Consumer Watch: Road trip wallet busters

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 5:16 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- No tickets, no change fees, no security lines. Americans love the flexibility of a road trip. But extra costs of hitting the highways can really add up.

Trae Bodge of RetailMeNot.com said one major road trip expense can hit a waistline and a bottom line: food.

“You get away from home, and all those good health habits you may have been attending to during the winter all go by the wayside.  So it's really important to try stick to your diet and how you normally eat if you can.  Because those are really, they're wallet busters for everyone out there,” he said.

Plan ahead and choose restaurants you'll look forward to on a route. For the time in between, pre-pack snacks.

Another overlooked expense: parking, especially in big cities. Research garages ahead of time to find the best deal.

The same goes for hotels. A smartphone can help, even with unexpected overnight stays.
“Don't just stop at a hotel and hope that you're going to get a great deal: do a little digging,” Bodge said. “You can do it as a passenger in the car.“

The other glaring expense on the road this summer: filling up the tank. Apps like Road Ninja or Gas Buddy can locate the best gas prices along the way.
 

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

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