You could save an extra $5,760 by next summer.
The money to finance your next family vacation could be sitting in your kitchen cupboard.
Families of four who commit to brown bagging every day for a school year (180 days) can save up to $5,760, according to Coupons.com savings expert Jeanette Pavini.
By whittling down to a typical lunch of sandwiches and a few healthy snacks, the price of lunch can be reduced to about $3 per day — well below even the best lunch special.
And with all those savings, we’ve got a few ideas for where you can spend your next summer vacation.
Staying at an all-inclusive resort is a great way to keep costs in check while making sure kids are fed and entertained for every minute of vacation. The Barceló Maya Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico has a kids club with supervised activities for those aged 4 to 12 and even a teens-only disco club in the evening. Family rooms start at $402 per night.
Families who want to escape into nature can stay at the Woodstock Inn & Resort in Vermont’s Green Mountains. The inn has activities for all ages and seasons, including a spa, golf course, and ski slopes. Kids can take fly fishing lessons, visit a falconry center, or go swimming in the outdoor salt water pool. Rooms for a family of four start at $408 per night, and those who wish to book a second room for the kids can get 30 percent off.
And families who want to stretch their dollars for an even longer vacation can consider camping around the country’s different national parks. An annual pass to over 2,000 different federal recreation sites costs $80 per person. Overnight camping fees are an additional charge, but it generally averages out to about $20 for a site per night.