Lots of people are looking forward to a day off on Good Friday, which falls on April 22 this year. It’s the Friday before Easter Sunday—financial markets are typically shut down and that means the weekend starts early for many people. If you plan to hit the road on Good Friday for some Easter weekend travel plans, here are some tips for getting there under budget and on time.
Keep Those Easter Baskets Lightweight - Last year American consumers spent an average of about $118 on Easter items according to the National Retail Federation. In fact, Easter is the fourth biggest gift-giving season behind Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. But if you don’t want to pay extra for that checked bag you may want to buy the hollow chocolate Easter bunny instead of the solid one.
Head to a National Park - This year, Easter and Earth Day collide. That’s good news for those looking for an affordable vacation. You’ll be able to get into the country’s 394 national parks for free on Good Friday, and the entire week of April 16-24 for that matter. That’s because it’s also National Park Week.
Gas Up in Blue States - If you’re taking a road trip this Easter weekend, you may want to gas up in the “blue” states. AAA puts out a daily Fuel Gauge Report, a comprehensive nationwide fuel price survey. Red states have the highest gas prices with averages reaching $4.42 a gallon. White states are in the middle and dark blue states have the lowest prices with a gallon of gas going for an average of $3.49.
Look for Spring Rates - Many resorts and vacation hot spots jack up prices around holidays—including Easter. Look for those that still offer spring sales during the holiday weekend. Check out the Springtime in the Park Package from HersheyLodge.com or the special Hoppenings at Barton Creek Resort.
Choose a Trip that Fits Your Budget - If you want to take advantage of your Easter break, but don’t have anywhere specific to be, get help from the Getaway Map at FareCompare.com. Plug in your departure city, travel dates and budget. They’ll let you know what tickets are available at the price that fits your Easter budget.
By Alison Storm
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To make Black Friday shopping a little easier, here is a collection of the most popular stores and their ads. Click on a store's name, then start planning your shopping tactic by making a list and sticking to it. And don't forget to wear comfortable shoes, chances are you'll be waiting in long lines! Keep checking back, we'll be adding more as we find them. Enjoy and be safe.
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