We save our change in a big wooden box I have. Whatever is in there by the time we want to go on a vacation that is the money we spend. Last year we went to an amusement park that was about an hour and a half away. We bought a 2 day pass ( which is cheaper) and spent one night at a hotel.
I got a AAA discount. We came back the second night. The hotel had an indoor pool and a hot tub and a resteraunt. It was really nice. This year we will probably go camping. There is a really nice lake and campground about 45 minutes from here. We will take some daytrips while we are there to the local caves. Monika