Friday, June 20, 2008
Frugal Family Fun: Summer Edition
The Frugal Friday topic on http://www.moneysavingmom.com/ this week is Frugal Family Fun for summertime. My favorite frugal way to go on vacation is camping. Hotels have gotten quite expensive and with seven people in our family we are required to get two rooms. After extensive research last year, Art and I bought a used motor home. This allows us to take several short inexpensive trips. We are heading to the beach next week, and a beach house to accommodate our family would run anywhere from $3000-$6000 for the week (depending on which beach you go to) Our campsite is $40 a night. The motor home has a kitchen, so we can bring all of our meals and avoid the expense of eating out. There are several state parks (which offer free educational programs for kids every day in the summer) at different lakes near our house, and we can camp there for $18.50 a night. We have a great time swimming, hiking, fishing, roasting marshmallows, and enjoying time together as a family.