Tips for cheap last-minute vacations

WASHINGTON —It’s already July, but you can still squeeze in a summer vacation with the family without breaking the bank.

Check out apps such as HotelTonight and for last minute hotel deals. Meanwhile,  on, click on a beach icon to find cheap hotels near the water.

According to The Financial Post, travelers in Maryland and Virginia can cut costs even more by camping in the state parks there. 

National Parks are great family destinations, too, and the annual National Parks pass covers fees at more than 2,000 sites for $80. Passes are free for members of the military and their dependents.

When eating out, try to visit restaurants at lunch instead of dinner when prices are usually cheaper — or pack your own food in a big cooler.

Financial planner Janice Cackowski tells the Post that by packing milk, a box of cereal, yogurt and fruit, one can eat a healthy breakfast at a quarter of the cost of eating out.

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Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter turned morning anchor at WTOP News.

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