Spend less this Labor Day

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labor dayOne of the things I love about the Labor Day holiday is that it is a chance for you to have one last summer indulgence. Even if school has already started for your kids, the three-day weekend is ideal for a little getaway.

If you are looking for a way to save money this Labor Day, U.S. News & World Report offers five great tips to help you have some family fun without breaking the bank:

Be flexible: The more flexible you are, the better the deals. From hotels to airfare, a little flexibility in the days you go and the times you choose can go a long way toward helping you save money.

Take a staycation: Rather than go somewhere far away, suggests U.S. News, stick to your own backyard. Look around town for historical sites, and other attractions. You’ll save on food, fuel, and more by sticking close to home.

Road trip instead of fly: Even if you do take off for Labor Day weekend, you can consider driving. Run the numbers and see if you can save by driving, rather than flying.

Get special deals: The Internet is your friend, according to U.S. News. There are a number of sites that offer special deals on airfare, travel, rental cars, and even fun activities. Look for special deals and coupons before you go.

Let others stay in your home: You could even make money while you are gone. Use Airbnb or VRBO to encourage someone to stay at your place while you are gone. You’ll earn a little money. Even if you are uncomfortable with someone staying in your home, you can use these sites to find a low-cost place to stay for the weekend.