Yeah, I’m kinda freaking out about spending all that money on our upcoming vacation. So, I thought it would be a good idea to share my plans for saving money before we go and while we’re gone. Just because I’m making plans to save money doesn’t mean that I’ll end up doing them all—but I really want to. Here we go:
♦ Unplug lots of stuff before we go. Sure I’ll leave some stuff plugged in for the convenience of the house-sitter but she’s not going to use my computer (nobody is allowed to) and I don’t think she’s interested in playing the Xbox or Wii. There’s some other stuff I can unplug too, that could help lower our utility bill for the week we’re gone. Ooooh, and I can unplug my mini fridge, I won’t need really cold water if I’m not here.
♦ Bring bottled water and other drinks from home as well as some snacks to keep food costs low. These can really add up. Thankfully, our room has a mini-fridge to keep any food and drinks cold. If there wasn’t one, we could always bring one of those collapsible coolers and fill it with ice from the hotel.
♦ Bring our own alcohol and the blender. 😉 Drinks can get really expensive. Last time I bought one at the casino we’re going to, it was around $8 for 1 mixed drink (I think it was a hurricane). Since we’re not going to Las Vegas this time, we can have some drinks in our hotel room before we go to the casino. Don’t worry, neither of us drinks and drives…ever.
♦ Check the tire pressure and adjust to the right amounts before taking off. Apparently, this can help you save money on gas and only take a couple of minutes.
♦ I don’t know if this one really applies to anybody else, but it’s mandatory for me. Bringing a couple of towels, my pillowcase and shower cleaner w/ bleach from home. Doesn’t that sound weird? I use Manic Panic hair color and it never stops coming out but it looks hot. Seriously, even after a month, it still comes out every time my hair gets wet and stains everything. The hotel would probably love to charge us extra money for ruining their stuff and all, but I’m going to avoid that issue entirely.
♦ Pre-pack dog food portions. This will be easier on the super-sitter and will avoid any over or under feeding. It could also possibly save us money on dog food if the sitter would have ended up feeding Roxy too much and possibly vet bills if she ate too much and got really sick. Just seems like a good idea.
♦ Don’t speed on the way there. This can save gas as well as potential speeding tickets (which could then result in higher insurance rates). Neither of us has ever gotten a ticket before and it would be nice to keep it that way.
♦ Take advantage of the hotel’s continental breakfast. This was one of the selling points for this hotel. One less meal we need to pay for each day is pretty good; it would be even better if they let us take the food back to our room. That way if we don’t eat all of it, we could save it for later. I’m not sure exactly what they’ll have but I’m sure it will be fine.
♦ Take advantage of the free shuttle service to the casino. If we’re going to go there anyway, why not save gas. Supposedly, they have 24 hour service—we’ll see.
♦ Find alternative activities instead of just gambling. Maybe we could go to a movie or something, 2 hours for under $20 is way better than we’d do at the casino. I haven’t been to a movie in a long time, the last movie I saw was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. I’m thinking that was about a year ago. Or maybe there’s a bowling alley, some event going on or something interesting. Usually the hotels are good about helping you find stuff to do. Or maybe we could rent some movies and do a Quentin Tarantino marathon or something, that’d be pretty sweet.
♦ Withdraw cash from our bank prior to leaving to avoid the evil ATM at the casino. Hopefully, I’ll be able to convince my honey that this is all we can spend. *crossing fingers*
♦ This one isn’t really about saving money but is still pretty cool. I’m going to try to use our credit card (with the Best Buy rewards) for all of our expenses, aside from the cash at the casino, so that we can earn points. Christmas is coming up and it would be pretty cool to earn some extra reward certificates.
That’s all I have so far. I’m so excited about our trip but at the same time terrified about spending that much money.
Any tips for saving on a trip?