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At Randesign, we believe the family that plays together stays together. And that means finding affordable deals on family vacations. We also believe that quality time spent together doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are 6 vacation tips for having some family fun on the cheap and getting the most out of your vacation budget.

First, a few great tips from workingmoms.com

Travel off-peak. If you have a toddler, you have the luxury of scheduling trips the week before or after peak season, as these typically follow traditional school schedules. If you figure this is your last chance to get that once in a lifetime trip to Europe in, look into the first week of September. Its stunningly beautiful and is a week out of peak season which will save hundreds of dollars. Needless to say, this strategy works great with more local vacations too.

Look for All-Inclusive Packages. Cheap family vacations can sometimes be found at all-inclusive resorts or family-oriented travel destinations. All inclusive usually refers to bundled one-price packages that include meals, hotel accommodations and activities. Because these all-inclusive packages are higher priced than a la carte travel, many resorts will offer discounts to attract vacationers, especially during off-peak travel times.

Take Advantage of Last Minute Travel. Many resorts and family vacation spots offer last minute travel specials one to two weeks before traveling. Often, this is due to vacant rooms left unbooked. The cost for these rooms are lower, and may be up for price negotiation.

Reserve a Room or Suite with a Kitchen. By cooking one meal each day in your room, you’ll save a significant amount of money. Even if you simply ask for a refrigerator in your room, you can make cereal for breakfast every morning, and eliminate the cost of three meals a day.

Pay cash. Using cash or traveler’s checks makes us much more conscious of how much we’re actually spending. Not to mention the credit card fees that you’ll be subjected to if you opt for that route.

And finally, the Randesign Tip of the Week – use our two favorite money saving sites for airline, hotel and car rentals: Priceline.com and Kayak. In fact, Kayak lists packages to pretty much every major destination that you can think of (and searchable). You can save a bundle.

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We hope that you found an inspiring tidbit or two here and don’t hesitate to share it. We bring you lots of baby and kids news and money saving tips and tricks, so check back often at PersonalBabyProducts.com and PersonalizedKidsPlates.com