How do you handle finances while on vacation?
I just got back from vacation and I was thinking back on how nerdy my money-handling was for the trip. How do you handle/save money on vacation?
I set up a target goal amount in early spring, putting away $x each pay period into a savings fund. That target goal amount is split into different categories - lodging, fuel, food, entertainment, and misc/shopping. I sign up for Groupon/LivingSocial emails for that location and also find other deal sites, coupons, and start a spreadsheet of points of interest, restaurants to try, and coupons/deals.
Any extra savings over the budget comes out at the ATM for cash for those places that don't take credit cards. I rotate my cards so that my Discover card is my primary card instead of debit for safety and to make budgeting easier.
I enter receipts every night into a money-tracking Google Docs spreadsheet by category to stay on top of how much we have left for each category and total.