Family vacations are a tradition that most of us don’t want to give up. But tight budgets mean your summer holiday could be an expensive proposition.


Ensure that your budget covers everything from the cost of food and lodging to gas and airline tickets.


Follow the tips below and save significant costs from your budget:


  • Travel a week or two before or after peak season, if possible.
  • Travel within your province or across Canada to avoid U.S. currency exchange rates.
  • Reserve accommodation, including camping, in advance to avoid costly, last-minute bookings.
  • Always ask for the hotel’s lowest room rate and take advantage of any seasonal deals or corporate perks.
  • Many hotels offer a complimentary breakfast as part of your stay. Stock up on items such as fruit, juice boxes and muffins to snack on during the day.
  • Consider renting a house by the week, staying in dormitories, or doing a home exchange.
  • Rent a suite with a kitchenette and make your own snacks and lunches. Get the kids involved and save money on eating out.
Avoid credit card meltdown by planning a trip that highlights outdoor activities and stays away from shopping malls, theme parks and other forms of high-priced entertainment.


  • If your kids insist on theme parks, be sure to ask for family packages and discounts. You might also get preferred pricing at nearby tourist attractions from your hotel – be sure to ask the front desk staff!
  • Summer is a great time for festivals and most have free performances and events for the whole family.
Insurance is essential to having a debt and worry free summer holiday:


  • Ensure your medical insurance is current and valid for your travel in case of accident and injury.
  • Get comprehensive travel insurance that covers costly emergencies such as automobile repairs, flight delays, and lost luggage.
Emphasize to family members that the time you spend together is more important than the amount you’re spending.


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Thank you so much for stopping by this page to get to know a bit more about me and why I started Parent Guide Inc. My business story started a way back in 2001... …after the birth of my first daughter, I realized that an "all-in-one" resource guide for parents was needed, and fast! I designed the New Parent Resource Guide to fill a gap in the community for busy parents like myself. The New Parent Resource Guide offers an A-Z of key contacts for parents, caregivers, service providers, and health care professionals.  Working with key businesses and organizations in the community, we have also compiled much-needed articles, tips, and charts to answer all your parenting questions. The latest addition to our family is the School Age Resource Guide to serve parents of children, 3 to 18 years!  This guide answers questions about: nutrition, bullying, curriculum, building self-esteem, and much more, as well as offering a full directory of local and national resources. The website offers an “all-in-one” spot for parents to connect, add their own blog, and find needed resources in their community.  It is a site that educates and entertains and if you can't find somthing just ASK me. I am here to serve YOU!  My hope is that you connect with our members, find comfort in their words, and share your own story. My goal is to see what I can do to help make life a bit easier for you.   You are why I do what I do! I can’t wait to get to know you!  Comment below to tell me about yourself – then start blogging so we can find out what makes you get up in the morning!  Check out my blog too and I am sure you will be surprised what gets me out of bed each day!!! Jennifer -  Mom and Publisher

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