We’ve sure had our share of frugal misadventures in the past, so I was excited to share the ”win” we had last weekend with our small Ocean Shores getaway.
Win #1: Buying a Hotel Stay on Groupon.
So I found a killer deal for a 2-night Ocean Shores getaway on Groupon a couple months ago. It even included a bottle of wine. Score. If you haven’t, watch sites like Groupon and Living Social. Don’t discount the fun you can have on nearby cities, too. Sometimes the fun is simply getting away.
Another site I adore is Hotwire. My husband and I have stayed in some pretty darn swanky places for dirt cheap thanks to Hotwire. Read more about that on my post from last year.
Win #2: Cheap Entertainment with Birds.
Now, this might not be for everyone. Particularly those of you who have seen too many Hitchcock movies…
My husband came up with the idea of taunting the birds sitting on the hood of our car. Kind of messed up, I know. The part that cracks me up is that the seagulls won’t eye the bread or you directly, like they are trying to play it cool, feign disinterest. But they are soooo interested.
But the best was something we’ve decided to call a “drive by birding,” where you basically throw out bread to the birds while the car is in motion. Would you believe about 30-40+ birds were following our MOVING CAR? Crazy. And slightly unnerving.
Check out this car…
The best part about going to some place like the ocean is that the entertainment is completely free…and breathtaking!
Win #4: Saving money on Food. We did a few things to help save on food. First off, we ate a meal before we left the house. That way no one was hungry. Plus, I packed snacks for the car ride. Our hotel also had a kitchenette, so we ate breakfasts and snacks from our room.
On both Saturday and Sunday we ate one meal out, but ate right in the middle of the day so that a second meal out wasn’t needed. Oh, and I might have enjoyed a glass of that wine that was included with our room!
Win #5: Limiting entertainment Costs. One night we did go bowling, and that ended up costing $28 by the time it was all said and done. My kids had so much fun, though my daughter doesn’t seem to convey that emotion in this photo.
Mommy also had fun because she won. This *might* have had something to do with the fact we were using gutter bumpers.
In the evenings, we spent time at our hotel reading books, playing computer games, and watching TV. It was…very nice. It felt like being at home, without the pressure of having to do the laundry or wash the dishes. You should try it.
Last night, the fine solicitors at Hilton called me. “Want to go to Las Vegas?” they asked. When I realized that no, I had not won any sort of sweepstakes and that yes, this was a pitch for me to spend a lot of money, I declined. The gal then asked me if I wanted to go to Hawaii? Well, yes, Lady, but these aren’t things one just decides on over the phone without consulting one’s budget or husband.
I know some of us would love to take big trips and it may just not be in the budget. But I hope this post maybe inspired you to visit somewhere nearby for less money. All weekend, I kept remarking to my husband how much I was enjoying just getting away. I got to read half of the biography I picked up last week, catch up on my emails, snuggle with my littles…
and enjoy a site I’ve never seen in my life…
A snow-covered beach.