2016 Spokester Search: Meghan S.

Meghan is a 19-year-old from Detroit

Meghan's Situation

Hi, I’m Meghan!

Right now, I am a first-year undergraduate studying to receive my Bachelor of Bussiness Administration in Finance at Grand Valley State University. When I’m not at the library studying, I enjoy blogging, spending time on Pinterest, and hitting up the gym. 

Growing up can be scary when it comes to money management! All of the sudden you there are bills to be paid, food to be bought, college loans to be paid off etc. I believe Young and Free Michigan creates a great community to bring our generation together and share our tips and tricks to make this whole money management thing a little less frightening. I’m extremely excited to possibly be able to share all the things I have learned!

P.S. I also love frozen yogurt, road trips, and warm weather, and if I could visit anywhere in the world, I would visit Italy. 

Meghan's Blog Post

So I hear you’re planning a Michigan Vacation?! Whether you’re thinking about heading up north to see the Mackinac Bridge or visiting Detroit, the Paris of the West!

Here are some of my tips for traveling on a budget: 

1. Research, Research, Research

Unfortunately the best prices are not on the first page of google. It takes a little bit of research to find the best options for hotels or the best time to visit certain attractions. Everything gets more expensive the longer you wait! So plot your destination early and start searching the deals now (my favorite places to scout for deals are Groupon and LivingSocial). 

2. Avoid Dining Out 

Restaurant bills can add up and become quite pricey. Instead, make a trip to a local grocery store and stock up on the PB&J. You can set up picnics or pack to-go meals that will enable you to see more attractions in the area because you won’t have to stop for lunch. 

3. Carpool

Grab your friends and make it a road trip! Have everyone split the cost of gas

(you can use apps like AAA gas fuel calculator and TripAdvisor to help estimate how much you will spend on gas before you take off). 

4. Travel off-peak 

Taking vacations during off-peak times can seriously cut the cost. Peak times can vary on your Michigan destination, but typically major holidays and spring and summer breaks are good times to avoid. 

5. See what’s free

Every destination has its “must see” attractions but these can easily become the most expensive part of your trip. I suggest picking one or two of the must-see attractions and then filling the rest of the day with free alternatives (check out Michigan.org to find a park or free show near you).