Friday, July 01, 2011

Save Money On Vacation

Here's a couple ways to save money this summer while planning your vacation.

Souvenirs
Instead of heading for all the local shops for a souvenir here are a some inexpensive ideas. You've heard the saying "A picture's worth a thousand words" - well take lots of pics. If you must bring home a physical memento try a store that not in the heart of the city - they are usually cheaper than the local tourist traps.

Where to Stay
If possible rent a place that has a fully functional kitchen. That way you can cook you own meals instead of having to eat out every meal. Bring food with you or shop at a local grocery store. Don't forget breakfasts and snacks.


When and Where
Obviously the biggest money saver is when you go and where you stay. To save big go during non-peak weeks (usually mid-summer for beaches or mid-winter for sky areas). If you really want to go during peak weeks try staying a little bit further out of town. Most places charge more when they are closer to the main attractions.

Following these tips you can have still fun and save some money too. Remember the point is to have fun and make memories as a family.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Vacation Organization

With tomorrow starting a nice 3 day weekend for most of us here in the US, many people decide to go on vacation. Here are a couple helpful hints to keep your stuff organized while away from home.

First off, keep all dirty clothes separate. We bring a plastic grocery bag or trash bag for each person and when we take them off the dirty clothes each evening they go right into the bag. If you are going to be away for an extended period of time, you can always have them cleaned by the hotel or at a laundromat. It keeps clean clothes clean.

If you have young children try to keep all their toys contained to one room and stored in a bag or drawer when not being played with. We designate a draw for all their toys, because it's easier for them to see everything. Otherwise the bag gets dumped out often.

Lastly, to save time and headaches, pack up as much as possible the night before checkout. Pack away all clothes except what you need the next day. Clean up the rooms and through away leftover food that won't be eaten or taken with you. That way you aren't running around like crazy the morning trying to find everything and getting stuff packed away.  To make sure nothing is left behind do a sweep of each room morning of checkout. You don't want to forget that special toy or blankie.

Just a couple quick little tips to help you stay organized during your trip.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!


I just wanted to express my thanks to all the ladies and gentlemen who served in the armed forces of the United States of America.

I hope everyone realizes that they are the reason we have so many freedoms. Please remember them and pray for their well-being on this day of celebration.