Family holiday suggestions abound as long as you're getting a little imaginative. Just note that if you take home life-long memories, you can't go wrong.
Stay out of the coffee shops. Starbucks is expensive. When you bring along your own coffee pot and can of coffee, why pay $4 or 5 for one cup of coffee? Take the sugar as well as the creamer. How about tea? Take to you your own. You can drink as little or as much as you want, and on a single cup you don't spend a fortune.
That is to say, you're going to have too many options if you're lucky. Most families tend to struggle with holiday plans that can make planning a real task. Eventually, when you place the boring options on the table, your holiday planning goes from anticipation to surrender, and that's not the way to get things going.
Months before the journey, set aside for spending allowance at least two rolls of quarters per person. Ask that person how much money they have and stick to it for the duration of the trip. When the kids spend all their money and beg for more, it's hard to give in. Sometimes you have to compromise a few small things when you're a businessman to remain within your means.
Spending quarters as quickly as cents. They may look a little more cumbersome, but this is a great way to keep your hands off the credit cards and out of your pocket whenever you go.
Ride the Rails-Ride a train now lends itself mostly to a daily commute to and from the office. Traveling by train was once the only, elegant way to get around, and thankfully there are still trains available to take people on long-forgotten journeys.
First, settle on one or two paid events such as the zoo or amusement park (remember to stay within your budget) and book online. Most zoos/aquariums offer a bundle package that can save around $10 or 12 a person-you can typically find some great deals online but be careful when purchasing tickets online-make sure you read the fine print.
If you have a question about what you are purchasing, call the specified number and ask before you purchase it. If what you buy online is unclear, so what you get is unclear.
This is perfect when you schedule your trip months in advance. Yet note you're going to have to eat. Due to the Value Menus, we eat out every day, usually once a day at a fast-food restaurant. But one way we do it, and we don't have to take our budget off our journey, is really easy. Gift cards from the store. I fudge $10-$ 15 out of my grocery money every week, several months before our holiday, purchasing a gift card for Burger King, Wendy's, Sonic, Dairy Queen, Little Caesar's Pizza, Applebee's, Denny's and I-Hop. There are also cards available for Cracker Barrel. There may be others, but some of our favorites are these. At dollar stores or Target you can find these gift cards and they can be used at any time.