In loving memory of Grandpa Nono I'm temporarily suspending my "Healthy on a Budget" series to tell you about the vacation that we took two weeks ago to Florida on a budget (we spent well under $1000).
We had been wanting to visit Ryan's grandfather in Florida and this seemed like the best time, little did we know how God had planned to use us on this trip. Staying with family kept our lodging expenses low and we had an incredible view (and access) of the beach/gulf of Mexico. We were also able to do much of our own cooking in Grandpa's kitchen, which cost much less than eating out. And of course the beach provided very cheap recreation. We also have friends that live in the area, so we were able to visit with them one night and met them at a park another day. The kids enjoyed playing with other children (and their toys) while the adults enjoyed catching up with each other.
MoneySavingmom.com) in binders with educational activities as well as road trip activities (like scavenger hunts and bingo pages thanks to momsminivan.com). In addition to these items, books to read, coloring books and crayons, and dvds (limited to one or one hour a day) I made up mystery bags (lunch sacks) with various items from around our house. Caelen loves cars, so in one of his bags was a variety of cars and trucks. Aviella loves dinosaurs, so she got a bag full of dinosaurs. Some bags I filled with craft activities, some I filled with stickers and some I filled with bug catchers, plastic bugs and bug tongs (left-overs from a birthday party). For this trip I didn't spend any money on activities for the way down, but did purchase some new craft items for the return trip from JoAnn Fabric's dollar section. In the past I have found items from the dollar store for our mystery bags - Oriental Trading Company would be another good place to get road trip items (which is where our left-over birthday party items came from).