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March 01, 2011 08:03 ET

CouponMountain.com Unveils Spring Break Savings Portal to Help Everyone Have Fun in the Sun Without Breaking the Bank

Top Savings Site Offers Exclusive Deals to Keep Spring Vacations Within Budget

MONROVIA, CA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2011) - In the coming weeks hundreds of thousands of college students will be hitting a beach for spring break. Many vacationing families will also do so, as travel plans and spending are on the rise this year compared to 2009 and 2010. Spring break is a fun respite from school, work and every day stresses, but getting some sun at the beach can quickly burn through a budget.

CouponMountain.com, the most trusted source for online coupons, promotional codes and deals from major consumer brands, launched a Spring Break Deals 2011 portal with exclusive offers to help people have fun while staying frugal. The seasonal portal features savings opportunities on travel, beachwear, spring fashions and more.

Current deals and coupons include 50% off swimwear at Athleta, $100 off 4 nights in Orlando from Travelocity and a coupon for a free beach tote with purchase from Victoria's Secret. Throughout the CouponMountain.com site there are coupons to cut costs on any vacation gear like Target's coupon for $5 off $50.

Avoiding Beach Budget Busters

"College students and families look forward to spring break vacations all year. Our Spring Break Portal is a valuable resource that allows travelers to balance fun with practicality and to have fun in the sun without draining their bank accounts," says Ritika Puri, Savings Strategist for CouponMountain.com. "This year, spring breakers should plan ahead to get the best deals possible on flights and lodging. Set a budget for your meals, and stick to it. Focus on experiences over souvenirs. You don't need money to have fun, and you'll have a better time when you minimize money stress before, during and after your trip."

Ritika's list of budget busters and advice for avoiding them includes:

  • Restaurants -- Stock up on snacks at supermarkets, split entrees and go a couple of blocks in from the beach to find better prices.
  • Travel costs -- Drive instead of fly and car pool with friends, use frequent flyer miles and pick a destination based on plane ticket prices.
  • 5-star resorts -- Find a clean safe bed, but don't waste money on a fancy room right on the beach. With sand and surf nearby you won't spend much time in the hotel.

Smart packing is also a great way to avoid spending too much money. Sandals or suits at a touristy beach shop can cost twice as much -- if not more -- than at your local store. The selection is also far more limited. Belinda Romano, beauty and fashion expert at Smarter.com, put together a short guide to the hottest spring break styles this year.

Spring Break's Big Three Buys

  • Swimsuits -- In terms of print and color, tribal and abstract patterns, as well as bright solid colors are en vogue for swimwear this year. Think blue-green shades like turquoise or teal, as well as orange, pink and coral. In terms of silhouette, from bikinis with bandeau, triangle or halter tops to monokinis and retro one-pieces, there's a style for every body type. Guys need a swim trunk refresh this season too. Hike things up with a pair of thigh-grazing trunks this year.
  • Sandals -- The 70's are making a huge comeback this spring and it's all about glam, so ditch your boring flip flops for a chic pair of platform wedge sandals when you're not on the sand.
  • Sunglasses -- Following the retro trend, glasses are bigger and rounder this season. Octagonal shapes are on-trend, as well as mega cat-eye shades.

"Spring break isn't only about relaxing and having fun. It's about dressing to impress! Try out something new with one or all of spring's hottest beach trends," Belinda says. "Don't forget to carry a chic tote for all your beach essentials, which should include a good dose of sunscreen. Great skin is always in style, so be sure to keep your dermis protected!"

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