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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Chapter 7, Page 12, Book 11


My theme for this week is family vacations. So today I'm going to write about Frugal Traveling

Set a budget and stick to it. Before you even think about where you want to go on your vacation, figure out what you can afford. Vacations are a luxury. You should never go into debt to take a vacation.

Restaurants almost always charge more for their dinner menu while the same food at lunchtime is less expensive. Use this to your advantage and eat your main meal of the day at noon. Picnics are also a great way to save a few dollars. Hit the local grocery store or deli and head to the park. We also look for motels that offer a free continental breakfast.

Load up on healthy snacks, gum, and bottles of water, juice, and milk. There will be plenty of stops along the way where someone will want to consume a chocolate bar in the shape of Mt. Rushmore, so the healthy snacks balance out the splurges.

It's all about great family vacation planning....Your family's vacation style might be finding a perfect balance between lounging by the pool one day followed by non-stop action or sightseeing the next day.

Family vacations are wonderful ways to reconnect with your kids and learn about the world around you Remember, the most important part of a vacation is to spend quality time with your family. I have some wonderful pictures and as soon as I get a good internet connection maybe I'll be able to post them.

Have a terrific Tuesday everyone!

'On Ya'-ma

Tuesday resolution: Let today be different; open your mind to new ideas.



You had some wonderful suggestions for vacation travel. We have utilized many of them in our travels throughout the years. Also like the resolution. I need to try to open my mind to more new ideas.

peggy said...

I hope we get to see your pictures soon.

That corgi :) said...

All great tips Ma!! Glad to hear you have some good pictures to share!! Another good tip to remember is some restaurants have kids eat free certain days of the week so that helps cut expenses, plus some restaurants also offer "early bird" menu for meals before 6 p.m.

keep on having fun!


jack69 said...

This is a very good and timely post my dear.

And I agree with the opening, NEVER go in debt on a vacation. Of course our policy for most of our married lives has been if we cannot afford it, we did not do it. I think that is why we took to camping. You can visit most of this countries attractions and live in a tent. Instead of $100+ a night motel/hotel. When one can afford the prices go for it.

Anyway great advice.
Sherry & Jack on Grassy Pond

Scrappy quilter said...

Great tips. I agree, we can all travel frugally if we set our mind to it. We've done it for years. Hope all is well with you. We are finally settling in and enjoying every min. of it. Hugs