Take a Spring Break Without Breaking the Bank

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5 Tips for how to go on an affordable spring break

This could be your spring break, if you budget and plan ahead.

Look for last-minute deals. If you're more of a procrastinator, you may still be able to catch a cheap ride on the spring break train.

Carrie Coghill, Director of Consumer Education for FreeScore.com, and author of "The Newlywed's Guide to Investing and Personal Finance," says you should be able to go on a fun spring break without breaking your budget.

To help you keep low funds from lowering your fun quotient, Carrie offers five tips for warding off the "I'm so poor, I can't even afford to entertain thoughts about spring break" blues:

1. Do your homework. Not that kind of homework; instead, approach spring break as a school project you can actually enjoy. Research realistic options, put together a budget, and determine the deadlines you need to meet to achieve a Grade-A spring break. Your Student Activities Center should be able to jump-start your thought process if recent school work has left you suffering from brain-drain.

2. Volunteer. Avoid the hangover of the typical spring break by opting to devote your free time to helping others. United Way and Habitat for Humanity are helpful places to start exploring altruistic alternatives.

3. Go local. Join the locavore movement by seeking out nearby spring-break options. Maybe you know a friend in the area who'll let you and some friends stay at their place for free. Or you can go green locally by pitching a tent at a cozy, community camping site.

4. Be the Monica in your group of "Friends." Plan a trip for your band of buddies. If you get enough friends to agree on a spring break escape to the same place, you can look for group discounts on travel and accommodation expenses. Research options on sites like studentuniverse.com and grouptravel.com.

5. Look for last-minute deals. If you're more of a procrastinator, you may still be able to catch a cheap ride on the spring break train. Lots of travel sites offer rewards to those who wait until the very last minute to plan a trip. Peruse sites like lastminute.travelocity.com and funjet.com to find the best deals.

There's a reason why your school offers students like you a break every spring: You work hard throughout the year, and you deserve a vacation. Besides, as the famous film star and epicure Mae West once said, "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."

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