Wednesday, May 13, 2009

More Frugal Vacation Fun

Still having fun on a budget. Maybe this will help you get creative with your own vacation fun.

Carousel ride - $3.50


Who says shopping has to mean spending?

Trying on hats, taking pictures, and laughing our heads off - $0


Playing with toys in the toy store - $0


One bag of taffy $5


Feeding the seals - $5 for 5 buckets of fish guts and chunks

Our one meal out - $54 including gratuity (Found out it's so much cheaper when everyone had a little snack about an hour before. We all drank waters and then ordered the food we wanted without restriction. But because we weren't all ravenous we didn't order giant amounts.) Normally a meal at a nice restaurant for six of us is around $80.


Swimming in the hotel pool at least twice a day - $0


And of course Nickelodeon off and on through out the day.

A few funny comments...

"Mom, I feel bad for people with cable because they just play the same thing over and over."

"Mom, what's a twinkie?" (I'm obviously a crappy parent if my 5 year old has no idea what a twinkie is. Note to self...add twinkies to grocery list purely for educational purposes.)

16 comments:

Maria said...

I'm liking this vacation! And my kids just found out what a twinkie was when a friend had one.. so I got a good deal on that :)

Leslie said...

Don't feel bad about the Twinkie...my 6 year old just found out what one was only because his Cub Scout leader brought some to a meeting. Same goes for Ding Dongs, Kool-Aid, etc...oh well at least he knows how to read ;0)

Terri and Bob said...

You are so GOOD at what you do! You are all having a fab time without spending friviously!

shopannies said...

so glad that you had such a great time and it does sound rather frugal. I can use all the tips I can find since I am planning a few getaways and have 6 children myself

Miriam said...

Gayle, I hope you bought that super cute black hat with the white polka-dots! You looked really cute in it! You could wear it around the house while you're homeschooling, washing clothes with your homemade laundry detergent, use it for your garden hat... all kinds of things!

penguinsandladybugs said...

Nice post! I love the educational value of a twinkie :0)

Leigh said...

Awesome trip. Glad you all had a nice time.

km said...

We sampled foods for each letter of the alphabet (one letter each week) and my 7yo had his first Twinkie this year. Some of my kids didn't even like them.

The Halton Mom said...

You seem to be doing great on your vaca. Thanks once again for the great tips!

Frugal in Florida said...

hehe...and when you buy the twinkies, make sure you google the 50 ways to kill a twinkie! woohoo! I loooove twinkies but can't justify the cost of them nowdays!

Frugal in Florida said...

hehe...and when you buy the twinkies, make sure you google the 50 ways to kill a twinkie! woohoo! I loooove twinkies but can't justify the cost of them nowdays!

Wendy said...

Right there with ya' on the Twinkies. I did the same thing about a year ago. But be careful ... they are now selling banana Twinkies in deceptively similar packaging. Somehow, they're not quite the same ;-0

EEEEMommy said...

Looks like a fabulous time! Love the hats! :)

Millie said...

I love where you are vacationing! We used to live near there and for fun on a Saturday we too would go and try on hats. So much fun! Having recently moved to the midwest I can tell you that the beach is one thing I will miss very much.

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

My kids don't know what twinkies are either ... Mrs.B

Michelle @ Leaving Excess said...

My five year old has no idea what a Twinkie is!