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Saving You Money: How to 'staycation' instead of vacation

Maine Beach (WGME)

STATEWIDE (WGME) -- A lot of people are making plans for April and summer break, and some families might want to 'staycation' instead of vacation.

Mainers don't have to go far to find beautiful beaches and historic landmarks, that's why Jake Holmes, the Young and Free Maine Spokester through Maine's Credit Unions, stays staycations are the perfect compromise when you want to get away, but are on a budget.

"I know a lot of people that live in the Portland area right next to Portland Head Light, the most photographed head light in the United States and they haven't been there in years," Holmes says.

Holmes says between flights, hotels and unexpected spending, vacations add up quickly.

"It's really easy to go past your budget and kind of get overwhelmed with that on vacations," says Holmes.

Staycations can include adventures within driving distance, like local museums, the beach, pool or hiking and biking trails. No airfare, hotel or rental car required.

"It's a lot less stressful than maybe traveling out of the country or across the country," says Holmes.

Holmes says it also gives you a chance to explore all that Vacationland has to offer.

"It's soaking up your surroundings and falling in love with the place you call home," says Holmes, "I think it's a great way to vacation, for sure."

If you do take a vacation, Holmes suggests spending with cash instead of a credit card, it will help you track your spending.

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