Budget-Friendly Staycation Ideas

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Has your family ever tried a staycation? They can be a great budget-friendly alternative to pricey vacations, and usually require a lot less planning. YAY for spontaneous adventures and quality family time!! Here are a few ways to make a family staycation even more special. Note: For those in the Southern Hemisphere, some ideas for […]

SURPRISE! Let’s Go on a Day Trip!

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Last night, while the girls were sleeping in their beds, Mark and I stayed up late packing up the car for a total SURPRISE day trip to nearby Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. (Mark had taken the day off from work, and the weather forecast looked beautiful!!) It. Was. Awesome!!! We enjoyed the sandy beach, waves, […]

Vacation 2010 Highlights

We just returned from our favorite frugal vacation spot — a cabin we rented in beautiful Montebello, Virginia! Here are some of the highlights from our week-long trip! We enjoyed lots of fishing and swimming (well, more like splashing) in the lake. We went exploring on several nature hikes together. We had to visit the […]

Shop Update! And the winner is….

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has been voting for me this past week!!! The results should be available in the next couple of days. However, I just couldn’t wait any longer to announce that the winner of the Kid’s Travel Kit Giveaway is…. Heidi!!! Congratulations!! I received so many requests for these, so […]

Vacation on a Budget — Part II

Here are some other low-cost or free activities our family enjoyed while on vacation in Montebello, VA. (You could probably do most of these on any camping trip too!) Mark took Emily to the lake to feed the fish. I think she was throwing in entire hot dog rolls — they were quite stale. Mark […]

Vacation on a Budget — Part I

Here are some more details from our week long vacation in Montebello, VA. It is beautiful there! We stayed in this cute cottage at the Montebello Camping and Fishing Resort. The rates are very reasonable, and the cabin included a full kitchen, two bedrooms, a pull out sofa in the living room, and a full […]

Vacation Sneak Peek

…And we’re back! As many of you guessed, we went away on vacation last week. It was fabulous (and frugal, of course). Right now I’m busy preparing for tomorrow’s 10! show, so here are some quick highlights from our trip to beautiful Montebello, Virginia with further details to follow soon.  Thank you for all the […]

Get a Deal on Disney

Disney is now offering a package to buy 4 nights, get 3 more nights with tickets free! Plus, when you travel between 3/1 – 3/9 and 3/17- 3/29, you’ll also get a $200 Disney Gift Card. Click here for details.

10 Tips for Planning a Family Vacation on a Budget

Emily enjoys a s’more while on vacation in a Virginia cabin. It’s the start of a new year, and for many people it is a great time to evaluate your vacation plans.  Family vacations can eat up a large portion of your budget, so here are some tips to help you find the best deals […]

Save Money on Airfare and Travel

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and it is rapidly approaching.  Traveling does not have to be a huge expense with these money saving tips. You can enjoy a relaxing vacation, even while on a budget.  Here are some great ways to travel without breaking the bank. When to Book […]