Vacation! and travel tip #1
June 11, 2008, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Frugality, Travel

Jake and I will be leaving tomorrow to go up to upstate New York to visit his relatives for a week. On the way up and back, we’ll be stopping in Pennsylvania to see my family and friends. I’m hoping to take a day trip to Montreal as well.

While I’m gone, I’ve decided to set up frugal travel tips to post every day. The only exception will be my Friday post which will be my usual post about the deals I found for the week. I hope you enjoy these quick tips and that they lead you to some great savings. Feel free to comment with your tips as well.

Without further ado, travel tip #1: Consider all of your transportation options. Flying isn’t the only way to get from point A to point B. Driving, taking the train, taking the bus, taking a cruise, and even biking (for the adventurous sort) are all great and possibly money saving ways to get to and from your destination.

Good news
May 19, 2008, 9:06 pm
Filed under: About me, Careers, Coupons, Library Science, Travel

First, I wanted to mention that I came across another electronic coupon website since I last posted about such programs. Unilever has joined the ranks with MakingLifeBetter ecoupons. Be sure to sign up if you have a participating store near you and enjoy the extra savings!

Second, while stuck in traffic coming home from work today, I checked my voicemail and heard some wonderful news that made my day: one of the local high schools wants to interview me for a full time library assistant position I applied for! Squee! I’m going to call the woman back tomorrow and set up an interview for Friday.

Third, Jake’s dad called him up and offered to pay for us to come up and visit his family next month. We’ve been wanting to go up and see them, but were worried about how we were going to pay for it. Have I mentioned how wonderful Jake’s family is?

Fourth, I’ve received more than I ever thought I would from family and friends for graduation and I’m in the process of transferring it all to savings. I just love watching the balance go higher and higher as the weeks go by.

Fifth, my birthday is on Wednesday.

Vacation dilemma
April 5, 2008, 9:38 pm
Filed under: Travel

Ah, early spring. Time to plan the ol’ summer vacation.

After some convincing on my part, Jake and I had decided some time ago that this year we would like to visit his grandmother in upstate New York then swing by Maine to go camping in Acadia National Park for the better part of a week. We let the planning and details rest in large part until now.

We’ve been saving our pennies for months and have the funds to pay for everything that we’ll need to go on the trip, including a lot of gas, campground fees, and food. Money definitely isn’t an issue for this specific trip, but once we started to talk about it more, we realized that traveling to Maine this summer could put a financial damper on big future trips we have planned.

Jake’s oldest brother is in the army and he and his family are currently stationed in Italy. We aren’t going to let the opportunity to visit them while they’re in Europe pass us by. We’ve both been to Italy before when we were teenagers (completely separately), so even though this trip wouldn’t be our first time to Europe, we’re both very excited about the thought of being able to go back together. This vacation will be a huge expense as plane tickets are going to be a pretty penny, not to mention possible Eurorail passes and lodging.

We would also really like to take an old fashioned cross country road trip sometime in the near future. I’ve been itching to do this for years and I really don’t want to put this on the back burner for too long. We should do it while we’re still young and can drive for long periods of time with relative ease. Gas will be the bulk of the expense for this vacation as we’re planning on camping along the way as much as possible.

On top of all of these plans, we also need to pay for and plan a wedding and honeymoon. We’ve considered going to Italy for our honeymoon so we can kill two birds with one stone, but the verdict is still out on that one.

As much as Maine would be lovely this summer, I think we’re leaning towards pushing that trip off for a few years or merging it with the cross country jaunt. In addition, we’ve been invited to take two smaller trips this summer, one to Nags Head in the Outer Banks, North Carolina and the other to a state park in West Virginia where my dad, brother, and I used to vacation when I was younger. We won’t have to pay for lodging on either trip and most of our food will be paid for. If we went on these two smaller trips instead of going to Maine, we could use the money we save towards one of the bigger trips or our wedding.

Jake still wants to visit his grandmother this summer or fall, but it still remains to be seen if we’ll make that trek. My family is also having a family reunion this summer and it would be possible to stop in for the reunion on our way up to Jake’s grandmother’s.

Sigh. We shall see. We’re in the beginning stages of the planning, as you can plainly see, and we’ve got a lot of details to work out and a set of priorities to make. And don’t forget about budgeting.