Valdosta Daily Times


July 1, 2013

BUDGET DIARY: Life is a highway ...


SAVANNAH — 4. Take your car to the doctor.

Unless you are being completely and utterly spontaneous, it is always a good idea to take your car to get checked out before a road trip (this is not implying that spontaneity isn’t a good idea). Sure, you will spend money getting your oil checked and changed, and etc., but in the end, it's a lot cheaper to find out your car has a problem while you’re still at home as opposed to finding out that problem 300 miles outside of Albuquerque.

5. Lodging.

Some of you are about to cringe at this, but if you can do it, camping really is the cheapest way to catch some z's on a road trip. Generally speaking, tent sites with no amenities run anywhere from free to $10 per night. State parks can run anywhere from $5 to $30 a night depending on what the site offers. Sure, you could get a hotel for $30 per night, but I'm willing to bet the open wilderness would probably be cleaner. Just consider it all a part of the adventure.

Well, my lovely budgeteers, that's all I have for you this week. Don't forget to keep up with my moving shenanigans on Facebook at and follow me on Twitter @BudgetBrittany. Safe travels!


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