GUEST POST: Fun on a Budget: Tips for a Cost-Conscious Weekend Getaway

The only thing better than going on a delightful weekend getaway with a loved one is doing so without having to spend a lot of money. It’s often difficult to enjoy yourself if you’re concerned about how a weekend junket will affect your bank account. Fortunately, it’s easier than you might think. What’s better is that if you get it down to a science, you can look forward to many such opportunities to get away from it all with your partner.

Here, No Ordinary Liz offers tips on how to bring it all together.

Wrap Things Up Before You Go

One of the easiest ways to enjoy a budget-friendly getaway is to tie up loose ends before you leave. If you’re managing your own business, it’s important to take some time for yourself, so you shouldn’t feel guilty about getting out of the office and enjoying life. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the workload of being a manager, consider investing in online business services to help you tackle everything. You might find that you start taking advantage of these services even when you aren’t planning a getaway. Once you’ve made sure you don’t have any obligations, you can take a breather and enjoy the weekend.

Travel Bargains

Scour the internet for travel deals on flights until you’re sure you’re getting the lowest fare. Also, look for bargains on sites like Priceline and take advantage of weekend specials and savings for sites like Enterprise Rent-A-Car to ensure you’re getting the best bang for your buck. So, look carefully and check back often until you’re sure yours will indeed be a budget-friendly getaway. A diligent last-minute search can often net you airfare for under $100. Websites such as Kayak can even send alerts when a deal is found that fits within your established parameters. One good way to approach it is to look for the best rates for any airline, which increases the likelihood you’ll find something in your price range.

Accommodations

Luxury hotels and high-end B & Bs add a lot to the experience but defeat the purpose of an inexpensive getaway, so make frequent use of coupons and deals for sites like Hotel.com so you can fit this trip into your budget. Focusing on accommodations that offer a continental or complementary full breakfast is also a good way to save on meal cost since you can eat a late breakfast and take a couple of muffins, doughnuts, or some fruit along when you get out and about.

Child Care

This is one hurdle that undoes many a planned getaway. Couples are often forced to give up on their plans or take the kids along, which will certainly add to your tally. If your children are too young to stay by themselves, it’ll be necessary to find a friend or relative (preferably someone with children) to watch your kids while away. It’s an important cost-saving measure because free child care will end up saving you a bundle. 

Getting Behind the Wheel

If your getaway precludes the possibility of air travel, consider getting behind the wheel and driving if you’re within reasonable driving distance (say within eight hours or so) for a weekend getaway. Coupons.com, for example, is a site that provides access to a host of deals for costly expenses to help make this travel fun and budget-friendly.

Cost-Conscious Dining

Few expenses drive up the cost of a weekend getaway like dining out at high-end and touristy restaurants. It’s often easier to get a better feel for a destination by looking for restaurants that are off the beaten path and in older, more historic neighborhoods than the “main drag” where tourist literature tries to convince visitors to congregate. Ask the concierge at your hotel to recommend some of the best moderately priced local places to eat, and always take advantage of a local person’s knowledge when you’re a newcomer. 

A budget-conscious approach to a weekend away will leave you with a lifetime of cherished memories and experiences — and with plenty of money left over in your wallet.

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About the Author:

Emma Grace Brown lives her life by her rules; and it works! When she’s not snuggling puppies, Emma promotes female empowerment through her website. Her mission is to help those who live with self-doubt to realize they don’t have to mold themselves to conventionality. 

GUEST POST: 5 Things to Look for in Your Dream Home

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Once you lay eyes on your dream home, you will know that it is the one. However, before starting this search, it is a good idea to make a list of all of your top priorities to serve as a guide. Here are five things to look for in your dream home.

Outdoor Living Space

One of the biggest selling points in today’s modern homes is the availability of an outdoor living space. This has become especially notable as families look to entertain more outside because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Elements to look for in your outdoor living space include a covered patio area, room for comfortable seating, a heating element, and the means to prepare food outdoors. Other desirable elements include proper lighting, a fire pit, and entertainment offerings.

Affordability

All of the features in the world will not make you happy if you are constantly worrying about how you are going to make your mortgage payment each month. For this reason, your dream home should be a house that you can easily afford. If not, you will not be able to enjoy it as much.

Be sure to consider new homes Edmonton Northwest when you are looking for a house that has all of the features you have always dreamed of at a price that will make you feel good about your investment.

Look for Flexibility

One of the most important things to consider when deciding on your dream home is what type of living space flexibility it will provide for you. This is particularly important if you are still growing your family. For example, if you plan on adding to your family, you will need a home that gives you room to grow.

If you plan on retiring in this home, you need to consider that you may have mobility issues as you age. For this reason, many families choose homes with main floor master suites if they plan on staying in the home for the rest of their lives. The more versatile that your home is, the more likely that you will stay in it for the long term.

Consider the Location and Neighborhood

Your home is more than just the structure. It is where you lay down your roots and make a life. Because of this, it is vital that you consider the location and neighborhood when landing on that perfect home.

If you have children, you will clearly make the available schools a top priority. If you are entering your golden years, you are going to want to consider factors such as convenience to the services that you need the most when you age, traffic patterns, and other elements that will contribute to your quality of life.

Practical Lifestyle Considerations

Only you know what will make you the happiest in your home. If your family is the active type, you may enjoy a big yard with room for a sports court or a putting green. If you are a movie buff or sports fan, you will appreciate the enjoyment of a media room to watch your favorite team or the latest blockbuster.

Wine connoisseurs will get a lot of use out of a wine cellar or wet bar. Understanding how you plan to use your home will help you to narrow down what amenities you find most desirable in a house. Be sure to consider how you live and your goals in life when weighing homes against each other.

Finding the house of your dreams may take some time and effort but it will be well worth it in the end.

About the Author:

Lizzie Howard is a Colorado native who after graduating from the University of Colorado spends her time as a freelance writer. When Lizzie isn’t writing, she enjoys going on hikes, baking for her friends and family, and spending time with her beloved yellow lab, Sparky.  Twitter – @LizzieH60862204

GUEST POST: Your Diet, Your Health: How to Eat Well, Feel Better, and Save Money

Do you think eating healthy is too expensive or wonder why you should bother? A healthy diet can shrink your waistline, but weight loss isn’t the only reason to choose nutritious foods over empty calories. Just look at these mental and physical benefits of a nutritious diet:

  • Better moods and fewer mood swings.
  • Improved focus.
  • Better sleep.
  • More energy.
  • Improved athletic performance.
  • Clearer skin.
  • Reduced digestive problems.
  • A stronger immune system.
  • Lower risk of chronic lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Eating well doesn’t have to break the bank, either. If you think healthy eating means shopping organic at high-end stores like Whole Foods, think again. While eating well on a tight budget might require more planning, it absolutely can be done. Don’t believe us? These six budget-friendly shopping and cooking tips will show you how. Continue reading “GUEST POST: Your Diet, Your Health: How to Eat Well, Feel Better, and Save Money”

GUEST POST: No Ordinary Guide to Moving Interstate: 5 Most Practical Tips of All Time

Moving, like having your legs waxed or cavities filled, is a task that is expected to be far from fun. However, not liking it won’t change the fact that it must happen when it needs to be done. Daunting as it may be, relocating to another state can become a lot easier and less stressful.

Resourcefulness and rational thinking can get you a long way in terms of relocating. From planning and packing to dealing with the actual move, you should be fine if you know (and follow) the five most practical moving tips of all time: Continue reading “GUEST POST: No Ordinary Guide to Moving Interstate: 5 Most Practical Tips of All Time”