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- March 8, 2007 at 8:22 pm #238346Liss
Re: Budget101.com : Frugality on Vacations
>>How do you give you & your family a great vacation on a limited
budget? What do you do that helps cut the costs?<< It really depends on the place you decide to go and what you consider a “great vacation”. But in general, go at an off peak time (indoor waterparks in the winter for example), Disney in January that sort of thing. Do a lot of searching for hotel deals in the area you want to stay – they are definitely out there but it takes a lot of work to find them. always ask is this the best price i can get on this room/car etc. most hotels and car rental places will not offer up their best prices unless you specifically ask. if you have aaa, mention that and get quotes with and without the aaa. bring food/water/snacks. have a huge breakfast (usually the cheapest meal) and eat smaller the rest of the day – bring sandwiches for lunch if you can. or eat lunch out (cheaper than dinner) and have the sandwiches/pizza in the hotel room. if you can get a mini fridge or microwave in your hotel room, its usually worth the extra expense so that you can cook/eat in the room. or use a huge ice chest if you drove to keep items like milk, drinks, leftovers cold.
we’ve often stayed in extended stay hotels which tend to be very reasonable (49-79/night) depending on where they are located. They have a full size fridge, stove, microwave, coffee pot etc. right in the room and very clean and secure.They don’t usually have pools (some do have outdoor pools) but if you are only sleeping there and doing other things during the day it doesn’t matter so much imo.
don’t be afraid to drive instead of fly. there are so many great little stops that you can make along the way that are sometimes more fun than the actual destination.
hth’s a little bit.
monica in il
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