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A staycation is defined by Dictionary.com as “a vacation spent at home or near home, doing enjoyable activities or visiting local attractions”. Recently our family enjoyed a 6 day staycation.
By staying near to home, we were able to eliminate the expense of accommodations and hiring a pet sitter for our dog.
We were also able to cut down on the expense of travel and eating out.
These things make Staycations attractive to the thrifty families like ours.
10 tips for holding a successful staycation
1. Decide How Much You Want To Spend
Decide exactly how much your family can afford or wants to spend on your staycation.
2. Hold A Family Meeting
Knowing your budget restraints find out what family members want to do and where they want to go. Perhaps visit your local visitor center together to get an idea of just what is in your area to see and do.
3. Come Up With A Day By Day Plan Of Events
Don’t plan your days down to the minute, but do have a plan. For instance, our family really wanted time to just chill out at home every day, so we planned just one out of the house activity daily.
I then planned our weekly menu around these events which brings me to….
4. Plan Simple Meals
The last thing the cook in the family wants to do during staycation is spend hours slaving in the kitchen while everyone else is chilling out.
I bought bread instead of baking my own. I bought cookies instead of baking them.
I planned simple lunches like make your own sandwiches and simple dinners like breakfast for dinner.
We also ate out one meal per day which took a lot of the meal preparation pressure off, however if eating out did not fit our budget I would have frozen more meals ahead to allow for more time off.
5. Share The Work Load
Since you are home housework is going to continue as normal. I let some of it slide for a week but other chores that could not wait a week I delegated so that the work load was shared evenly.
6. Relax The Rules
We gave the children an extra hour of screen time a day. They also got to stay up late and sleep in.
7. Save Money Where You Can
We enjoyed a meal of hotdogs and pop from Sam’s Club for less than $10 one night. I bought a round of snacks from a grocery store instead of pulling through drive thru one afternoon.
8. Splurge On The Important Things
Yes do save money where you can but don’t let having to pay full price stop you from visiting a place that is a “really really want to” to a child.
Instead of telling the child no we were not going at full price we saved in other areas using tips shared in the point above so we could splurge on Skyzone at full price.
9. Visit The Unique
The real fun of a staycation is checking out the hidden gems in your area like the nearby ice-cream parlor my hubby and I took a drive out to and enjoyed a one of a kind banana split at.
10. Make Use Of The Driving Time
Unless you live in a big city where all the places you want to visit are just minutes from your door chances are you are going to have travel time each day.
Use this time to start conversations like “What was your favorite thing we did today?”, or listen to a new CD and critique the album (my music loving middle child loves this).
You could also get books on tape from your local library to listen to during your commutes.
Has your family taken a staycation? Any tips to share?