Vacations / Travel
You find gift shops everywhere you go these days. My children are ages 5 and 7. They tend to want to get something as a souvenir whether we are at the zoo, on a road trip, etc. To allow them to purchase something with their allowance, but still avoid spending s too much, I have started a post card album for each of them. When we are on vacation or a special day trip, they can choose a couple of post cards to add to their album of memories. This is also a great way to avoid having all of the "junk" cluttering their rooms.
My husband and I wanted to take our five children to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
When I empty my suitcase after returning from a trip, I put two or three fabric softener sheets into it.
Limit eating out to 1 or 2 meals a day by staying in a hotel that offers a decent continental breakfast: cereal & milk, fruit, muffins, pastries, coffee & juice.
When we take car trips, rather than pay for expensive fast foods, we pack up a small cooler with healthy lunch favorites, snacks - fruit, vegetables, cheese, for example -and drinks.
Here's a great way to save when you are planning a vacation.
I'm a stay-at-home mom with two little boys.
In some states, at rest stops on major highways you can ask for free state maps.
A quick tip for anyone wanting to use their frequent flyer miles for free travel-book your trip as far ahead as you can.
My husband and I take 2 vacations each year at the local NASCAR races here in Phoenix.
Last year my family and friends (total of 24 people) spend two days in the Magic Kingdom for FREE.
We love to go to timeshare presentations.
We’ve been taking a biannual trip to Disneyworld for a number of years.
Before my husband went home to the Lord, we traveled a lot on Amtrak in their sleeper compartments.
If you are taking a long car trip with children, it pays to plan ahead.
I have found a way to buy magazine subscriptions, for myself or for a gift, using frequent flyer miles.
I'm terrible about eating at fast food restaurants.
I had 2000 frequent flyer miles on United Airlines that I had forgotten about. I was able to redeem them for $100 in credit at Restaurant.com.
One of the best deals I've found is membership in my local mothers' club. Dues are $30 per year. For this fee a world of opportunities are available for me and my family: Monthly meetings with informative speakers; inexpensive group outings, free baby sitting through the club's babysitting co-op, membership in a movie-moms group - we get reduced price tickets and go together- opportunities for community service and leadership. Last summer we took advantage of a two-night camp-out at a regional park with 15 other families from the club.