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Some Tips To Keep A Practical Pre-Cruise Budget

By Tania Meyers

Are you trying to go on a cruise but not spend a fortune? If you have already found a great deal on the cruise itself you don’t want to undo your careful financial planning by overspending on cruise preparation. Here are some tips to help keep you on a reasonable pre-cruise budget.

Go with what you’ve got.

Your summer clothes from last season are fine for your cheap cruise. You’re going to relax, not to participate in an on-deck fashion show. Don’t go blow all your money before the trip on new swimwear and shorts. Your old Hawaii shirts and last summer’s swim trunks will serve you just fine.

Your luggage that you already have is also sufficient. Nobody cares if you have fantastic matching brand name leather luggage. In fact, if anyone noticed at all, they would probably think you were trying too hard. Instead, just bring a roomy duffle and get your items packed and ready to go.

Use cash, rather than plastic.

Of course, you want to bring an emergency credit card in case something unforeseen happens. Don’t use this card for spending money though. You need a budget already set up for souvenirs and sightseeing. Bring along this amount in cash or travelers checks. This stops overspending. It’s too easy to lose track when you are spending on a credit card, it doesn’t seem like you are spending real money.

Bring all of the film you are going to need.

Of course, no cruise would be complete without taking tons of pictures of your trip to share with friends and relatives upon your return. Film prices on the cruise ship are notoriously expensive though. Stocking up on cheap rolls of film from your local discount store will save you a bunch of money.

Use the tips I’ve provided above to help you maintain the savings that you have gotten by booking an inexpensive cruise. There’s no point in booking a cheap cruise and then blowing a fortune on preparation items. Be frugal, but have fun!

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