5. Avoid toll booths.

There are few things more annoying to pay than highway tolls, especially when some can cost you up to $15 or more for a one-way trip in some places, according to CostToDrive.com. Your smartphone, GPS or even Google Maps can help you find ways to navigate around the tolls.

6. Pack your own food.

Planning ahead when it comes to food can help you save a lot in the long run. Instead of stopping every few hours to eat at a restaurant, why not pack easy-to-eat items like muffins or cereal bars for breakfast? For lunch, fill a cooler with cold cuts and bring along nuts and granola bars. Not only will you be saving money by not eating out for breakfast and lunch, but you’ll also save time by not having to stop as frequently and wait for your food to be prepared.

7. Book cheap lodging.

Lodging can often be the most expensive part of any road trip. But in the summer, it doesn’t have to be. Take advantage of the warm temperatures, and explore some of the most amazing camping spots.

Even if camping isn’t your thing, there are plenty of ways to find cheap lodging options. Check Airbnb.com where you can rent lodging, or take a look at websites like Hotels.com. Better yet — plan out a route that hits a friend’s or relative’s house and bunk with them.

8. Take advantage of free or cheap entertainment.

While a Labor Day road trip is a great time to make memories, the real fun starts when you get to your destination. Make sure not to blow your budget as soon as you get there, though. When it comes to entertainment, spend your time enjoying the warm weather at public beaches and parks, as well as cheap local attractions such as festivals or carnivals.

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9. Find local deals.

Being cheap while traveling doesn’t always mean you have to skip out on nice restaurants and pricier entertainment. There are many ways to find coupons for local attractions that are great for the summertime, such as boat rides, Segway tours and fancy restaurants. Browse sites like Groupon and Living Social a few days or weeks before you leave to see what deals are available in your planned vacation destination. Just pay attention to any expiration dates, rules and limitations.

10. Secure all belongings.

It’s easy to get excited and antsy when you finally hit your destination, but make sure you don’t head into your hotel for the night without properly securing your belongings in your car or hotel room. Do your best to cover up any belongings, and always lock your doors. Nothing ruins a Labor Day road trip like getting your personal items stolen.

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