Breaking the bank doesn’t have to go hand-in-hand with out of town vacationing. Believe it or not, you can keep on inspiring your kids with out-of-this-world experiences while keeping your budget spreadsheet happy. See more for less with these wallet-friendly travel tips from our friends at

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Give the kids a travel allowance. This is something I found while researching this article, and wow, does it work. Tell the kids they can each have a set amount for the day to spend on snacks and souvenirs (I figure $15 to 20 each, depending on the schedule for the day), and whatever they don’t spend, they can keep. Then watch them turn down one junky treat after another, because it’s “not worth the money.” In the end, you’ll spend less and enjoy yourself more, because you’ve magically left all the begging behind.

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— Constance Summer

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