Published: March 14, 2019

Whether you are traveling over spring break or enjoying a staycation in Boulder, check out these money saving tips.

Person counting dollar billsIf you are traveling

Are you visiting home? Or maybe you're exploring somewhere new? There are plenty of ways to save money while traveling.

Get to DIA for free

You can save money by using your CollegePass for free transit to Denver International Airport on RTD's SkyRide (AB Route). Students who live east of central campus can ride the AB2 Route.

During peak hours, RTD increases their AB/AB2 fleet to accommodate the amount of students traveling to the airport. Plan to take an earlier-scheduled bus to allow enough travel time, especially during inclement weather.

Bring snacks and a water bottle with you

Buying snacks and bottles of water are little expenses that can add up quickly, especially at the airport. Before heading to the airport, pack snacks and an empty reusable water bottle to fill up once you get through the security checkpoints.

Look for free or discounted activities

Do some research and see what free or low-cost activities are happening in the area you’re visiting. Museums and other attractions may have free days, certain hours with discounted admission or offer a discount for students. Many restaurants offer daily or weekly deals you can plan around.

You can also check Groupon, Living Social or Restaurant.com for more deals to save money.

Make—and stick to—a budget

Whether you're staycationing or traveling, the key to a financially successful spring break is sticking to a budget. It can be tempting to put expenses on a credit card or overspend when you’re out with friends, but this will cost you more in the end.

Review these five steps to making a budget, and check out the Money Sense blog for more financial tips!

If you are staying around Boulder

Many students choose to stay in Boulder over spring break to work, catch up on chores and recharge for the rest of the semester. No matter what your plans are, here are some fun, free and low-cost ways you can enjoy your staycation.

Explore Colorado

Colorado has plenty of warm and sunny days to spend outside, even if there’s snow on the ground! You could bike around Boulder, take a walk along the Boulder Creek Path or go for a winter hike. If you or a friend has a car, you can make a day-trip to a nearby mountain town such as Nederland or Estes Park and split the cost of gas. You can also easily visit Denver for free with your RTD pass on most of the RTD Flatiron Flyer bus routes.

Try something new at The Rec

With less students around and plenty of free staycation activities at the Rec Center, spring break is the perfect time to try something new. Take a fitness class such as vinyasa flow yoga or Buff HIIT, try bouldering in the climbing gym or show off your ice skating moves on the rink.

Practice your cooking skills

Preparing meals at home is the best way to save money on food, and spring break is a great time to try out new recipes and sharpen your cooking skills. Search food blogs or recipe books for simple, healthy meal ideas to get started.

You can use this time to perfect a few recipes that you can easily make for yourself when your schedule gets busy again.