Finding hotel deals online can be easy when you have the right tools.
Using a website such as Kayak that instantly compares several websites against each other to deliver you with the best price possible is a great way to get started saving money. It's hard to find a better deal if you only want to have to search one website.
Go on off days. Everybody is clamoring for rooms Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Not only can a hotel very much afford to turn away your business on these days, most often up their rates for these days. Scheduling on 'off' days (Monday – Thursday) will save you a chunk of change right off the top.
Sometimes doing something as simple as calling ahead before you book or go to a hotel can get you a lower rate. This doesn't always work, but it's always worth a try, and it leaves you free to call around to several hotels and compare prices for yourself.
Groupon often offers great deals and coupons for hotels and can be a valuable money saving resource for you and your family.
Don't undervalue the power of travel reward points. These do add up and lots of times you can pay for stays and extra nights at the hotels you already enjoy staying at.