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Save Big on Your Next Family Vacay

We asked NJ moms how they save on road trips, hotels and more.


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“If you find a rental vacation home on one of the big travel websites like VRBO, HomeAway, Expedia, Airbnb or Trip Advisor, be aware that these sites all require you to use their online payment system so they can charge you a service fee. To beat the fee, contact the homeowner directly. Google the owner’s name or property you want to rent. Scroll until you find the owners’ sites.”

—Christine Cardellino, Belmar
Publisher, vacationinbelmar.com

“Visit your location during off-peak season and contact the city’s Chamber of Commerce or Visitor’s Bureau to ask if they know any discount codes for the locations you’re looking to visit while in their city.”

—Larisha Campbell, Clementon
Co-Owner, wereparents.com

“We drive everywhere we go. Road trips offer an adventure even before the official vacation begins. We also join hotel reward programs, use Groupon, stay with family members who live in fun places around the country and pack our own food to save money on meals.”

—Jessica Lopa, Hopatcong
School Psychologist and Founder, mommyuniversitynj.com


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