Refillable water bottles are useful park accessories. The bottles can be refilled repeatedly at water fountains to provide a healthy and frugal alternative to expensive soft drinks offered by park vendors. Some parks also have an open-door policy for DIY snacks and lunches. We've saved money by packing our own treats and meals. Rules vary by park. -------- writers Sharon Harvey Rosenberg and Myscha Theriault are co-authors of the best-selling personal finance book "10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget," and founders of Theriault is founder of, a travel Web site, and Rosenberg is the author of "The Frugal Duchess: How to Live Well and Save Money." Find them on Twitter at and -------- (c) 2010, McClatchy-Tribune News Service. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
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