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As a one-income family (or at least a steady one-income family), money is not always plentiful. Sure, we make do. And we live well within our means. But, it would be nice to be able to splurge every so often. Or, to at least, start saving for something big. And while we may not be able to take a huge family vacation anytime soon, we can at least plan a memorable family staycation. There really is so much to see and do in and around this area!
With the continual rising costs of gas, food and the expense of living in general, families are often forced to cut back just to afford the necessities. One of the things being considered to scratch is the annual family vacation. But, you’ve worked hard all year and the family needs a break and time to get away and bond. Yet, it must be affordable.
Enter the staycation.
Many families are making their home the base for a stay at home vacation. Do you really know what your hometown offers in the way of fun and adventure?
How to Plan a Memorable Family Staycation
Call your local Chamber of Commerce or the Visitors and Tourists Bureau. They can offer a myriad of ideas for things to do close to home, many of which are free or very reasonable. There are special events, festivals, museums, parks and zoos, lakes and swimming pools. You save money by eating and sleeping at home.
A camping trip is also a good inexpensive option and if you travel in off peak times such as October and March it’s less crowded and cheaper. Pitch a tent, cook over a campfire and hike in the woods. You’ll not only discover nature but yourselves. Some family camps can be had for a thousand dollars a week for four, including meals, lodging and activities.
If you must leave town try to do the bookings yourself and dig deep for discount hotels. Stay in a 2-star hotel instead of a 4. You may have to bring your own toiletries but the savings would be worth it. Many lower priced hotels offer a free breakfast. You can eat hearty and skip lunch.
Sometimes the price of a suite or a condo is cheaper than renting two rooms if you have a large family. Save money and enjoy the down time in a hotel pool, hot tub or health club. Relax and stay healthy. Take advantage of what’s already paid for.
An all-inclusive resort may be within your budget especially if it’s off season. It’s hard to find a venue that doesn’t cater to families and for one price everything is included from meals, drinks and lodging. Many are located on the beach with countless activities for all ages.
Theme parks are also a good choice for families. Once inside the park most everything (except food and drinks) is included. This means free shows, rides and picnic areas. You can usually stay several days at a theme park and never do the same thing twice. Check out their package deals and save.
Determine your limits. Study your destination and strive for the best value. Plan with a carefree spirit and whether you opt for a staycation or vacation your family will love the adventure.
Other Family Staycation Ideas
Get the whole family in on the idea. If you’re hard-pressed or just can’t decide, make a family staycation activity jar. Have each family member contribute an idea or two and write them down on a slip of paper. Put the paper into a jar and then pick a new activity every night.
How to Save Money for Your Family Staycation
Sure, a family staycation may not cost quite as much as a traditional vacation, but you should still make some plans. For example, saving pocket change or looking for coupons for activities.
You can also save some money when you switch from your family’s current mobile phone plan to Walmart Family Mobile powered by T-Mobile.
Highlights of the Walmart Family Mobile plan include:
- No contract
- No activation fee
- No late fees
- No fees to switch
There are several monthly plans to choose from to meet your family’s needs. We opted for the $49.88 plan which also includes a monthly VUDU ◊ credit that we can use for our family movie night. You will receive receive a free VUDU ◊ movie rental credit valued at $7.00 every time you renew your service.
Other highlights of the $49.88 plan: unlimited talk, text, and data which includes up to 15GB of 4G LTE † then 2G*
- Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to this page or your local Walmart for current pricing
With no contract, it’s easier than ever to make the switch. And you have Nationwide coverage on T-Mobile’s 4G LTE† network.
How would Walmart Family Mobile help you save and plan for your family staycation?
* Please always refer to the latest terms and conditions at myfamilymobile.com.
†To get 4G LTE speed, you must have a 4G LTE capable device and 4G LTE SIM Card. Actual availability, coverage and speed may vary. LTE is a trademark of ETSI.
◊Limited time offer. Available for lines active with the PLUS $49.88 plan only. VUDU enabled device and account required for digital viewing. Customers must be 18 years or older to open a VUDU account. Movie rental only available in the USA. Free movie rental provided in the form of a movie rental code to the value of a $7.00 VUDU credit. Movie rental code allows for selection from available movies for rent. May not be readily redeemable on all new releases. Code will be delivered within up to 24 hours of the effective account renewal date. Must be used within 30 days of receiving code. Offer is non-transferable. Limit 1 per customer. Additional terms and conditions on VUDU’s website: http://www.vudu.com/