Wednesday, February 25, 2009

WFMW: Weekend getaways on a shoestring!

I love weekend getaways...getaways with my hubby, getaways with my family, getaways with my girlfriends! Getaways can be quite expensive when you factor in hotel rooms, food, etc. I have found a few things that make these weekends much easier on my budget.

Hotels
- I like to use Hotwire.com. I used them in November and stayed at a 4 star hotel in Chicago for $89/night! I used them around Thanksgiving and stayed at a Hampton Inn in Indianapolis for $35/night. I used them last weekend and stayed at a Signature Inn for $35/night and I'm using them this weekend to stay at a Doubletree for $52.

Food- I try to plan out our eating in advance! This weekend when we go to Indy, I had to come up with something for dinner Saturday night and all three meals on Sunday. On Saturday night, we'll eat at a restaurant using a Restaurant.com gift certificate. You can save 80% on Restaurant.com certificates by using the code "DINE". We typically spend about $25 OOP for a family of 4 when we use one of these certificates and we eat quite well! I'm also planning on eating lunch and dinner on Sunday using coupons. I also try to bring snacks from home with me for when we all get the munchies in the hotel room. This is a whole lot cheaper than vending machines and room service!!!

Our weekend away including gas, meals, and hotels will probably cost us around $125...not too bad considering we're a family of 4 and a typical hotel room costs that much!

That's what "works for me!" Head on over to We Are THAT Family for Works for Me Wednesday!

3 Comments:

Anonymous Wanda said...

Oh my sistah! You are rocking it on saving the moola! Good job!
Thanks for sharing. I live near Indy and have a very special birthday coming up for my middle child. She's turning 16 and wants to go stay somewhere with a group of girlfriends..then shop.
We thought maybe Chicago or Indy! I'm gonna do it through Hotwire.

February 25, 2009 at 11:07 AM  
Anonymous ~*Michelle*~ said...

Oh, I am totally bookmarking this.....praying that we have enough left over with tax return for my husband to get a long overdue weekend away.

thanks and God bless~

*~Michelle~*

February 25, 2009 at 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Lisa with Saving Money...Living Better said...

Glad this was helpful! We've had a lot of getaways lately which is unusual, but so much more doable when you can do it for cheap!

February 25, 2009 at 9:49 PM  

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