When traveling, my DW and I would stay at a budget motel. $50 was our budget for a room, $18 for breakfast & $30 for dinner. Last year for the College World Series, we waited til the last minute to go. Not 1 room was available at a budget hotel. We chose Candlewood Suites. It advertised a full kitchen, table top electric burners, microwave, refrigerator, etc. They also advertised Pet Friendly. That meant we could could take Cat, our adopted cat. The kitchen was all they said PLUS the fridge
was full size. $90 bucks for the room We went to Wal-Mart & bought real, healthful food to fix.. Breakfast cost $6, dinner cost $12. Total? $108. Cheap was $98 & we sometimes ate way too heavy. Families could save enough to actually SAVE $$$! Our bonus? We are staying at a real classy place.
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When I started working in my current position 14 years ago I enjoyed eating in the upscale employee dining room. However I found it was costing about $5 a day. I started packing my lunch and put the $5 in a piggybank. I work 3 days a week, so $15 a week over the years has funded a lot of extra
Remember that awesome vacation you had (probably years ago), it can help you through today's stressful moments.... Just close your eyes and picture yourself back on that vacation. Walk the beach, ride a horse, or anything that was a fantastic moment during a past vacation. Spend a few minutes in this mini vacation visualization exercise. When you open your eyes you'll find you are more relaxed and less stressed than you had been a few minutes before.
If you haven't had a really great vacation that you can use, borrow one from someone you know - or make one up. 306
With two kids, student loans & other typical bills to pay, vacations are often an expense we have to trim. In order to still be able to get away while saving money I've done several things. I look to sites like hotels.com, travelocity.com, & orbitz..com to get cheaper hotel rooms. I've also used sites like groupon to get deals for when we're there. Also, if you pay a small yearly fee you can be a AAA member & it gets you access to cheaper car rentals, hotels, vacations, etc.
Another option that's helped us has been to bring a cooler with food to eat lunch at the hotel. Look for hotels that provide breakfast or bring your own (cereal, breakfast bars, milk, fruit, etc.). It really adds up. Another good idea is to go camping.
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