach shuttle schedule.)


Too many free activities to choose from? A great way to decide is to write out a list of free/affordable activities and place them in a jar. Then when you want to do something, just pull an activity out the jar and do it!


8.) Make a Grocery List and Skip Take-out.

Another great way to save money is to make a grocery list. This keeps you from grabbing unnecessary items which in turn helps you save. Another thing, Don’t Do Take-out! This will save you tons of money and will help you cook what you already have. Go ahead and take the money that take-out would’ve cost you and put it towards your next trip!


Save Money on Your Vacation

9.) Choose Off-Season Vacation Times.

When it comes to booking your vacation, choose the less popular and less busy time to save money. The lowest vacation rental rates tend to be during the Fall/Winter months.


One of the perks of planning a Myrtle Beach vacation is that Fall is referred to as Summer, Part II. We’ve already published how the daily weather forecast is a snowbird’s dream during these months, which is why flocks of our guests migrate from the north to our tropical paradise. P.S. – You can also book directly from Grand Palms Resort (formerly Plantation Resort) by calling 888-913-4477 for a better price.



10.) Travel with Family or Friends.

Sharing the expenses by traveling with friends or family is a great way to save on your vacation. Plus, you will have memories and quality time with loved ones while splitting the costs of your stay, food, etc.


11.) Plan Your Meals.

Go ahead and take full advantage of our full kitchens. You’ll definitely save money by choosing to eat a few meals in. Plan your menu ahead of time so you know exactly what you need. By planning ahead you can set aside money for dining out expenses and groceries. And when you dine out, consider early bird specials and happy hour deals too.


12.) Find Free Events/Activities.

One of the biggest perks of the beach is that it's free! Soak up some vitamin-d, dig your toes in the sand, or catch some waves all at no-cost. You can also have a picnic at a state park, or hang out by the pool at the Resort. Grand Palms Resort offers access to free board games and other activities including free state park passes during your stay.



Plan Your Vacation at Your Favorite Destination

These are our top 12 ways to save money for your beach vacation. Did we miss anything? Let us know in our comment section. We’d love to hear your feedback. We hope this has helped you think of ways to save for that beach vacation you deserve! To reserve your stay, call one of our friendly Reservations Representatives at 888-913-4477.

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