March 27, 2009

Another long weekend!

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.


  1. I really love the cabin idea. You guys are going to have so much fun. Think of me planting all those darn flowers when you are out in mother nature relaxing. As you can tell, I'm not looking forward to planting again.

  2. Have fun!! I think it's GORGEOUS in NC. I have family there, and their house is like a 20 minute hike to a waterfall. How great is that? TN isn't bad on the eyes either! I love the smokies :)

  3. I love the mountains in that area! Hubby has family in Ashville and it's gorgeous! TN is great too, we've been to Gatlinburg area and loved it! The cabin is a terrific idea because not only are you saving money, but you all get to be together and it's much more home-ier than a hotel! Have fun!!!

  4. What a great idea on the cabin. Have a good weekend, it sounds like a lot of fun!!

  5. Great idea! We've done similar things by renting houses for a weekend rather than hotel rooms. Most vacation places have houses that you can rent, and it saves a lot of money on eating costs!

  6. Thanks for visiting my blog and posting that recipe. Talk about easy and it looks great.

  7. "His profession is selling rental cabins, so I'm not entirely certain why I didn't think of it first." Cracked me up! We rented a cabin in the Smokies last June.

  8. Feeling better, but not out of the woods...thanks.

    We stay in cabins often! Many have hot tubs too. I always search for them first when we travel! Enjoy...

    OH...we might drive down to your neck of the woods for spring break...

  9. What an awesome suggestion! Hope you have a blast =)

  10. How cool! That sounds like a lot of fun!

  11. Hi! Thanks for stopping by to read my not-so-romantic engagement post!
    Sounds like a great weekend - way to go on the big savings! And LOL at hub-sand. BTW, my best friend lives in Nashville, and I wasn't aware there were "mountains" there, LOL! I live in the Cascades at the foot of Mt. Rainier. What you have in Tenn my love, are hills. Just kidding - not trying to offend! I love Tennessee - beautiful state. Have a great long weekend!

  12. I hope you guys have a terrific weekend together, AND that you remember to wave in my direction as you pass by! =)

  13. Thanks so much for visiting me on my SITS day....making the rounds. Wish me luck.

    xoxo-The Rambler @ My Rambling Thoughts.


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