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11-14-2003, 09:35 AM #1See www.budget101.comGuest
Challenge: Frugal Travel & Entertaining Kids while traveling
Many of you will be traveling during Thanksgiving and other upcoming holidays. I thought it would be nice if we could put together as many frugal/ low cost ideas to help entertain kids along the way. (Even ideas for saving money on long trips on food/hotels, etc.)
All of your ideas & suggestions are greatly appreciated by those traveling, present company included.
I'll start this thread:
One of our favorite traveling tips is to make homemade "Books" for the kids using inexpensive binders (walmart) and plastic "sheets". (I bought a pack of 50 at walmart for $2.47) I then printed out Mazes, Search word puzzles, license plate games, etc that I found online on various homeschool sites, and slipped the pages into these plastic sleeves.
I used the plastic sleeves for 2 reasons... 1. They are snack/juice resistant to sticky fingers & 2. The kids can use "washable" markers or dry erase markers and re-use their books during the entire trip.
Each book was geared to the child receiving it, with some of his favorite characters on the cover and throughout, notes to him personally and activities were chosen based on his favorite game. All together, you can make a great activity book for less than $3. that will entertain your child for at least 8 hours. (Our trip was 28 hours Straight, 2 kidsages 3-6).
Please copy & Paste the following:
What's your favorite frugal Trip idea:
What's your favorite frugal Hotel Tip:
Best Rental Car Tip:
Best Eating Out Tip/ or eating while Traveling Tip:
Other Tips & Areas that weren't mentioned above:
11-14-2003, 08:04 PM #2ShawneeGuest
Re: Challenge: Frugal Travel & Entertaining Kids while traveling
>I then printed out Mazes, Search word puzzles, license plate games,
>etc that I found online on various homeschool sites, and slipped the
>pages into these plastic sleeves.
Here is one site for mazes/games
> What's your favorite frugal Trip idea:
Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead.
> What's your favorite frugal Hotel Tip:
1. Reserve in advance and try to find deals ahead of time to save
money. Easier to do from home than at 10 PM when you decide you need
to stop for the night.
2. If possible try trading drivers off and letting the passengers
sleep and avoid using a hotel while "in transit".
> Best Rental Car Tip:
ALWAYS opt for additional insurance. It will end up cheaper than
damage done to the vehicle in an accident. (Hopefully none will
happen, but better to think in advance.)
> Best Eating Out Tip/ or eating while Traveling Tip:
1. Take as many snack/food items from home as possible to save on
eating at fast food/restaurants. This would include taking bread and
sandwich makings and your milk from the fridge in a cooler so it will
not spoil while you are away.
2. I always have multiple bags of snack mix/chips/crackers/PB & J
sandwhich halves/whatever a favorite snack is with us.
3. When you do stop at a store leave the kids in the car, and DH as
well. It will cut back on "mom can I have _____ ?" questions.
4. I prefer to not eat in the car unless it can't be avoided... BUT
if you have to... Invest in lap trays (for the kids) with a raised
rim around them for eating in the car, that way if spills happen, by
the time you get pulled over to clean it up is should still be mostly
on the tray. Saves upholstery and cleaning.
> Other Tips & Areas that weren't mentioned above:
1. Instead of opting to sitesee by going to local museums and fun
parks, try checking out local parks and other free entry places. The
kids enjoy these just as much most of the time.
2. Let kids choose 3 small favorite toys to take with and than when
they get bored with those pull out a "goody surprise bag" that you
prepacked with a few items from a dollar store.
3. When traveling far, make sure you have access to your
checking/rainy day fund. If something comes up and you need money
(car gets a flat/breaks down.) Than you will not have to call and
borrow money from anyone and have to pay for the cost of having it
wired to you, and you will not have to charge it and possibly pay