Lookin for thrifty travel ideas

Amanda - posted on 05/31/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Ok, so I consider myself pretty darn thrifty, and my husband is amazed at how I find the things I do. For instance, I love to read and get books from local thrift shops and more, well, I have been wanting a Kindle for a long time but WILL not spend the money on one. Just the other night I was on Amazon.com just shopping around when some ebooks caught my eye for $.99. I thought HMMMMM some of these are ones that I have been looking for and just wont spend the money on. So while browsing through, I found a FREE Kindle download for my laptop so i don't even need the kindle. I bought a couple of the books for under a dollar each and downloaded the kindle app to my laptop. Now I have my summer reading stocked up and under way!
With that, I am having a bit of a problem coming up with a thrifty way to do a fun family vacation. We decided last year that we would make it our goal to see all 50 states in our lifetime and share the tradition with our boys now 6 and 5. We figured if we start now we may accomplish this but if not it is something fun to pass down to the boys and thier families one day. So I put all 50 states on slips of paper and we put them in a container. Thanksgiving is when we pick our destination for the next year. My oldest got to pick first and he picked New York! We are from Pennsylvania and have not really traveled much outside except for the tristate area of PA WV MD. First I would love any and all ideas for fun budget friendly things to do in New York as well as all over the country. I would love to hear about the areas you all live in and what things are around (including the local thrift shops and more) , as well as easy to use travel websites and more!
I look forward to hearing from all of you and getting to know you all so I can share our budgeting and thrifty ideas as well!

Thank you so much
Amanda

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Rachael - posted on 06/04/2012

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Hey Amanda, going on a trip in 2 1/2 weeks & looking for similar ...$$$ saving ideas. My boys are 5 & 7 & we're from NW Washington. Driven down the I-5 corridor to CA many times, & up to Canada as I'm from B.C. We're going from WA to KY & back. Have you been to KY TN or MO with your kids??? Some things we're doing on this trip to save are mapquesting all McDonalds & Burger Kings with indoor playplaces on the route so we can get cheap icecream & a playground when we stop for bathroom breaks. Also mapping Wal-Marts so we can buy anything we forgot or need along the way. We have a local zoo membership that has a reciprocity program so we can go to other zoos for free...maybe you are a member of a club or organization that has a reciprocity program like the YMCA??? State, county, regional, city and federal parks usually offer a good bang for your buck as well as historic sites like old fortresses. We've also searched elementary schools for free playgrounds and paved bike paths for free scooter riding. Sorry I don't have anything specifically for NY state...the last time I was there was10 years ago...before husband & kids!!!

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Amanda - posted on 06/01/2012

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I have never heard of freecycle! It actually sounds like fun. Going yardsaling without really going to far! I have tons to get rid of since we moved but dread the thought of having a yard sale of my own.
Thanks for the tip, and I can't wait until we get to come to michigan! Sounds beautiful and like there is alot to do.

Katherine - posted on 06/01/2012

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I live in Michigan. The thrifty things I do are I freecycle. There is also a Salvation army, A Goodwill and other thrift stores. But freecycle is my favorite. Everything is free. They are all over the world (I think) so you just sign up and offer and pick things that you want and go and pick them up from people's houses. I have gotten rid of a lot of stuff! I've also gotten a lot of things. A bike for my 3 year old, a trike, a headboard, a desk for my 6 year old, tons of clothes, etc....

Th Upper Peninsula is gorgeous in the summer, actually anywhere up North is. We have sand dunes and beautiful scenery. My husband did a paint job for a lady and she let us stay at her cottage up north for free for a week and it was awesome! We have the great lakes, and other lakes. Camping.....just tons to do.

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