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

House Swapping

My cousin and her husband love house swapping, and their home always comes back to them in good repair. This summer, we think we might try it. Here’s how it works: You become a member of a site like Digsville or Home Exchange; you post a listing of your own house (including a description) and, if you’d like, photos. And then you search for listings in cities where you’d like to vacation. Site memberships often cost between $50 and $150, but lodging-wise, that may end up being your total cost.

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— Constance Summer

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