7 Money Saving Tips for Your Honeymoon
If saving money on your honeymoon is a priority for you, you're in luck. There are many ways to save money on your honeymoon so that you can have a great time without breaking the bank. Going into debt for your honeymoon is never a great idea. These seven money saving tips can help you cut back on honeymoon spending – making it more affordable but still enjoyable for the both of you.
Here are seven ways to save money on your honeymoon:
1. Make Yourselves Known
It's easy to be embarrassed that you're honeymooners or to not think of mentioning it, but it's always a good idea to tell people you're honeymooners. You'd be surprised what sorts of deals you can get on hotels, taxi rides, restaurant fare, and more just by mentioning that you're on your honeymoon! Start mentioning it when you're making your bookings, and continue casually mentioning it during your honeymoon outings and activities. Even if you don't get any perks from it, people will probably be just a little kinder because you're on your honeymoon.
2. Comparison Shop
The internet is a great way to comparison shop for everything from plane tickets to car rentals. Do comparison shopping online before you book anything for your honeymoon. Also, if you don't have a date set yet, consider comparing prices for different dates within a range of a few weeks. Even a week might make a huge difference in the price for a hotel or a plane ticket.
3. Use Online Coupon Sites to Save on Meals and Activities
Sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are quickly gaining popularity. These sites allow groups of people to buy deep-discount coupons to local restaurants, shops, hotels, and more. Both sites offer vacation deals for most major U.S. cities, as well as for many countries around the world. By signing up to receive emails from these sites, you could get deals for your destination on everything from spa treatments to hotel stays to fun activities you want to try.
4. Use a Honeymoon Registry
Registering for honeymoon related gifts, instead of household items you don't need, is a great way to save more money for your honeymoon. A honeymoon registry allows guests to buy you fun activities, upgrade your hotel room, and pitch in for plane tickets. It's a great way to do things you couldn't otherwise afford or just to stretch your honeymoon budget a little further.
5. Don't Eat at the Hotel
Hotel restaurants often mark up their prices just because they're a convenient place to eat. Unless you're at an all-inclusive resort, get away from the hotel and eat at local restaurants. If you really want to experience the culture and get great prices, ask the locals about their favorite places to eat.
6. Use Credit Card Points and Miles
If you use a credit card regularly, make sure you check out the airline miles or other benefits you might have racked up. Even if you don't have a card that gets miles, you can still cash out points for gift cards and other useful honeymoon items. Many credit card companies offer Visa gift cards as rewards. These cards can be used like regular debit cards to buy everything from honeymoon bookings to honeymoon gear.
7. Set a Budget and Stick to It
All these tips are great, but the best one is to set a honeymoon budget and stick to it! It's so easy to overspend on your honeymoon by forgetting to account for the little expenses, which can really add up. Carry cash, traveler's checks, or a pre-paid credit card to help you stick to your spending limits while on your honeymoon. Your honeymoon registry can provide you the cash for specific things you want to do. You can go scuba diving, enjoy a five-course dinner, or relax at the spa without worrying about over-spending.
These seven tips can help you save on your honeymoon so you can have a stress-free trip that leaves you feeling connected and relaxed – not buried in debt!
About the Author:
Andrew Marino is the CEO of HoneymoonPixie.com, an industry leader in providing honeymoon gift registries for engaged couples. Couples create their free honeymoon registry website and receive honeymoon planning advice and travel tips. Andrew also serves as a contributing Senior Travel Editor.