How We Saved On Our Mini Vacation {and A Free Printable}

A couple of weeks ago we took a mini vacation.  What’s a mini vacation?  It’s when you and your family go away for just one night!

It was important to my husband and I to go on vacation while it’s still just the 6 of us and we worked hard to make it happen.

How We Saved On Our Mini Vacation and a Free Printable

We also used 5 simple strategies to help us spend as little as possible.

1.  Pick your destination carefully.  We chose to go to a resort with an indoor water park which meant we didn’t need to change our plans if it rained or was too hot.  We also chose this resort because allows its guest to use the resort 3 hours prior to check-in and until closing on the day of check-out.  We were able to maximize our use of the water park and therefore our vacation dollars.  We had almost 2 full days at the water park for the price of 1 overnight stay.  This resort was less than 2 hours from home, therefore we didn’t have expensive plane fairs and our gasoline expense was reasonable.

2.  Bring your own food and drinks.  Our room had a mini-fridge which made bringing our own breakfast, snacks and drinks easy.  If we didn’t have access to a refrigerator, we could have packed a cooler and used ice from the resort’s ice machine to keep everything cold.  For dinner we ordered pizza from the resort’s take out pizza restaurant which saved us money because we didn’t have to pay for drinks or a tip like we would at a sit down restaurant.  We ate cold cereal in our room for breakfast, again saving us money.

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3.  Be flexible with your travel dates.  I knew which type of room I wanted to stay in at the resort and it didn’t matter when we went there.  I used the resort’s website to search for the lowest possible rate for that room type and we were able to pay $150 less than the room usually goes for.

4.  If someone offers help, accept it.  I realize that this isn’t an option for everyone, but if it is embrace it as the gift that it is.  Sometimes it’s hard for me to accept help, especially financial help.  I’ll admit that my pride often gets in the way.  A relative offered to help us pay for this mini vacation and as hard as it was, we gratefully accepted the gift.

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5.  Use a packing list.  I always create a packing list for vacation.  I usually start a week or so before and add things to the list as I think of them.  The last thing I want to do while I’m on vacation is spend money to replace a toothbrush or bathing suit that I left at home.

I usually recreate the packing list for every vacation, but this time around I created a spreadsheet and turned it into a cute free printable that I want to share with all of you.  I hope you like it and it helps you pack for your next vacation!

How do you save money on vacation?  Do you have any other tips to add to this list?

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