Do you know the meaning of Labor Day? If not, it’s ok! Not many people do these days.
Labor Day was intended to honor our work force and give them a day off from the labors they have endured to make our country great. Many people choose to celebrate the day by participating in activities that have become somewhat of a tradition.
Some of those activities include travel, attending parades, and holding picnics or backyard barbeques. To a varying degree, all of these pursuits have something in common: they cost money.
But, there ways to save on Labor Day traditions and still have a day of fun and leisure. Here are a few tips to help keep your Labor Day celebration under budget.
To save on food for your picnic or cookout, look for items that are on sale. You can also double your money savings by using coupons when possible.
If you are traveling, there are still ways you can save money when you are buying food. Take some of your snacks with you, and buy the rest at a grocery store when you get to your destination. Pack cold items in a cheap cooler you can discard without feeling guilty. Or, take along a cloth one you can fold flat when you aren’t using it.
Buy what is in season for your Labor Day picnic or celebration. Make a list of what you need ahead of time and watch expiration dates. Try not to deviate from your grocery list.
The price tag for transportation for your Labor Day activities may be negligible if all you are doing is attending a local parade and going to a neighbor’s barbeque. However, if you are traveling, the expenses can add up.
Consider renting a car in place of taking your own. It could be the less expensive option once you calculate the cost of gas for your trip and the wear and tear on your personal vehicle. Don’t forget to figure in maintenance and oil changes, as well as miles per gallon, and any rental coupons or discounts.
You could also try car-pooling with a friend. This will save you money on a rental or on gas for your own vehicle.
Lodging is usually one of the biggest costs if you travel for any holiday. There are a couple of different ways you can save in this area and still take a break for Labor Day.
Try searching for a lower priced alternative to a motel or hotel. One alternative is to use a site like AirBnb.
Another choice to consider, depending on the weather, is camping in a sleeping bag under the stars. Or, if the weather warrants it, put your sleeping bad under the cover of a tent.
Couch surfing might be a possibility if you know someone in the area where you will be taking your Labor Day break. Look up a friend and save a bundle on your lodging costs.
When you must stay in a hotel, try to use a discount code or coupon to lower your costs. In addition, you could always haggle for a lower price if the hotel has several unoccupied rooms near dark.
For instance, if you already have a lot of Independence Day décor, why not save by utilizing it for this national holiday too? Crafty people could also create something unique and new by searching ideas they already have saved on a Pinterest board.
Getting creative can also save you money for this holiday. Take a trip to a discount store and see what you can find to help you decorate simply and cheaply.
Participating in Labor Day fun doesn’t have to cost you a lot if you plan ahead for it. As you can see, there are ways you can save on Labor Day traditions and still have a fun holiday.