Mini vacations are fun and can save you money. This means you plan a special day which brings you back to your home at night to save on the hotel rate.
I announced to my husband 1 week in advance that I was going to kidnap him for a special day. I asked him to be home from work by noon on Friday (weekend is fine too but more crowded. I am a teacher so can take advantage of off times.) I had a nice lunch prepared before we left, cooler with drinks and goodies to go, and all we needed for the day. It was interesting that for 3 days he was telling co-workers that he was being taken away for the day. The kids helped plan the day.
So where did we go? We live 30 min. from the Atlantic ocean. $3. for the park entrance fee and then stopped at a local restaurant for seafood on the way home. It would have been cheaper to come home for dinner or have it packed in the cooler but my husband loves eating out and I rarely let him go to restaurants.
Because we eat out so infrequently, this was special yet the cost of the day was cheaper than a hotel for the night.
I was amazed that the kids and my husband thanked me for a great day. Next week we plan another day; half the fun is anticipation of the surprise. Be creative and take advantage of almost free events, packing your own food, and your creativity.
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