It feels like I haven't worked any Mondays in March, but to be accurate I've worked 2/5ths of them.
First I took a long weekend to babysit the Princess.
Then i took a long weekend to visit the in-laws.
This weekend I'm headed with my family for a mini-vacation. My parents, sister, brother-in-law, the princess, the little man, Mr. Right and myself are all loading up and heading for a 3 day trip to the mountains of North Carolina.
Okay, so I know we live in the mountains of Tennessee.
And they really aren't that different.
But we're limited on time, so we're making it a short trip.
About two months ago, my mom asked to me look up how much a hotel room would be for the weekend we were planning. We would need 3 rooms, and it turned out to be $100 per room per night.
Over Sunday lunch I asked if we could save money by just having two rooms - one for my sister's family, and Mr. Right and I could share with my parents. (My parents are insisting on paying for all the rooms.)
No way. My mom wanted the privacy of her own room.
Actually I suspect she just didn't want to have to share a bed with my dad. They're getting old (sorry to my 50+ crowd) and have joint issues so they both toss and turn. Just when one gets asleep the other starts moving around.
Why not rent a cabin instead?
Of course my genius hub-sand (as my niece calls him) had a great idea - look into renting a cabin for the weekend.
His profession is selling rental cabins, so I'm not entirely certain why I didn't think of it first.
Turns out, we can get a 3 bedroom cabin for $150 a night. A savings of $150 per night. Not to mention the food savings we'll have by having breakfast at the cabin. One night we're even going to cook steaks at home.
Not to mention the freedom my sister will have to put the little man (who's 10 months old) down for bed and not have to worry about being alone in a hotel room.
My frugal Friday tip - consider all your options. With the economy as it is, you could find some really good deals. And just because you're on vacation doesn't mean you have to eat out every meal!
For more great money saving ideas, check out Life as Mom's Frugal Friday.