It's hard in any budget to save money, even if you make what is considered a good income, there seems to never be enough. Nothing is left over, especially for vacation. It's the time in all our lives when we have to make exceptions and get crafty without thinking day to day.
When my son was younger, I was the Cubmaster for his pack. Most of the scouts had single moms. The whole family goes camping in Cubscouts, but money was an issue.
I discovered this by chance last year while packing for camping. I took my 2 outdoor solar lights to use in my tent. These have a flat bottom because they hang from small shepard hooks. I put them outside the tent door in sunlight to recharge during the day and brought them inside at night. Worked great and were fireproof.
To keep your bottles of makeup, lotions, and shampoo from leaking all over your clothes and suitcase, place some cotton in the cap before closing. This will keep it from leaking out!
Since we are not allowed to bring liquids on the plane, when I travel I carry an empty water bottle. After passing through security, I fill the bottle with water from the fountain, therefore, I have water to drink on the plane.
We just bought a 5th wheel trailer. My question is after we camp do you leave canned foods in the trailer or do you take everything out each trip?
We always have to buy those expensive fire starter logs for camping. I had the idea to save our dryer lint and stuff it inside our empty toilet paper rolls. It's free and you never run out of it. It is very easy to catch on fire.
If you are a camper, you have probably at one time or another experienced having a very dark campsite. I have a simple and inexpensive solution for you. Pack one of the solar yard lights to take with you camping.
This will be my daughter Mackenzie's first time going to Disney in Florida. We saved and saved for this trip. I found a FANTASTIC deal on the non stop flight there and back for $76.33 and we got a 4 star hotel for $31.00 a night.
Here is a tip for all the fishermen when they go boating. Tie a few corks to your key ring. If the keys end up in the water, having them float on the top of the water is so much easier than trying to find them at the bottom.
My son just started baseball he has played for a few years. This year he had to get a new glove. Can anyone give us an idea on how to break it in. He has a game and we need to get his glove broke in before the game.
I'm traveling 800 miles for the Christmas holiday and I'm trying to decide if I should fly or drive. The flight is about 2 hours, the drive would be about 14. I'm on the fence because I don't know which way is safer and the most practical.
When making a trip and you need to stop for one night, pack a overnight bag with the things you will need that night. Also, pack one set of clean clothes for the next day for self and other family members. I also include basic toiletries.
If you are out on the water, particularly in smaller vessels such as jet skis, canoes, kayaks, etc., take note of the following tip. Place your cell phone inside a drink cozy and then place inside a plastic zip top bag.
Tips to help you save money while you are on vacation. Post your ideas.
Hubby and I are celebrating our 25th anniversary by going on a Western Carribean cruise. I would like some general frugal tips from people who have gone on Royal Carribean Cruise Lines (or any line really). We are trying to do this budget friendly while still getting the most out of our trip.
To keep ants off your camping table or picnic table, clean out four tuna or cat food cans. Next fill the cans about 1/2 full with water and put them under the table legs.
My son caught this speck last October! With all this oil drama going on, we're all wondering what this year's catch will be like? If there is even a catch!
During our July 4th holiday weekend, I wanted to go night fishing with the boyfriend. His protest - no money in the budget for a lantern. My answer - use the 99 cents LED solar pathway lights I had purchased on sale.
Once we arrive and get our assigned campsite, my husband begins to unload and the kids and I go to nearby deserted (checked out) campsites and look for leftover firewood.
My husband for the last 2 years has taken my boys on a "Boys Weekend" trip with a bunch of other men and their boys. Great. The problem is my youngest got a tick bite last year in his neck. His lymph nodes were swollen huge all summer, and are still swollen even after tons of antibiotics and blood drawn to rule out Lyme disease.
Use an empty drink carrier when picnicking or in your back yard. Put forks, spoons, napkins, ketchup and mustard in each slot. It's easy to carry and keeps stuff organized.
What kinds of food should I bring on my trip? I will be spending two nights at a hotel and will need about 7 meals total. I need some food ideas (besides tuna and bagels) that I could bring with me so that I don't have to spend money eating out. Thanks!
I am planning a month long camping trip through several different states. I have twins that will be close to 4 by then. Any tips on keeping it cheap? And sane?
I have a few camping tips for cooking. I also would love it if you will share some of your recipes you have. It is always nice to get tips on food they are hard to find for camping.
We will be traveling to the Badlands SD, Mount Rushmore and then on to Yellowstone National Park this summer. Anyone been to these places and have any suggestions for area, things we MUST SEE, Things we MUST DO? Cheap or free would be best but not necessary.
My husband and I are planning to drive from Blacksburg, VA to Key West during the Christmas time. We would like to stop somewhere in the middle for a few days. Any suggestion for a beautiful little town with a lot of art galleries, nice shops, and good restaurants.
Does anyone have any advice for small, thoughtful but cheap travel souvenirs? If anyone has been to Mexico or has any tips to help us, I would appreciate it. We are just trying to figure out how much money to bring.
My husband and I have our 20th wedding anniversary coming up. We would like to get away for 4-5 days somewhere here in the United States. We were thinking maybe a cabin or somewhere all inclusive.
Should I pay extra money for paper Airline Tickets? I plan on flying a relative in for the Christmas Holidays. I have always purchased paper tickets, I wonder if I should continue?
I am in need of some ideas for inexpensive but fun ideas for a family of 5. My husband, kids and I are trying to make a once in a lifetime trip to California. We will fly into Orange County, go to San Diego and try to drive back up the coast to San Francisco.
DH and I have not been able to take a vacation for several years because of financial restraints and doing our share of caring for elderly relatives. I feel that this is having an effect on me. I don't think creatively and I make mistakes. Does anyone have any ideas of how to refresh the brain cells at home?
I am a big fan of British authors. Mysteries are the genre I most enjoy. PD James, Elizabeth George, Martha Grimes, Margery Allingham and of course Agatha all write books that I devour! I don't like romance to be part of the story. Does anyone have suggestions for additional authors? Thanks!
Tell Me About Australia. This request is for our Australian family. A life long dream of mine has been to visit Australia.
I am wondering what can I do for some sort of vacation. I have been working 2 jobs for the last 9 months and school is out. I don't really have any money to spend. I am somewhat handicapped in that I have to have electricity at night so I can't camp. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Recently, I took a trip to New York City. One of my main concerns was public bathrooms and their cleanliness. Besides a small bottle of hand sanitizer, I carried my own toilet seat covers.
When one of our scouts or kids starts getting a hot spot ready to turn into a blister, especially when breaking in new shoes or boots or when hiking, we take a small piece of tape and cover the affected area. They are as good as new.
For women traveling alone what's the best and safest way to carry your cash and credit cards? Has anyone ever put cash inside the bra cup? I have seen it and I think it's a full proof system.
Can anyone help me plan a getaway trip for approximately 2-3 nights? We want to go to Chicago and stay in town so we will not have car rental fees. Any ideas of clean, nice, moderate priced place to stay?
I purchased a wind up flashlight to use, never have to worry about if I bought enough batteries or if they will last long enough. A minute of cranking will last about 20 minutes and that's usually enough time to get to the shower house/restrooms.
One getaway I would highly recommend is a weekend visit to a state park! I live in Indiana, and you can reserve a cabin for $25 to $35 per night. The cabins are furnished, have electricity, private bathroom and shower, and kitchen.
I am 17 and might be traveling to Africa this summer for missionary work. I was wondering if anyone out there had done anything of the sort. I wear contacts and I don't know how that will work when I'm over there, and what key items should bring I when going to Africa.
I recently read on a web site about taking laundry tablets with you on a vacation in case you have to wash some things. They are easy to carry and cheaper than buying the little boxes offered at "washing" places, however, I cannot find laundry tablets!
Does anyone have any good ideas or tips for planning a Disney vacation? There is so much info on the website, and I have so far been unsuccessful in ordering the vacation guide.
I have two preschool daughters. When we travel, I pack outfits in gallon sized Ziploc bags. I include top, shorts, underwear, and socks. That way, they can take a pack and dress themselves and I don't have to sort through all of the clothes each day.
My family is planning a vacation to Orlando late July, or early August. Can anyone help us do Disney and such cheap? Is there such a thing?
When I was a kid, we picnicked a LOT in the summer. My mom got tired of the table cloth blowing up and tipping everything, so she began packing a twin-sized fitted sheet in the basket. It fit the public tables perfectly, and no more blowing tablecloths.
When you are camping where there are no shower facilities, try this. Spray paint gallon milk jugs flat black. Set it in the sun and, wah lah, shower water.
I live in a foreign country and also love to cook. So, when I visit my family in the states, I usually say from 2-4 weeks and because airline tickets are expensive, I try to stay a decent amount of time.
When transporting fishing poles to fishing spot, you can keep the fishing hooks and lures from catching into something you don't want them too. Get a bottle cork and cut it in half or thirds. Now you can stick the hooks or fishing lures into the cork.
My husband and I have been thinking about taking a cruise vacation. Is there anyone who has taken a cruise and can give us any hints as to what to look for as far as the ship itself, where it's registered, what we should ask about, scams, best time of the year to go, websites, etc.?
When you are on vacation, taking pictures of family/friends or just scenery you want to save, remove the memory card from your camera when going through the airport security check points and put it in your purse.
Super easy and cheap. You don't have to buy the candy bars. So good!
This summer, with the price of gas so high, we are taking several mini-vacations in areas close to home. We live about 45 minutes from Blackwater Falls so we will be staying in a cabin in the state park.
Just returned from a trip to Disney World with my family. We stayed on the property and were able to take advantage of the meal plan, which seems expensive at first but is a money saver.
When traveling consider a cooler/ ice chest on wheels with the expandable handle as your carry on luggage at the airport. When you arrive at your destination, you also have a cooler at your disposal.
My husband and I are going to go on vacation around the end of August or beginning of September for 1 to 2 weeks. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for a good vacation? We live in the Midwest, but we are willing to travel about anywhere in the US.
My husband and I are looking for an inexpensive trip in June or July. In Florida it gets so hot that camping probably isn't such a good idea (we originally were planning on meeting another couple in the mountains of NC, but they've backed out on us already). Do you have any suggestions of places to go that aren't super expensive but have fun things to do/see?
We are going to Kansas City in Aug and staying at the Great Wolf Lodge. I've already found some info online but was wondering if there's any ThriftyFun members who've been or ...
This tip is for your new recreation section. On one of our camping trips, I took the time to write down everything we had brought with us, tips about how we had packed that had worked or had not worked, and items we forgot. When we got home I saved this master list, divided into categories of where that item is typically kept at home: garage, storage building, kitchen, etc.
When on a recent trip, I noticed one traveler attached a colorful nylon "scrubbie" to his luggage. Not only was it cute, but really stood out from the rest of us with ribbon attached to our luggage.
Traveling with kids can be quite a challenge. Here are some tips to help keep them occupied and prevent you from going nuts.
Next week I am taking my kids (ages 16, 13, and 11) to Six Flags St. Louis. Can anyone share anything they found in Six Flags that was an unexpected treat? What about in the area around Six Flags, like in St. Louis or between there and Springfield or Peoria, IL?
In April I am taking my first trip out of the country. I have my passport from a couple years ago and verified it was still good for several more. I bought my tickets to and from today. I acquired traveler's insurance. Okay what am I forgetting, over looking, or should consider?
Most airlines are charging for luggage. I have been shipping my things Fedex that is picked up at my door, and at my destination when I arrive.
Where can a family of 4 go for a family trip that is very reasonable? We live in PA.
I wanted to share a few things I learned if you find yourself traveling over several days. Take music, a book, a moshy pillow, a donut if don't want a comatose bottom, and your own food if you are thrifty or just broke like me.
What would be good to take on a airplane to eat and will go through airport security?
I'm trying to put together a gift pack for my mom who is leaving for a vacation this week. It's the first time in many years that she has been able to do something like this, and I want to give her something to make the flight enjoyable.
What can we do in Dallas Ft. Worth on vacation? For free or cheap. We've been to the stockyards, I'm sure we'll go again, but anything else, any cool drives? Is there anything the area is famous for, like a mom and pop restaurant, something that a town is known for?
My husband is considering a job transfer Wichita, KS and I was wondering if anyone from that area can give me some information on cost of living, weather conditions, etc. Anything at all would be appreciated.
Is it financially practical to get a fishing license? We live about seven miles from the Snake River. The license costs $25.75 this coming year. We don't mind catching what other people call "trash fish."
We are going to visit the North Eastern states in September and I would like to know of places of interest to visit. We are going to follow the fall colors starting from Maine.
I've found that it is best to keep a bag of travel supplies together all the time. I fill small bottles with my preferred shampoo and conditioner and I purchase deodorant on sale or the travel size deodorant.
In the evening, after the day's events are over, I make hot water in the coffee pot, then steep a hotel tea bag in a tall hotel cup, sweetened with hotel sugar or sweetener.
Whenever we head to our camper, I always make a couple batches of homemade, dry pancake mix in a ziplock. I never use mix from a box and already having the dry ingredients waiting for me saves me time in the morning when I have to feed my hungry crew.
I will be traveling in the near future to Branson, Missouri and I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions for places to visit in the area. We will be attending maybe one or two shows, however we would like to sight see popular places or eateries along the way.
What time of day is the best time to travel with children?
In Alaska, we fish an awful lot during Salmon Season! Try this tip to keep your bait on the hook: cut tiny pouches from an old pair of pantyhose, place bait inside, and place securely on fishing hook. Works like a charm.
My husband and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary this summer. We would love to go to Hawaii; but don't know exactly how to proceed to make this happen. What are reliable websites, etc. that would lead us to fantastic deals?
I am looking for information for cheap and exciting vacations in New York.