Family Travel: Give Your Kids a Trip Allowance

When embarking on a family trip, it pays to set a budget for the little things. It’s puzzling that many of us tirelessly research airfares, hotels, car rentals, and online coupon codes with the hope of saving a few dollars, yet when it comes to buying incidentals on the road, we’re essentially careless. You wouldn’t dream of giving your second grader a $50 weekly allowance at home. But for a week on the road, if you dare consider the sum of a pack of sour candies here, a souvenir pen there, and the other little things for which you’re constantly breaking $5 bills, giving each kid a $50 allowance with a “once you spend it it’s gone” proviso can end up being a good deal.

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