Category Archives: Frugal Travel

Trip Report: 2-Night Atlantic Beach Getaway for $100 Total!

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My daughter and I took a trip to the beach a few weekends back and today I’m sharing how we made the trip for a little over $100. This includes two nights at a hotel, gas, food, and entertainment!

My husband was out of town on a fishing trip so the girls headed to beautiful Atlantic Beach, NC. Here’s how we had a fantastic time on a limited budget:

Two Nights at Holiday Inn Express Havelock: $40

I spent $40 total on our two nights lodging at the Holiday Inn Express –

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My #1 Source for Discounted Disney Gift Cards!

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Paying for all (or part) of your Disney World vacation with discounted gift cards is an easy way to save 5% – 15% off the cost of your trip!

And while there are many places that sell discounted Disney gift cards (Target, CardCash, and Sam’s Club, to name a few),  today I’m sharing my recommended, go-to source: BJ’s Wholesale.

First,

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Southwest 3-Day Fare Sale: Flights from $49 or 2,330 Points!

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If you have any travel planned for the rest of the year and still need flights, don’t miss the 3-day fare sale on Southwest!

Get flights from $49 each way or only 2,330 points through 6/8/17 for travel through the end of the year. This is a great way to stretch your points earned by opening a Southwest Rapid Rewards Credit Card. Plus the sign-on bonus is a whopping 60,000 points right now!

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How to Stay on Disney Property for $90/Night (Even in Peak Summer Season!)

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Here’s a quick post to share how I booked two nights at an on-property Disney resort for only $90/night – in peak summer travel season!

I was able to get us discounted rooms at Disney’s All Stars Music Resort for two nights in June with one of my favorite money-saving strategies – using Orbitz promo codes in conjunction with Disney World discounts!

Save 15% on select hotels: JETSETTER

Orbitz regularly releases 15% off promo codes for hotel stays booked on their sites.

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How I Regularly Fly to Disney World For (Almost) Free

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I fly from North Carolina to Orlando two to three times each year to visit Walt Disney World, and I almost never pay for airfare.

How do I pull this off? I fly for (almost) free using Southwest points! In this post, I’ll show you how to earn and redeem points so you can visit your favorite destination more often.

The main way I’ve earned Southwest Rapid Reward Points is by opening a new credit card.

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Walt Disney World’s Free Dining Offer for 2017 is Available!

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The much anticipated Free Dining offer from Disney World is available as of this morning, 4/24/2017! Check out this post for everything you need to know about Free Dining, including how to decide if it is the best deal for you. Here are the details of the 2017 offer and how to book it.

First of all here are the dates that are included this year:

As in years past,

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Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale Review + Some Helpful Tips

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My dad, my four-year-old daughter and I headed to South Florida this March to get some much-needed sunshine and spend some time together. I did a bunch of research to find the right place to stay, and settled on the Embassy Suites Fort Lauderdale 17th Street.

I chose this hotel because:

  • It has large one-bedroom suites that would allow us to all stay in one room together
  • I could book it using Hilton Honors points and pay nothing out-of-pocket!

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How to Put Money Aside for a Disney Vacation and Save 15% in the Process!

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I’ve been looking into creative ways to put money aside for a future Disney vacation for my sister, who wants to visit Disney World more frequently with her family. Of course I’m looking for a way to do this that will also save money in the process!

The best money-saving way I’ve found to put funds aside for a Disney trip is to buy Disney gift cards at a discount with a credit card that will earn considerable cash back on your purchase.

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Daily Getaways: Deals on Hotel Points, SeaWorld Tickets, and more…

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If you are looking for cheap hotel points or planning a trip to Universal Studios or SeaWorld, you might be interested in these deals offered by Daily Getaways. Each day through May 12th, a new travel deal goes live at 1 pm and some of the most popular deals sell out in minutes!

For example, tomorrow you can get a one-day ticket to any SeaWorld park for only $50,

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Trip Report: A Four-Day Spring Break Trip to Disney World for $200

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My daughter and I had a blast on our short spring break trip to Walt Disney World. The sunshine, warmth, and flowers completely lifted my spirits! In this post I’ll share details of our trip plus all the ways I saved money during a generally expensive time of year to travel to Disney World.

First, I was lucky to be able to fund most of the trip from a targeted offer I received in the mail at the end of last year from US Bank.

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How To Check-In & Select Your Room in the Hilton Honors App!

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One special feature of staying at a Hilton hotel is the ability to check-in before you arrive with the Hilton Honors app. Did you know you can select your room location when you check-in with the app, too?

In this post I’ll walk you through how the check-in process works and what to expect when you use the app to select your room. I used it to get us a fantastic room for our stay at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale earlier this year.

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Everything You Need to Know About Free Dining at Disney World!

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Disney World’s “Free Dining” offer is by far it’s most popular promotion. It is pretty clear why… FREE FOOD at Disney? Ummm, yes please!

While nothing is ever really free at Disney World, Free Dining is a great way to save money on a Disney vacation. I’ll answer the most common questions I get asked (e.g. Is it always the best deal? How much can I save?) and share everything you need to know about Free Dining in this post.

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Trip Report: Four-Day Family Getaway to Fort Lauderdale for $90 Total

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I like to share the details of how we manage to travel while living on a tight budget in trip reports like this one. Hopefully it will inspire some of you to pursue your passion, even if you think it’s financially out of reach! Our family lives on a tight budget and I love to travel, so I have to get creative with funding trips like this.

I suffer from pretty severe winter blues,

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Orbitz: New Promo Code for 15% Off Hotel Stays (Works at Disney Resorts!)

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Save 15% on select hotels: EXPLOREMORE

Orbitz just released a promo code good for an additional 15% off stays at select hotels through the end of this year. Book by April 9th and enter the code EXPLOREMORE during checkout to save!

As in the past, Walt Disney World resort hotels are INCLUDED in this deal! So check out my post on how to use Orbitz promo codes to save an additional 15% on top of Disney’s own discounts.

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AmexOffers: $30 off $150 Disney World Ticket Purchase from Undercover Tourist

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If you are planning a trip to Disney World and have an American Express card, don’t miss this great offer!

From now until May 31st, 2017, you can get $30 back on a $150 purchase from Undercover Tourist, my preferred Disney ticket provider.

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First head over to AmexOffers and log in to your American Express account. At the bottom of the screen you will see your current offers.

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How to Earn 5 FREE Nights at a Disney Deluxe Resort with the SPG Amex

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One strategy I regularly use to travel to Walt Disney World for free or cheap is to take advantage of credit card sign-on bonuses.

Right now there is a fantastic offer for one of the best rewards cards for Disney travel. By opening just one credit card you can earn five free nights at the Disney Dolphin Resort, which would cost around $1500 if you paid out-of-pocket!

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From now until April 5th,

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My 5 Favorite Credit Cards for Free Travel with Points & Miles

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The number one way I stretch our travel budget is by leveraging points and miles I earn through credit card use. I’ve earned over $10,000 in free flights, hotels and more from my points and miles hobby, so we aren’t talking about chump change here!

If you are interested in traveling for free with points and miles, you might be a little overwhelmed when you start learning about all of your options.

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How to Use Orbitz to Book Disney Hotels: Save Up To 50% & Still Get Disney Benefits!

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UPDATE: Disney resorts are back on Orbitz after not being able to be booked for several months at the end of 2016!

If you are looking for creative ways to save money on a Walt Disney World vacation, here is one of my top suggestions. I have used this strategy MANY times and have saved hundreds of dollars!

In a nutshell, it is possible (and pretty easy) to stack two discounts on top of each other for Disney World resort hotel reservations when you book on Orbitz.com.

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