Saving money is a common new year’s resolution.
In fact, spending less hit the list of the top resolutions for 2017.
But in order to make sure you actually follow through with your promise to yourself, you’ve got to get more specific.
How are you going to save money?
What luxuries are you going to rid of, or what corners are you going to cut to end up with a thicker wallet at the end of 2018?
There are countless ways to save money. From trying your hand at making your own white chocolate mocha instead of splurging on Starbucks everyday, to ridding of cable TV and going all-in with Netflix, there are options galore.
As an RV traveler, you know that costs involved with this luxury can get expensive.
However, instead of having to cut out of your life one of the things you enjoy most, there are a number of easy ways that you can lower your RV travel costs. This way, you can still enjoy your travels, and possibly enjoy them even more than ever knowing that you’re saving some serious dollars!
While few things feel greater than going out on the open road in your RV with the warm summer sun shining, your feelings of bliss can quickly get smashed when you hit bumper-to-bumper traffic, or an over-packed campsite.
Camping during the spring and summer certainly has its perks — warmer weather, more accessible sites, more outdoor activities — that’s just the beginning.
However, RV camping during the fall and winter is something we are sure you’ll love, especially with the money it’s going to save you.
Here are just some of the reasons camping during the off-season is so great:
You’ll find your savings during this time extend to time saved on the road, lack of AC costs, finding joy in simple activities such as bundling up and reading your book, and so much more. To find a campground that’s open all year, click here.
Because we love camping (and know you do too), and believe that all RV travelers should be able to spend more time doing what they love, we created the Value Kard Rewards program.
This premium KOA offering give you access to discounts on a number of camping-related things.
And for an annual cost of just $30, you can save thousands of dollars.
As a Value Kard Rewards camper, here are some of the deals you’ll have access to:
This merely skims the surface of the savings you’ll experience as a VKR member. To learn more about KOA’s Value Kard Rewards, visit here.
While it seems that going out of your way to save a few extra pennies per gallon of gas seems absurd, truth be told, RVs are notorious gas guzzlers.
Even the most advanced of these vehicles eats gas like a kid eats candy.
Plus, many RV gas tanks can hold up to 150 gallons of fuel, so when you’re talking about a few pennies per gallon in a 150-gallon tank, you are talking some serious money.
So what’s the best way to find the cheapest gas?
Use the GasBuddy app.
GasBuddy allows you to look up gas prices by city or zip code, and tracks the most affordable fuel in your surrounding area.
Whether you’re dining at five-star restaurants or going through the drive-thru, the costs of eating out while traveling in your RV will add up.
Not to mention the fact you’ve got a great kitchen right there, waiting for you.
You can save money on groceries, and chances are you’ll have leftovers to enjoy for tomorrow’s lunch.
If you’ve got a slow cooker, bring that along with you. This little pot is the definition of convenience and budget-friendly meals.
The added bonus to this one is that cooking in your RV allows you to stay on better track with your health, as you’re able to pick and choose every ingredient that goes into your belly.
Check out the hundreds of recipes on the KOA blog to find some tasty ones to give a try on your next trip!
While heavy-duty RV maintenance should be left to the professionals, there’s no reason that you can’t handle the small issues on your own.
Invest a bit of time in studying your RV and basic maintenance, and some money in a set of inexpensive tools.
Here are some tips on how to learn basic RV maintenance:
While spontaneity is one of the best perks of traveling via an RV, it can end up costing a lot of extra money.
Going back and forth between places, and making a last-minute decision to head to a destination far away will require coughing up some more cash.
You can avoid this, and still have a lot of fun, by planning your RV travels ahead of time.
There are a few ways things you’ll want to include in your planning:
Plus, planning helps build anticipation for your trip, so you’ll have reason to look forward to it even more.
With modern technology, you likely won’t need an extra gadget — most smartphones have GPS built into them.
Just be sure that you use it.
If you go with your gut on a route to your destination, you may end up getting lost and, as a result, spending extra money to get back on track.
Also, GPS systems typically help to find the shortest route, so you’ll be saving gas money with this technology as well.
Saving money this year without having to cut down on your RV travels isn’t so hard, is it?
In fact, implementing the above easy tricks will give you some extra cash that you may just find yourself spending on a bonus RV vacation later in the year.
To plan that trip you’ve worked so hard to earn, head on over to Find a KOA to discover where your next camping adventure will take you!
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