I am so very glad we took our grand adventure of a family vacation to the Oregon Coast last year, since this year, we can barely afford to take the kids camping! The economy is still a mess, and for our family, doesn’t look like it’s going to be getting better very quickly.
Being in debt doesn’t mean you have to completely give up any plans for a family vacation, either – it just means you have to use some smart vacation budgeting skills, and maybe tone down your ideas of what a dream vacation should be. Use National Parks and free online trip planning sites to help find the best deals. Stay in a hotel or rental house that includes a kitchen – cooking meals is a lot cheaper than eating out three times a day. The important thing is to spend time with your family relaxing and reconnecting; that’s what a true family vacation is all about.
Besides scaling down vacation plans, another way that families can help deal with these stressful economic times is through debt consolidation. Many credit counseling agencies offer ways to lower your monthly payments and your interest rates – and they will help you create a plan to get completely out of debt.
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