You call that a vacation?
June 20, 2008, 8:10 pm
Filed under: About me, Coupons, Food, Frugality, Relationships, Travel

I really enjoyed my vacation, but man, we sure did a lot of stuff. We drove from Virginia to Pennsylvania, saw my friends and family there and spent the night. The following morning we drove from Pennsylvania to upstate New York to see Jake’s family for a few days. While we were there, we drove to Burlington, Vermont and Montreal, Canada. On our way from upstate New York back down to Pennsylvania, we stopped in Woodstock, NY to have lunch. We spent the night in PA and saw some of both Jake’s and my families, then drove back home to Virginia.

Somehow along the way, we managed to adopted Basil, a part Siamese cat, from one of Jake’s aunts. The poor little guy was being terrorized by her three dogs and we just couldn’t say no to rescuing him. Our dog, Honey, and Basil are slowly working things out.

My two favorite frugal things about our trip both have to do with Jake’s mom. My future mother in law works at the family grocery store. Over Sunday breakfast, I casually told Jake that I had to buy the newspaper. He gave me a funny look (why would I want the newspaper from upstate NY?) and then he unscrewed his face and said, “Oh, coupons.” Jake’s mom happened to overhear and said, “Oh, don’t worry about it. I can get a whole bunch from the store for you.” She not only got me a few copies of Sunday’s coupons, she also got me a bundle of last week’s coupons too. Have I ever mentioned how much I love my future mother in law? She’s also going to try and snag some for me every week and mail them to me. 🙂

Another perk of knowing someone who works at a grocery store is access to “out dates” or food that’s recently expired that the store can no longer sell even though the food is still perfectly fine. Jake’s mom went through everything for us and we came home with a whole boxful of free food.

Today is Jake’s and my three year anniversary, so I’m going to have to cut this post short so I can enjoy the rest of the evening with the one that I love. I hope your past week as been a bit more leisurely than mine.


Travel tip #7
June 18, 2008, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Frugality, Travel

Pack snacks. Nothing’s worse than having to buy a bottle of water for $2 or a small pack of chips for $3 when you’ve already shelled out plenty to get where you’re going. Nonperishable or not easily perishable items are best, of course, and be sure to bring both sweet and salty items to try and match your cravings. If you’re flying, bring an empty water bottle so that you can get through security just fine and then fill it up at a water fountain or sink when you’re on the other side.

Travel tip #6
June 17, 2008, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Frugality, Travel

Try to book way in advance or very last minute. Companies try to entice as many people as possible to book early (to get the ball rolling) and last minute (to fill up any remaining spots) by offering price cuts. If exact dates and times aren’t especially important, your flexibility will also save you some cash.

Travel tip #5
June 16, 2008, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Frugality, Travel

Take off season trips. Nearly everything is cheaper and less crowded off season. Go at the very beginning or very end of a season if you still want to be where the action is on the cheap.

Travel tip #4
June 15, 2008, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Frugality, Travel

Take short or day trips. The shorter your trip and closer your destination, the less money you’ll have to spend getting and staying there. If you can find a desirable place within a couple of hours from your home, take a day trip so that you can save money on lodging.

Travel tip #3
June 14, 2008, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Frugality, Travel

Visit family. Free lodging and home cooked meals? Yes, please. Either on your way to your destination or as your destination, visiting family (and friends) is sure to add an extra element of enjoyment without subtracting much money from your wallet.

Travel tip #2
June 12, 2008, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Frugality, Travel

Search for coupon codes for everything. If you’re booking anything online, be search to fire up your favorite search engine first. Type in the name of the airline, hotel, etc. followed by “coupon” or “coupon code” (example- “Hilton coupon code”) to see if there are any current codes available. You may be pleasantly surprised by what you find.