Planning a trip to the Outer Banks? Speaking from experience, you can almost always rent a house on the beach, cheaper than you can book a hotel on the beach - Provided you are staying for at least five days. Another plus, take some more of the family or split the costs with another couple of family. Look around and you can find some great bargains. Traveling soon? Don't worry, great last minute deals can be found as well.
A few minutes searching the internet can save some real money.