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Search Online Deal & Travel Sites.

Many times you can find awesome deals on sites such as Groupon. Taking the time to search the internet can prove to be very effective much of the time in comparing prices to find the best deal available. Also take advantage of travel sites like Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline, Booking.com, etc. to help find a place that has the amenities, price and location that’s right for you. Also, I have found that calling travel or rental agencies can sometimes help you find deals that aren’t publicized.

If you have found a way to have an affordable vacation, leave a comment below or submit your idea in my Submissions area.

To read other tips in this series, click on the links below:

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #1 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #2 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #3 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #4 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #5 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #6 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #7 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #8 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #9 (Series)

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Swap Date Nights with Friends.

I know this isn’t exactly a vacation, but occasionally a date night without the kids can certainly be relaxing. Therefore, we are counting date night as a mini vacation. I have had this idea recommended to me many times. Fortunately, I have family relatively close that can watch my son when my husband and I go on a date. For those who don’t have this advantage, if you have friends with kids that live nearby, arrange a date night swap. You can watch their kids and they can watch your kids on different nights to give each other a break. By doing this, you will save on sitter costs and be able to work in that much needed date night.

If you have a tip for saving on vacation costs, please comment below or submit in my Submissions area.

 

To check out the other articles in this series, click on the links below:

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #1 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #2 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #3 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #4 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #5 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #6 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #7 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #8 (Series)

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Save, Save, Save!

Okay, so I know this one sounds obvious, but many times vacation time rolls around and we either use money dedicated for something else, don’t go on vacation, or charge it on a credit card that we can’t afford to pay back. I can’t stress enough the importance of savings. I love to have specific savings accounts for specific purposes, that way I can keep track of my progress on my savings goal. I encourage you to either set up an account or keep a detailed list of all the money set aside for vacation savings. By doing this, you can make sure that your vacation money doesn’t just slip away into other various costs that pop up here and there. And by having that money set aside, you avoid either having to skip vacation all together or winding up with credit card debt that you can’t pay back. Not to mention, if you have it in an account, you may be able to earn a little interest on that money. Every little bit counts, right?

If you have a tip on having an affordable vacation, either submit it in my Submissions area or leave a comment below.

To read the other tips in the series, click on the links below:

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #1 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #2 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #3 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #4 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #5 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #6 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #7 (Series)

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I know as parents, we are supposed to be teaching our children, but sometimes I feel that my child is teaching me. Today, as I was dusting my house, I realized my 15 month old son was following me around eyeing my dusting supplies. I knew he wanted to help mommy clean, but I just felt I had so much to do, I just continued with my chores knowing it would slow me down. The more I watched him, the more I knew I was missing out on one of the most important things in my life, teaching my son. I finally got a clean rag and handed it to him. You would have thought it was Christmas morning. He ran through the house “cleaning” everything in sight with the biggest smile I have ever seen. It was so worth it and so rewarding to slow down and “teach” my son.

I’m one of the biggest fans of time management and implementing new techniques to maximize my time each day, but I think even time management needs some management. If we are always so focused on our time management of getting everything on our list done, then I think sometimes we miss out on some of the greatest blessings in life.

Lesson learned: I truly believe goals and time management are very important in order to stay on track and get things done, but sometimes it does pay to slow down, enjoy the blessings in life, and realize the “list” can wait a few minutes.

I’m planning to continue posting “Lessons Learned from My Child” as I run across them. Follow my blog to read more.

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Make and bring food from home.

 

I know it’s quite an inconvenience sometimes to bring food along with you on a trip versus eating out or grocery shopping when you get there, but it can save quite a bit of money. If you coupon, you can score deals leading up to your vacation for stuff you know you will need (i.e. food, condiments, paper products, toiletries, etc.). Planning out your meals and other necessities in advance has been a money saver for me. My family went to the beach earlier this summer and because of pre-planning we were able to bring a big chunk of our necessities in advance and spend a very minimal amount on these items while we were on vacation. As far as a time saver, you could even make some food in advance and plan to cook it in a crock pot so you don’t have to take time away from your relaxing vacation to cook.

If you have found ways to have an affordable vacation, please comment below or submit them in my Submissions area. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for tip #8 in this 2 week series.

To read the other tips in this series, click on the links below:

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #1 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #2 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #3 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #4 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #5 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #6 (Series)

 

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Go with Friends or Family and Split the Cost.

If you have some close friends or family that you wouldn’t mind spending some time with, then take a vacation with them and split the cost. You could easily save on gas by riding together. Also, you could possibly rent a larger hotel room/suite which would hopefully make the total room costs less when split amongst everyone. Finally, it may be able to save you on food if you are going somewhere where you would be making your own meals.

If you have found a way to cut on vacation expenses, please submit it in the Submissions area or in a comment below.

To read the other tips in this series, please click on the links below:

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #1 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #2 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #3 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #4 (Series)

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #5 (Series)

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Coming from someone who used to think money grew on trees and bought everything I wanted, I feel like I can truly say that once I learned how to manage my money and to live on less, I felt less stressed and more blessed. First, because I was spending less, I didn’t feel the financial stress over figuring out where money was going to come from to pay the bills. I lived off the money I had versus living over my means and finding the money later. It’s so easy it today’s times to want that instant gratification of getting an item as soon as you want it that we no longer save the money first. We end up with mounds of debt and no end in sight. Instead, training myself to live on less and within my means, I have found so much more peace and less financial strain.

Second, less stuff means less clutter. I am very particular about having a specific place for each item in my house, so with having less stuff I have found that I spend less time straightening. When I do get new things, I try to get rid of old ones by selling or donating them to help pay for the new things plus I get a second bonus of less clutter and a cleaner looking home.

These are just the top 2 reasons for living with less. I encourage you to try living within your means and find out the many reasons for yourself to live on less.

If you have a story to tell of how you feel blessed by living on less, please share in the comments below or in my Submissions area.

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Use Credit Card Points.

IF you are responsible with a credit card and can keep up with the payments, a credit card can actually be quite the moneymaker. My husband and I use credit cards for just about everything so we can rack up on the points. We pay the card off at least twice a month to ensure that we don’t pay any interest or fees. When choosing a credit card, be sure to research all the rewards it has to offer. You may even find that some will even offer quite a hefty sign-on bonus. Just be careful to always look through the fees and make sure the good outweighs the bad as some cards may charge an annual fee. We take the points that we earn and cash them in for money that we apply to our vacation. As with the other tips, this in and of itself may not fully pay for a vacation, but if you combine it with some other tips in this series then you may be able put quite a dent in your vacation costs.

To read previous articles in this series, click on the links below:

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #4

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #3

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #2

10 Ways to Have an Affordable Vacation: Tip #1

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Use Websites & Apps to Pay for Vacation Expenses.

Go to my article on Making Money with Websites & Apps and find some that will work with your schedule. While you probably won’t make a lot of money off these apps, I earn a few extra dollars and gift cards here and there. You will be surprised at how quickly this can add up. Even if you don’t make enough to pay for all of your vacation expenses, it could help make a small dent. Click here to link to my other article.

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