Car Games for Kids

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Morning car rides can be daunting if you’re not a morning person, and sometimes even if you ARE a morning person.  Although I believe it’s perfectly ok to let your kids be bored, I also believe it’s important to use moments together wisely.  So we tend to spend our morning car ride having conversations, and playing kids car games that help wake them up and keep them on their toes, AND it’s all done sans technology!  Here I delve beyond “Punch-Buggy Charlie” and the license plate game for some good no-tech car games for kids.

Car Games for Kids

20 Questions – We each take a turn coming up with a person, place, or thing.  Then the other participants take turns asking yes or no questions to figure out what it is.  If we figure it out before the 20th question, we win; if not, then the person answering the questions wins.  This is a good exercise in making deductions and also figuring out good “category” questions. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Cool Things to do While Visiting Greensboro

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Huge thanks to Lindsey of And The Kitchen Sink for guest posting on frugal-friendly tips for traveling to Greensboro.

I have lived in Greensboro my entire life. There’s just something about this city that keeps calling me home. In my years of living here, I have visited and experienced almost everything there is to do here. There’s so much to do here you couldn’t possibly do all of it in a day, in my opinion these are the best bangs for your buck!
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Attractions

Greensboro Science Center

A lot of this sciences are geared toward younger audiences, I would be lying to you if I told you that I didn’t go to the Science Center for my 19th birthday. This is personally one of my favorite places in Greensboro, and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area. Greensboro’s Science center is the only facility in the whole state that offers an accredited science museum, zoo, Omnisphere theater, and aquarium all in one place.
Science Museum- The museum has exhibits that range from fossils and dinosaur footprints, extreme weather galleries, small reptiles, even an educational exhibit filled with interactive displays that take you on a tour of the body’s main systems. From now until June 5th you can see the exciting bodies revealed exhibit. [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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5 Tips for Traveling Frugally

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tips for traveling frugallyTraveling can be expensive and all the little things add up quite quickly! It is hard to imagine saving money while traveling, but it can be done. Here are five tips to traveling frugally so that you can get out there and experience more of the world!

Plan Ahead

This sounds simple enough, but it is strangely one thing that is overlooked. When you are planning on flying, book your ticket three weeks ahead as prices go up on the 21-day mark. Conversely, 48 hours before a flight you can find some tremendous deals on last minute trips. A great resource is using Google Flights and then using this information to compare flights on Expedia or Travelocity.  If you’re traveling during the holidays, these are my tips for saving on holiday flights.

Tips on Fuel

Plan to fill up early in the morning and not when a tanker is filling the gas station’s underground tanks. Gas prices increase before any major holiday, so gas up as far in advance as you can, then just top off on the morning on your road trip. These simple steps will make sure that more gas ends up in your tank for less money.  Also, utilize your Kroger card to save big on gas, too.

Where to Stay

There are many choices of where to stay when traveling. If you are on a road trip, break out the tent and camp along your route. When flying, don’t forget to look up places on AirBNB or check out local B&Bs, especially if you don’t need all the amenities of a hotel. You can contact the Chamber of Commerce in the city you are visiting and often times they have discount codes for you to use at a local hotel.

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Excursions on the Cheap

When talking to the Chamber of Commerce, ask them if they have an activity book (often free) which has 2-for-1 coupons or discounts throughout an area. Many museums and attractions have a couple days a month where admission is reduced or free, plan if your trip is planned around those dates.  Also, utilize things sites/apps Groupon, Scoutmob, Goldstar, and Living Social for discounted deals on things to do locally.


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Don’t Eat All Your Money

Food can add up quickly while traveling. Pack snacks like dried fruit, nuts, and protein bars in your bag. When you get to your destination, stop at the grocery store and pick up food that you can eat. Don’t eat out at breakfast, as you can start your day with a banana and protein shake. (Or if you’re lucky, find a hotel that throws in free breakfast.)  Dinner is usually twice the cost of lunch, so eat your largest meal midday and have the leftovers for dinner.

These are just a few of the ways you can travel frugally this year. Now get out there and travel!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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How to Save Big on Holiday Flights

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holiday flights

Now that we’re in the midst of the holiday season, you may have traveling plans.  But you don’t have to let the high cost of air fair ruin your holiday plans – there are plenty of ways to save.  (And don’t forget to see how you can save on your hotel stay, too.)  So take heed of these tips for saving on your holiday flights, and then sit back and -ahem- enjoy the ride.

 

How to Save Big on Holiday Flights

Buy and fly on Tuesdays. Keep an eye on your calendar: buying and flying on Tuesdays (and sometimes Wednesdays) can save you $100 or more each way! Recently, I looked at a flight from Phoenix to St. Louis, and the price difference was $129 between a Tuesday and a Friday. Talk about huge savings! If you can be flexible on the days you fly, you can save quite a bit of cash.

Use an airline card. Are you a frequent flier? You can use your airline points to book flights for free. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Hilton HHonors – Double the Rewards!

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So my husband has traveled quite a bit this past year, mostly for work.  The last time he calculated, he had spent more than a MONTH away from home.  Thankfully, he’s managed to rack up an extensive amount of frequent flier miles in the process – but wasn’t able to really capitalize on the hotel stays.  …..until now…..

If you’re traveling this holiday season, or any time during the year, it pays to join a good rewards program.  Hilton HHonors is offering double rewards on your second stay.

Hilton HHonors

The perks of joining the Hilton rewards program include: [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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FREE Disney Custom Printed Map

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We *just* got back from our latest trip to Disney, and we are still holding on to a bit of magic and pixie dust.  We took advantage of a fantastic deal through my in-laws Mustang club, and enjoyed three nights at a Disney resort.  This means, we rode the Disney bus every day.  (Even though my 20 mo old son kept calling them “Mickey fire trucks” — but that’s a story for another day…)

What I wish we’d had on hand during our two days at Disney was this super-cool FREE Disney Custom Printed Map! How cool is this!? There were enough new attractions at the Magic Kingdom, and enough rides our four-year-old daughter was finally big enough to ride. However, even with the best of intentions, we still found ourselves fumbling around, trying to figure out our next move!  Click the banner below to get your FREE Disney Custom Printed Map:




Also, it’s not too late to grab the FREE Disney Parks DVD, to help plan your next vacation or to just dream! My daughter has enjoyed watching hers over and over again, reminiscing about her latest trip – and, um, offering up suggested new rides in the future. (Jasmine really needs her own ride, ya know? And Ariel should have three or four.)


Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Traveling On the Fly

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Hubs and I recently packed up the ol’ minivan and took the family to the beach, per my longing. (Honestly, I think the last time my toes were stuck firmly in the sand was our honeymoon!). We scoured through the travel deal sites to find the best deal, and we did ok.

There are quite a few sites out there offering great travel offer, deals, and promotions — one is www.mega.co.uk — it’s a one stop shop for finding great deals and steals for your travel needs.

What is YOUR ideal vacation? I challenge you to find a great deal for it at MEGA today! 🙂

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Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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