5 smart ways to minimize the cost of vacation souvenirs

When you’re at an awesome event or in the midst of a fantastic vacation, it can be tempting to capture that experience by buying a souvenir. Whether it’s a shirt, a pin, a gift shop item, something you see in a craftsperson’s shop or something else entirely, an item that serves as a memento of your trip can be lovely, but expensive.

If you’re clever, however, you can find opportunities to claim a souvenir for a lower price. Or you can find a souvenir for free if you think outside the box.

Here are five ways to score a wonderful souvenir from your trip without breaking the bank.

[See: 12 Frugal Ways to Save on Vacation.]

China_Outbreak_Flying_61321 In this Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, photo, Bill Chen stands outside of customs at San Francisco International Airport after arriving on a flight from Shanghai, where he was conducting business and visiting family over the Lunar New Year holiday. Chen said his temperature was quickly screened at the Shanghai airport before he departed. He also filled out a health questionnaire that asked if he had traveled to Wuhan or had any contact with someone who had been in the city, the epicenter of the coronavirus. "I feel a little bit sorry for people traveling on the plane," Chen said. "People have to be nervous in some way." (AP Photo/Terry Chea)
China_Outbreak_06971 Travelers wearing face masks line up to check in for an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. China counted 170 deaths from a new virus Thursday and more countries reported infections, including some spread locally, as foreign evacuees from China's worst-hit region returned home to medical observation and even isolation. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
China_Outbreak_Airlines_97655 In this Jan. 28, 2020, photo, Air China planes are parked at gates of Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. British Airways halted all flights to China and American Airlines suspended Los Angeles flights to and from Shanghai and Beijing as efforts to contain a new virus intensifies. (Chinatopix via AP)
China_Outbreak_06583 Travelers wearing face masks line up to check in for an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. China counted 170 deaths from a new virus Thursday and more countries reported infections, including some spread locally, as foreign evacuees from China's worst-hit region returned home to medical observation and even isolation. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
China_Outbreak_75691 Staff members wearing face masks walk near the check in counters for Cathay Pacific at Shanghai Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. China counted 170 deaths from a new virus Thursday and more countries reported infections, including some spread locally, as foreign evacuees from China's worst-hit region returned home to medical observation and even isolation. (AP Photo/Erika Kinetz)
China_Outbreak_18942 Travelers wearing face masks line up to check in for an American Airlines flight to Los Angeles at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. China counted 170 deaths from a new virus Thursday and more countries reported infections, including some spread locally, as foreign evacuees from China's worst-hit region returned home to medical observation and even isolation. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
APTOPIX_China_Outbreak_43638 Flight crew members wearing face masks walk through the international arrivals area at Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. China counted 170 deaths from a new virus Thursday and more countries reported infections, including some spread locally, as foreign evacuees from China's worst-hit region returned home to medical observation and even isolation. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Sri_Lanka_China_Outbreak_80678 Sri Lankan health officials and military personnel monitor passengers through a thermal scanner at the Katunayake International airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. China counted 170 deaths from a new virus Thursday and more countries reported infections, including some spread locally, as foreign evacuees from China's worst-hit region returned home to medical observation and even isolation. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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