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How I’m Flying My Family Across the Country For Under $150

on September 30, 2018

If you are following me on Instagram or Facebook you may know I’m planning a trip to the West Coast this fall. I haven’t been out west in years so I am excited to go in about a month!

In this post, I’m sharing how I managed to get flights to the west coast and back for my whole family for under $150. You’ll learn some of my tactics for flying on the cheap with points and miles as well as how I find the cheapest flights! Read more...

Visiting Dublin on a Budget

on September 5, 2018

I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own. 

Dublin, Ireland is a great place to visit, though it can be an expensive place to visit. 

Despite the fact it’s a little on the pricey side, there are many reasons to visit Dublin, for as with most places its the people that really make the place. Ireland is known for having some of the most welcoming, fun and friendly locals on the planet! Read more...

Florida Vacation Auction: Save Up To 80% in Florida + An Exclusive $25 Promo Code!

on August 16, 2018

I’m excited to share a fun way to save up to 80% on accommodations and activities in Florida with you today!

I’ve been a member of Florida Vacation Auction for years and I’ve partnered with them to offer my readers an exclusive $25 credit – read on for my review and to learn more…

What Is Florida Vacation Auction?

Florida is one of my favorite vacation destinations (this might be obvious since I run a blog dedicated to Disney World) and I love to find creative ways to visit more often. Read more...

10 Things You Need to Know About Great Smoky Mountains Camping

on August 5, 2018

After much planning, we finally got to do some Great Smoky Mountains camping last month!

In this post, I’m sharing everything you need to know about camping in America’s most visited national park to help you plan a visit of your own. Great Smoky Mountains camping is a great way to relax and unwind in a gorgeous national park that is one of our country’s gems.

There is actually a LOT to know about camping in the Smokies so here are the ten things you should know before you go:

1) There Is No Fee To Enter Great Smoky Mountains National Park

If you have visited some of America’s national parks before you might be expecting to stop at a booth and pay an entrance fee to visit the park (for example, we paid $25 to visit Everglades National park earlier this year). Read more...

Six of the Best US Cities for Family Travel

on August 3, 2018

I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own. 

If you have kids then you likely know how tricky it can be to try to plan a vacation that suits every member of the family.

But luckily, there are plenty of places that you can visit as a family right here in the US that everyone will love. They have some history and culture for the kids, as well as some fun spots like a beach or parks to play in. Read more...

Affordable Things To Do In New York City

on July 25, 2018

I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own. 

New York is a city with so much to offer. When I think about NYC, I think about the huge billboards and the endless amount of designer shops.

But, what if you don’t have a huge budget for your trip? Well, there are plenty of ways to save money, and there are low-cost attractions and entertainment options too. Read on to discover more about the affordable things to do in New York City. Read more...

Five Affordable South Florida Activities for Families

on July 20, 2018

South Florida doesn’t exactly have the reputation as an affordable family destination. While Miami and Key West can be ultra expensive, there are other places to explore that are just as much if not more fun for your family!

In this post, I’ll share five South Florida activities for families that are budget-friendly. These fun things to do are affordable alternatives to pricey tourist activities!

For more details on our budget trip to South Florida including where we stayed and a cost breakdown, check out this post. Read more...

How To Get Deals on Myrtle Beach Hotels & Avoid Tourist Traps!

on June 23, 2018

I am one of the rare people who grew up in the 80’s near the East Coast and didn’t visit Myrtle Beach. I finally checked it out this year and am sharing how we avoided the tourist traps and got a deal on a fantastic resort right on the beach for under $75/night!

If you want an affordable beach trip away from the touristy scene that is Myrtle Beach, read on…

Where To Stay: North of Myrtle Beach

When I was researching a visit to Myrtle Beach, I noticed that most of the extremely touristy attractions were located in central and South Myrtle Beach. Read more...

How Priority Pass Can Elevate Your Airport Experience + Special Father’s Day Discount!

on June 8, 2018

I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own. 

Can you imagine grabbing a hot shower, some delicious food, and complimentary alcohol all while waiting for your next flight at the airport? If you are a frequent traveler like I am then this probably sounds too good to be true.

Airport lounges provide an oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of traveling, and it’s possible that you’ve walked past them before and never know they were there. Read more...

Disney’s Pop Century Resort Review: Is It Actually a Good Value?

on May 1, 2018

Walt Disney World resorts are split into three main categories: Value, Moderate, and Deluxe. Value resorts are the most affordable and the most basic in terms of amenities.

Today I’m sharing a thorough review of Pop Century, one of Disney’s Value resorts, with a focus on what you get for your money when staying there. Is Pop Century actually a good value? Read on to find out what I think!

What It Costs

What you will pay for a room at the Pop Century Resort varies greatly depending on what time of year you visit. Read more...

What To Consider Before Buying An RV

on April 16, 2018

I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own. 

The frugal family is always looking for new ways to save money, reduce their debts and live a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget.

Most of the time this can be done by keeping a close eye on the purse strings, cutting down on impulse spending and finding ways to reduce the cost of life’s little essentials.

Yet, sometimes it takes an investment now to save money for years to come. Read more...

Budget Friendly South Florida With Kids: Miami, Everglades, & Key Largo!

on April 7, 2018

I love visiting South Florida in the winter to get a dose of sunshine and warmth. In this post, I’ll show you how to take an affordable family vacation to Miami, the Everglades, and Key Largo that your kids will love!

Tip #1: Choose Affordable Activities

There are some pretty pricey things to do around South Florida, from harbor cruises to airboat tours. The key to keeping your trip under budget is to find some affordable activities everyone in the family will love! Read more...

Flying For Free With Southwest Points FAQs

on March 26, 2018

My favorite credit card for free travel regularly offers a huge sign-on bonus which can help you take many flights for practically free.

I fly from North Carolina to Orlando three to four 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 and answer some questions I often get asked about flying for free on Southwest. Read more...

Ireland’s Must-Visit Counties For Family Travel!

on March 1, 2018

I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own. 

I am starting to plan our family’s travel for 2019, and Ireland is one of the locations at the top of our list! I visited Northern Ireland way back in 2000, but I’ve never been to Ireland proper and would love to go.

Each of Ireland’s counties offers something different, and to help you decide how to spend your time while you are here, I’ll offer you a rundown of some of the most popular to help you make your mind up. Read more...

How to Rent DVC Points & Stay at Disney Deluxe Resorts For Up To 70% Off!

on February 19, 2018

Seven years ago I learned how to rent DVC points and stay at Disney World Deluxe Resorts for a small fraction of what I’d pay by booking directly with Disney.

Learning how to rent DVC points has made it possible for our family to stay in places that we never dreamed we’d be able to afford!

In this post, I’ll share everything you need to know about renting DVC points below in the hopes that your family can experience a stay at one of these amazing resorts, too. Read more...

The Best Places To Get Away From It All (On A Budget)

on February 6, 2018

I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own. 

If you’re looking to get away from it all with your family, then one of the first factors will be cost.  

Perhaps you took it for granted when you were travelling solo or just the two of you, but the price of travelling as a family is often much higher than travelling as a couple!

That said, if you’re truly looking to get away from it all, then there’s a good chance you’ll be wanting to get into nature. Read more...

An Overview of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge FREE Resort Activities!

on January 13, 2018

An overview of the amazing FREE resort activities at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge! Cookie decorating, face painting, tours, and more, all for free!

Every resort at Walt Disney World offers daily resort activities for guests. I’d argue that Animal Kingdom Lodge offers the widest array of resort activities and the best options for kids of any Disney resort.

This fall my family stayed five nights at Animal Kingdom Lodge and only went to the theme parks one day, so we had lots of time to explore the resort and try out the many offerings! Read more...

Hawthorn Suites Lake Buena Vista Review: One-Bedroom Suites Near Disney World From $75/night

on January 12, 2018

How to get a one-bedroom suite near Disney World from $75/night. Resort review of an affordable off-property Disney World hotel. #disneyworld #budgettravel #familytravelWhenever possible, I recommend staying on-property at a Disney resort when visiting Walt Disney World.

But sometimes that’s just not possible, such as on a last-minute trip when Disney resorts are booked or if there isn’t a Disney resort available that fits your budget.

When we planned our short trip for December there were zero rooms available at Disney resorts so I began researching cheap hotels near Disney World.

How to get a one-bedroom suite near Disney World from $75/night. Resort review of an affordable off-property Disney World hotel. #disneyworld #budgettravel #familytravel

I booked us a one-bedroom suite at the Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Lake Buena Vista based on the great reviews of the property (four and a half stars on Tripadvisor). Read more...

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