Wednesday, June 20, 2012


We talked for weeks about a little family vacation but wanted to keep it simple, inexpensive and adventurous. Saturday night Jason began researching and found a deal online for a hotel. So we packed our bags and after pancakes with some friends early Sunday morning, we headed for the mountains. Here's how we kept our vacation under budget.

1. We checked last minute deals and found a hotel online in the mountains for half the price of normal. So, we booked a one night stay.

2. Old Toys. While this would not work for older kids, it totally did for a two year old. We wrapped old toys in foil and gave them to him during the trip. It was like new toys all over again. For older kids, destination clues could be wrapped or homemade games or even puzzle pieces. The possibilities are endless.

3. Free Amusement Parks. There's one place for a young kid that's just like a free theme park- Bass Pro Shop. It's an aquarium, zoo, and carnival all in one.   We explored the whole place for free and even came away with a free wooden snake Levi got to decorate in-store. O.P. Taylor's was our amusement park for day two. 

4. Meals on the cheap. We enjoyed some meals that we pre-packed. Pictured is us enjoying PB & J's in the back of the minivan. :)

Levi just discovered our Thomas Craigslist find

4. Outdoor Exploration. We stayed across from an old church with a garden out back so we spent an early morning taking pictures and discovering animals. 

5. Sharing. Every time we did eat out, we made it count. Like the BEST pancake house in the Smoky's and some awesome Mexican! When possible, we shared and that included toothbrushes when we discovered we forgot Levi's. 

We'll be honest. There were splurges. 

But we were pretty proud of our memorable, two day mountain vacation for under $200 including gas! 

1 comment:

The Frisk Five said...

Sounds like so much fun. We love Bass Pro Shop. We took Bryson there for his 6th birthday 2 years ago. He loved it.