7 Ways to Enjoy a Staycation For Under $600

Hotel Room

hotellYou can book a hotel room for one night during your staycation to create a feeling of being on vacation.

One day is good because you can use all of the hotel amenities like the pool, room service, complimentary breakfast or dinner.

Try Priceline.com, you can name your own price and save up to 40% off three and four star hotels.

Cost: About $60+ per night

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Take Pictures

photo2Take pictures of all of your adventures as you go along on your staycation.

Take family photos as much as you like, capturing the trip as you would if you were in a tropical paradise.

Cost: Free

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Take a Tour

tour1Take a group tour of your city, complete with a guide.

These tour guides offer a wealth of knowledge of new hot spots in the area, landmarks and other institutions.

These tours are often accompanied with coupon books that give nice discounts on neighboring businesses.

Depending on the type of tour you choose the range in cost per person is $39-$79.

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Visit an Amusement Park

fun1If you want to take the entire family to a Six Flags or Paramount themed park, there can be substantial savings for this type of outing.

Go on a weekday to save on admission costs.

Children less than 54 inches average about $35 and adult admission runs around $50.

Certain memberships, such as AAA, offer discounts for amusement park tickets. Also, check your cash back credit card to see if they offer discounts or deals for buying tickets.

Right now, Chase Freedom is offering 5% cash back on purchases at gas stations and amusement parks. (Offer ends Sept. 30, 2013.)

Cost: About $250

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Get Recreational

central park2Visit the library and parks, both which offer free events and activities for about adults and children.

This can be also used as a time to relax in a tranquil environment and spend time with the family reading books and running through the sprinklers.

Treat yourself and the kids to a popsicle.

Cost: About $8

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Take It Inside

breakIf you decide to plan a staycation inside your own house, set it up like a hotel.

Serve breakfast in bed while watching a movie in the master bedroom, kids included.

Set up a campsite in the back yard and roast marshmallows.

Get creative and use those mason jars underneath the sink for catching fireflies.

Cost: Free

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luxury1At the end of your staycation, with the amount of money that is left over, which should be quite a bit, go ahead and splurge at your favorite restaurant or one you’ve been wanting to try.

Get dressed up and order whatever you want from the menu.

Leave the car at home and take a cab to the restaurant.

Cost: About $200

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