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Tip of the week: How to save on a family vacation

What you can do <em>before</em> a vacation to help cut costs.

Eat smart. The cost of eating out tends to add up. When you make a hotel reservation, request an empty mini-fridge to store breakfast foods, bagged lunches, and leftovers. The last thing you need is hungry little “Junior opening the mini-bar” and hiking up the hotel bill.

Cut coupons. Earn “respect from the front desk” by signing up for loyalty programs or e-mail newsletters from favorite hotels and airlines. Not only will you score access to deals first, but you will also be able to book ahead to get the rooms and seats you want.

Do your research.
Find out in advance where the tourist traps are and which museums and national parks offer free admission. Some employers may also provide employees with discounts and coupons for everything from theme parks to movie theaters. Ask yours.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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