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The Summer of Savings has begun and I wanted to share highlight from the posts this week.
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Monday was all about fun and frugal dates and I shared 52 ideas to you started.
Behind the scenes tidbit – that post took much longer than I anticipated. This Summer of Savings series is special to me so I wanted to come up with date ideas that were not only fun, but could be done cheaply.
#20dollardatenight – Come Join!
Another reason I wanted to have plenty of thrifty and romantic ideas is because I really, really want people to take the $20 dollar date night challenge.
So please sign-up; it’s $100!
Remember to tag me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and use the hastag #20dollardatenight. It makes it so much easier to find you. (By the way, you don’t have to follow me. (Though that’s nice!) )
And if you don’t that’s fine too – at least I’ll feel good that you’re set for a whole year with date ideas!
My personal favorites are catching a game together, making some sidewalk art, picnic at the park, and for those nights you just want to stay at home – homebrewing.
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Last Minute Getaways
The other big post on Couple Money was about last minute getaways. They can be fun, but sometimes we give in to the impulse buy and spend more than we like so I highlighted the sites and the apps to help you stay on budget while you’re out of town. Some of my picks were:
- Better Bidding – to see what successful bids are for certain hotels
- Localeur – find local spots in 16 major cities
- Hopper– make sure you’re getting a good deal on your plane tickets
I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed the travel hacks episode. While weekly show focused on saving you a ton of money,today is all about making your trip less stressful.
Find out how to pack smarter, reduce airport headaches, and keep the kids entertained without giving up your tablet.
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Too many times we struggle with deciding how much to pack and keeping out clothes looking good for the trip. Here are some ways you can simplify the process:
- Roll as many of your clothes as you can. Not sure how to properly roll and pack your suitcase? Real Simple has a video to help you do just that.
- Look at the material of your clothes and pick pieces that will resist wrinkling. Cotton mixed with spandex, wool, or blends.
- Want to minimize how much you pack? Try the 3:1 rule. have 3 tops for bottom. Go with neutral staples with your pants and skirts. That will help you pack less while still having plenty of dress options.
- Heather Poole, author of Cruising Attitude, suggest that it’s better to pack layers of thinner tops like cashmere sweaters rather than your thick sweater or huge winter coat.
- For dress shirts, use your belt to keep the collar in shape.
- Store your phone and tablet chargers in an old sunglasses cases. It’ll make it much easier to find and keep them from getting all tangled.
You may also want to check out Nomadic Matt for more travel hacks and tips.
While flying may be the quickest way to your destinations, it doesn’t always feel that way when you’re at the airport. Avoid some of the hassles with these tips:
- Check in online. Some carriers allow you to check in online even before you get to the airport. It’ll not only help you avoid lines, but sometimes you can snag seats at the same time.
- Prepare your phone. Go ahead and add your airlines customer service number and install apps like TripIt to help you stay on top of things. Sometimes, it’s hard to get help at the front desk so having another way to reach the airline make help you cope with delays.
- If you’re bringing gifts with you, save the wrapping for after you arrive. Besides having your boxes possibly bumped around, TSA may have to unwrap it anyways. Waiting until your at your destination will ensure that your present will look fabulous when it’s given.
For those who fly often, which airports are your favorites and why?
Helping Kids When Traveling
From personal experience I’ve found that it’s hard to travel with kids when they are hungry, tired, or bored. The good news is that you can minimize those problems by doing a little bit of prep work before you leave.
- Kids get hungry and airport food can be expensive. Keep your sanity and have snacks packed on your carry-on so you can have them nibble on them.
- Speaking of food, have snacks that are easy to munch on and clean up. Not matter what age your kids are, bring a pack of baby wipes. They are so useful.
- Bring an empty water bottle with you and keep it topped off so thirsty kids don’t persuade you to pay ridiculous prices. If you grab something from a fast food place most will fill your bottle for free.
- You don’t have to give up your tablet to your antsy kid. Instead pack some noise free surprises like coloring books and crayons, small toys, or a notebook for them to draw.
What other tips do you have for travelling with little ones?
Thoughts on Reducing Stress When Traveling
I hope these tips and tidbits make your next vacation much less stressful. For those who are experts with traveling, please share your tips on the site so the rest of us can use them.