We have the same story as most; money is tight and only seems to being getting tighter. However, the kids are getting bigger and life is too short. So I was determined to plan a vacation and keep us budget.
First I found us a condo. I was not willing to stay just anywhere. I was able to get in to one of the Spring Specials at the pink condo on Holiday Isle for $456.00. (Not sure if I can say the name.) But I booked a one bedroom unit and with their 4 night special, saved $232.07. My husband was a little skeptical but it worked out great. The bedroom and living room were separate so we could watch our movie and they could watch theirs. (Movies at the Red Box are only $1.30)
We went to the grocery store. Now on a normal day at home I am no gourmet chef, so I definitely went the easy route on vacation as well. Kids had cereal and milk in the morning, sandwiches for lunch, and something simple for dinner. I can stomach paying $3 dollars for a box of macaroni, as opposed to $6.50 kid’s meal version when I do not have to argue with them to get ready and out the door for dinner.
I spent $65.00 for groceries. I was able to get a shopper card for the grocery store up the street and I was able to save $10.00 on the groceries that I bought, and 50 cents towards a gas purchase. In addition, I was able to take that card to the sprits store and get $5 dollars off my “mommy drinks”.
There were two nights were I did not cook. Night Three we ran up the street to a chain pizza place and bought two $5 pizzas. And the last night, we went out for an early evening dinner at our favorite restaurant and spent $60.00.
All in all, our trip was a huge success. We stayed on budget. The kids played until the sun went down, and we actually came back totally relaxed because we were not rushing to get any where.
If I can do it, I know you can too!!