The sunshine, vacation time, and open roads of summer are right around the corner. A well-planned road trip can introduce you to new regions and bring your friends and family close like nothing else can, but without planning, road trips are overly tiring and painfully expensive. Save money and avoid stress with these tips on planning this summer’s road trip on a budget.
Plan the Route
This step is unavoidable, but you shouldn’t underestimate its importance. Don’t just think up the sights you want to see – if you go the extra mile and use Google Maps or Rand McNally to plan out where you will drive, stay, and shop in advance, your road trip will run more smoothly and cost far less.
Once you’ve figured out all the where’s of your trip you can move on to calculating the how much. Create a good estimate for your daily mileage. Multiply your car’s average miles per gallon by the size of the tank – this is how far a full tank will go. Use this number to see how many times you will likely need to buy gas on your trip, and by using the GasBuddy app, you can easily find the cheapest gas prices in any area.
When driving, boost your fuel economy by maintaining a consistent speed, and try to remain at about 60 miles per hour. For every five mph above 60, you waste an additional 26 cents per gallon on gas. Spend your money smarter with a low and consistent speed.
Food, Lodging, and Entertainment
Sometimes, a little creativity can boost the fun of your trip and help you stay faithful to your budget. Consider camping at a State Park rather than a motel – there is more to learn and explore and they are often less expensive. Do your food shopping at grocery stores along the way and bring along a small grill to cook dinners for your friends and family. Finally, make sure to research affordable entertainment in the areas you’ll see. Official state or city tourism websites are great resources that highlight dozens of free events every day of the week.
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Charleston, South Carolina, will host tons of festivals this spring, so there’s something to do every weekend, whether you’re single and want to have fun with your friends or you’re looking for a family-friendly activity. Don’t miss these spring festivals in Charleston.
Catch the High Water Festival on April 13 and 14, where you can eat, drink, and listen to live music on the North Charleston Riverfront. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy and support local musical artists at the Charleston Songwriters Festival, which runs April 18-20.
The North Charleston Arts Fest is one of the biggest events of the year, taking place over five days from May 1-5. The event showcases over 100 artists specializing in dance, theater, photography, literature, and visual arts.
The next weekend, on May 10-12, is the 49th Annual Charleston Greek Festival, the oldest festival in Charleston. This event will take place at the Greek Orthodox Church of Holy Trinity Park and celebrates the traditions, food, music, and art of Greek culture.
We at Mama’s Used Cars hope you enjoy these incredible
After a long week of work and school, the weekend is the perfect time to get out of the house and have fun—but even here in South Carolina, winter is light on things to do. Here are some winter activities in Charleston that will keep you and your kids busy until spring.
Indoor Gyms and Parks
On cold days when your kids need to get energy out but they
can’t go outside, try an indoor park or gym. Charleston has indoor trampoline
parks like Sky Zone, as well as climbing walls and more at spots like Costal
The South Carolina Aquarium is the perfect place to spend a
day with your family. It’ll keep their attention for hours, and it’s
educational! With dozens of exhibits from a 6,000-gallon stingray tank to the
“Backyard Habitat” exhibit displaying local flora and fauna, you won’t run out
of things to do.
Escape rooms are all the rage lately, and your kids—or your
friends!—will love spending an hour locked in a room solving puzzles together.
Check out Escape in 60 or Time Traveler Escape Games.
This event offers art exhibits, conservation education, and more to help you and your family learn about and celebrate local wildlife.
If you need a better vehicle to head out to all of these activities, contact us at Mama’s Used Cars.
This January, come out to downtown Charleston with your family to Museum Mile and enjoy access to over ten museums and sites for one low price. With the purchase of a Museum Mile Pass, you will have to opportunity to explore Charleston’s history and culture through its exceptional museums. Here are a few highlights from the list of participating sites.
Gibbes Museum of Art – The Gibbes Museum of Art features an incredible collection of American art and highlights the history of Charleston, past and present. The museum dates back to 1905 and will surely transport you as you peruse its collection.
During the month of January, enjoy access to participating Museum Mile sites with the purchase of one low-priced ticket! Spend the entire month learning about Charleston’s rich history and culture, visiting sites as best fits your schedule. #charlestonhttps://t.co/Ix0s98ViHIpic.twitter.com/b8tAguFpCn
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry – The Children’s Museum offers a fun, interactive experience to children that will allow them to explore new environments and use their imagination and playfulness for an engaging afternoon.
Bunting Natural History Gallery (The Charleston Museum) – The Bunting Natural History Gallery offers a remarkable collection of fossils and mounted animals. Visitors of all ages will learn about the geological history of the region and the changes that have occurred over time.
Purchasing a pass for the Museum Mile Month presents opportunities that you will not want to miss. We at Mama’s Used Cars hope you take advantage of this deal!
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations originally began as a religious feast day, but have quickly become a full-on celebration of Irish culture. Communities around the United States, including Charleston, South Carolina, put on an event that attracts visitors from around the state. The feast day has a long, interesting history and there’s nothing quite like a St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston.
St. Patrick, born to a Roman-British army officer, was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Ireland. He spent several years in prison before receiving a message from God. Shortly after, he escaped and made a journey to France where he joined a monastery. After 12 years in training, he returned to Ireland to convert the population, establish monasteries and schools, and preach to the masses.
St. Patrick’s Day
Judging by the widespread celebration of Irish culture, St. Patrick was successful in his efforts. While the legends surrounding the saint, who was likely born around the year 400, continue to grow, so do the celebrations of Irish culture.
The St. Patrick’s Parade and Block Party brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Three stages of live music, street vending, local vendors, and a Kid’s Zone make Charleston a great place to celebrate Irish culture with the masses.
We here at Mama’s Used Cars hope to see you at the St. Patrick’s Day celebration!
A gathering of some of the best chefs and wineries is usually something you see on television. The Charleston Wine and Food Festival brings the best of the best to a tasting unlike any other in the area. Stop by this year to chat with some of the most regarded purveyors in the country.
The festival takes place from March 1st through the 5th in Marion Square and throughout Charleston. Experience exclusive dinners, fancy wine tasting, seminars, workshops, and more.
The festival is designed to bring the region’s homegrown-style flavor to top chefs, winemakers, artisans, and enthusiasts from around the world. Now in its 12th year, the Charleston Wine and Food Festival is scheduled to feature more than 100 events with over 300 chefs and 150 wine professionals.
The Culinary Village, the center of it all, will host three days of cooking demonstrations, special guests, and tasting. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the best, including culinary celebrities like Sean Brock and Andrea Immer Robinson.
There’s no other wine and food festival like the one found in Charleston in the entirety of the United States. This is one event you don’t want to miss!
2015 is drawing to a close as we move into the last month of the year, and people are in the midst of spending lots of money on a variety of different things in preparation for holiday festivities. However, the end of the year is also a great time to buy cars, as dealerships are knocking down prices to clear the outgoing models from their lots and in the hopes of fitting in as many sales as possible before the New Year begins. December car sales make right now one of the best times of the year to buy a new car.
The year-end sales rush causes many manufacturers to dramatically slash sticker prices by the thousands with the intent of clearing inventory of outdated products and ushering in the new. 2016 models that have already launched may also see impressive deals as dealerships try to attract buyers to updated models. However, demand around this time of year also falls drastically, so even used car dealerships will offer great deals in an attempt to bolster sales as fewer people are looking for new vehicles during the holiday season.
Though December car sales may attract you, keep in mind, too, that dealerships operate on what is known as the US Sales Reporting Calendar. This calendar, unlike the public one, ends on January 4th as opposed to New Year’s, so buyers may find even better deals during the first few days of January when car dealerships are fitting in a few extra sales before the Sales Reporting Calendar ends.
No matter what your heritage is, everyone can have lots of fun on St. Patrick’s Day. We’re all familiar with the traditions of wearing green, eating Irish food, and drinking as much beer as possible. But if you’re looking for some extra fun on St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston, you are in luck!
Every year in North Charleston there is a St. Patrick’s Day block party and parade. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, March 14th from noon until 7pm. The fun includes three stages of live music, vendors, bouncy castles for the kids, a mechanical bull, Irish food, and beer (naturally).
This year, Charleston will be holding a special event to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with man’s best friend, the St. Paddy’s Pawlooza. On Saturday, March 14th, head to North Charleston Wannamaker County Park with your dog from noon until 4 PM. There will be live music, beer, and food trucks. Be sure to dress both you and your furry friend in your finest green attire. Admission is $5 per person and all dogs must remain on a leash when not inside the off-leash dog park.
And if you didn’t have enough fun on Saturday, right here in Charleston there will be a St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 17th. The festivities for this day start with a Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 8am. Then the parade will begin at 10am outside of the church, head down King Street, and end at City Hall with the raising of the Irish flag at approximately 11:30am.
How will you be celebrating this St. Patrick’s Day?
South Carolina’s State Ports Authority voted to put aside $5 million in conservation funds. The funds will be used for the protection of the environment that is put at risk by the deepening of Charleston Harbor from 45 feet to 52 feet. Funding for the conservation of wetlands surrounding the Cooper River corridor was seen as a pact between business and environmental groups. During a speech at Silk Hope Plantation, Governor Nikki Haley told business and environment leaders, “Today is a day that we say yes to both conservation and business – they can be married together.”
The Lowcountry Open Land Trust currently holds 5,182 acres—6.5 miles—of land within the Cooper River corridor. In all, 56,000 acres are held and protected by conservation and historic preservation groups. The allotted funding will purchase a portion of the 15,000 acres that are not protected. Jim Newsome, the State Ports Authority chief executive officer, compared both the deepening of the harbor and the conservation plans equally. “Deepening the Charleston Harbor to 52 feet will have a lasting impact on the competitiveness and economic development efforts in South Carolina, and likewise the conservation commitment announced today carries permanent significance to our region and state.”
Here at Mama’s Used Cars, we’re proud of our community for its commitment to the environment.