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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Frugal Friday - Vacations

Can Vacations be frugal?  Vacations are definitely a want and not a need, however if you have all your debts paid off and an emergency fund in the bank, it's time to celebrate!  Also, you can slow down your pace and enjoy a thing or two that money can buy.

We are looking forward to planning a family vacation for May, so as I start getting my mind rolling about our vacation, I'll share a few things with you.

There are several great ways to save when you vacation.  Since we homeschool we take advantage of the off-season prices!  It's Great!  We can slash a huge amount off of our lodging, just because we we're going before school is out of session.

We've also found that we save money when we rent a condo instead of a hotel.  We save because we have a full kitchen.  Hubby helps me cook and we make easy meals, more convenience foods than I would ever get here at home.  We usually only eat out 3 times.  As our kids get older, eating out becomes an astronomical cost!  So when we cook our own food it helps keep the cost of the vacation down, so that we can hopefully go on one next year too!

For our daytimes, we spend most of the time at the beach, pool and park.  We usually only do 1-2 paid activities for the week.  And guess what the kids always say was the best part?  The time at the beach and pool of course!!!  I thinks it's huge to pick a condo where there are several things to do there.  That's another way to keep costs down. 

This year I would love to have quite a few meals cooked before we ever go and use those so we don't have to cook as much.  I have a tendency to bite off more than I can chew, so we'll see how that goes!

How about you?  Do you have any pointers to share?  I would love to hear them, especially now as I'm in the planning stages!  Tell me what you do to save money on vacations.

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Whitney said...

I had never thought of cooking ahead. You could pack a few freezer meals in a cooler and that would definitely save money & time. Great idea. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Lori @ Couponomic Stimulus Package said...

When I went on our last vacation I read a book called Mega Cooking and she suggested that! At that point it was a little too late, but I really would love to try it this time around!

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