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Staycation: Vacationing on a Budget

With summer fast approaching and the kiddies getting out of school soon, now is a great time to start planning for that long awaited summer vacation.   But if you think you’ve got to go far or spend a lot of money to have a good time, think again.  Now more than ever people are taking “Staycations” instead of taking traditional vacations abroad. 
 
Staycations are not new.  People have been doing this for years however it has recently become more popular due to high travel costs such as food, fuel and airfare.  Staycations are a smart way to vacation on a budget. They can be loads of fun and allow you to be creative when coming up with ways to have a great time at home. You don’t have to go broke to enjoy yourself.  It’s all in how you go about planning your staycation…chances are you’ll find places and many activities to do that you never knew were available right in your own backyard and ultimately save a hunk of cash.
 
Check out these savvy tips for planning a great Staycation:
 
De-stress yourself – Vacationing is all about taking time off and getting away from the hustle and bustle of life. This is the time to kick back and relax…let your hair down. What would you do if you were away on vacation? Taking a staycation should be no different.  De-stress yourself…that means turn off all phones and computers (email, facebook, etc.) and anything work related that would distract you from having a good time.
 
Plan daily activities – To ensure that your staycation is a memorable one, plan daily activities and try to stick to them. Check the local paper or the internet to find popular attractions around your city such as museums, amusement parks, night clubs, golfing and other local attractions of interest.   
 
Splurge a little – Staying put doesn’t mean that you can’t splurge a little.  Use this opportunity to check into a swanky hotel for one night and enjoy the many amenities it has to offer.  Go to the spa and get a facial, manicure or a pedicure.  A massage is always a good idea.   And don’t forget to treat yourself to a nice lunch or dinner…more than likely your city has a plethora of great restaurants just waiting for you to try.
 
Try something new – Do something different or daring like going skydiving or camping in your own back yard while roasting marsh mellows around a fire.  Don’t let it get too dangerous…the main thing is that you get out and enjoy yourself. Oh, and don’t forget the camera!
 
Staycations are a great way to vacation on a budget and by implementing some of the tips above, you can make it one to remember.  When was the last time you took a staycation?

Frugal Fridays: Awesome Frugal Ideas!!!

Welcome to the Frugal Friday edition of My Take on Money. I simply love finding ways to save money and be more frugal.  I don’t care what anyone says, being frugal is just smart and in this time of uncertainty with the economy the more frugal you can become the better!

This week’s edition is just basically more frugal savvy ideas that will make you a frugal zealot.  Actually these are ideas that most people don’t even think about….it’s the kind of stuff that makes you go…hmmmm 🙂 Check these out:

Recycle take-out containers

Okay, I know what you’re thinking.  It sounds like I’m telling you to recycle those Styrofoam takeout containers that you get from most fast-food joints. Actually I’m referring to those sturdy plastic take-out containers that look like Tupperware.  You’d probably get these types of containers from more expensive restaurants, which is even more of a reason to recycle them.  They make super great containers for storing food or for brining your lunch to work.

Save those extra condiment packets

Yes, I’m one of those people who probably take more than one packet of ketchup or mayonnaise when I eat at a restaurant. At least, I don’t grab a whopping handful….lol.  I actually store the extras in my fridge or store them in a plastic bag to use at work.  One of my favorites is soy sauce….I can never have enough of that.  It beats carrying a soy sauce bottle around.  I guess you can tell that I like Chinese food!   Anyway, please don’t throw those little valuable condiment packets away.   They can come in handy when you least expect them to.

Save unused take-out napkins

Since I save the extra condiment packets that I get at fast-food restaurants, I bet you’re not surprised that I also save any extra napkins that I don’t use as well!  C’mon….you can’t throw away unused napkins. 🙂  Be smart and store them in your purse or in the glove compartment of your car for those times you might spill something.

Give egg cartons a second life

This is really a good idea for those of you who are aspiring to become gardeners.  You can spend your money buying seedling trays or you can use your empty egg cartons instead.  Believe me; they work just as good….especially those large trays that hold 24 or 48 eggs. I also heard that egg shells make good fertilizer for gardens too!

I hope these frugal ideas are as helpful to you as they are for me.  I love being frugal and saving money and you can too!

What savvy frugal ideas do you have?