Frugal Vacation- How to Have a GREAT Vacation on Limited $

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      Liss

      RE: Budget101.com : Frugality on Vacations

      We actually do camp at least twice each year; we?ve bought items throughout the years that we use to make it our own ?home-away-from-home? J

      If we go to a specific attraction, I contact the local Chamber of Commerce for brochures and coupons.

      Hotels – We try to always get a room with kitchenette (if staying in a hotel, continental breakfasts are mandatory for us!). Don?t forget about all the discount hotel sites where you can search for the lowest fares. An indoor pool is a good extra but sometimes that just makes the kids want to hang out there and not venture out for more fun.

      Using your rewards points for a gas card sounds great!! I am on a site that now offers a debit card so I usually opt for that option so I am free to use it when and where needed most.

      We try and schedule in some down-time for the kids. Yes, it?s vacation but that doesn?t mean I have to drag them in and out of a million places just to say we?ve been there/done that!! They mostly enjoy the laidback atmosphere and not having to be stuck at home.

      If we eat out at a nice restaurant, we do it at lunch time. Prices are almost half of those at dinner (and you can still use any coupons at that time) and you still get enough food to satisfy. We save the sandwiches for dinner.

      **you can see if the place you are going has a local Entertainment coupon book. They are typically $20 (they will start discounting them towards the summer as new books come out in October) and can save you much more than that in just a short time.

      We do take some food with us but I have started to understand that that isn?t always a good use of space in the vehicle. Yes, some things are too good to not take from home (sodas, car snacks, condiments) but some things you can just as cheap and easy at a grocery store near your destination. Most towns have a WalMart so I don?t worry about taking bread and fresh meat ?

      I just buy it there. **The kids have started requesting to have a picnic if it?s going to be a long drive. They get to eat and then run around exploring the rest area/ picnic area while we relax and regroup J We just have everyone make up a sack lunch (so you don?t have to prepare it there) and put those and drinks in a small cooler and that?s all we take out.

      Hope some of this helps! Yolonda

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