Hello friends! As I mentioned in this week’s goals, we spent the majority of our week in Arkansas visiting with extended family. Here’s a few of the things I did to save money even while spending most of the week out of town.
We drove the ten hour trip to Arkansas in lieu of flying. I still prefer flying any day over a long road trip but as the years go by we are definitely perfecting our road tripping skills. The cheapest flights available would cost us about $1000 vs. the $100 it (currently) costs to drive. Even if you include another $100 for meals there and back we have stilled saved a ton of money.
We packed a cooler for our road trip. This took care of two meals and numerous snacks. We did opt to stop at a restaurant with a play place during both legs of our trip. (If you are really looking to save money you could stop at a park or a local elementary school playground instead.)
My sister-in-law and I took our children to play at the Arkansas State Museum. I was blown away by the fact that they have a children's section in a state college museum. It was so fun and very interactive. Did I mention that it was free? I'm curious if any other state universities have similar exhibits.
All of the cousins enjoyed a ballet lesson at my in-laws house. Eva's favorite part was definitely the leaping and twirling.
I ordered 99 prints from Shutterfly delivered for $6.
We passed along a bag of clothes to my niece. My sister-in-law and I do a great job of sharing books and clothes back and forth. A good portion of the books I read each year are books I have borrowed from her!
I brought along birthday gifts for two of my nieces in order to save on shipping costs.
My mother-in-law purchased a few much needed outfits for our children. This was really fun because Eva had the opportunity to match with her cousins for the week!
After years of waiting my husband purchased an incredibly nice bicycle used for a fraction of the price that it would have been new. I am super excited for him!
We went swimming once or twice a day while we were in Arkansas at my in-laws house.
We made do by cooking from our pantry for two days until I could make a trip to the grocery. I harvested the first of the zucchini and yellow squash from the garden which really helped!
What frugal things did you do to save money last week?