It was my favorite holiday so far. As the boys get older, they appreciate everything, and of course, don't need naps in the middle of festivities, or need to be held/constantly watched. They are at a great age for independence, while still enjoying everything.
The boys got to go mountain biking with my dad, we celebrated, laughed & played games. We also had a great time at the beach. Lots of puzzles, monopoly games, and more family time.
Although vacations are typically pricey, we attempt to keep the prices down. Here's are some of our frugal accomplishments:
- Meal planned on vacation, and used up the majority of the food. (Sent my sister with the leftovers that we couldn't pack). We had some pretty great meals with leftover shrimp & fresh local crab. Yum!
- I packed lunch for everyone to eat in the car yesterday. We did buy clam chowder before we got on the plane, but that was it.
- Brought my refillable bottle of water vs buying at the airport.
- Took advantage of my (last - my status ends tomorrow!) free beer on the flight & gave it to M to enjoy.
- We got one free checked bag through our credit card. The bags were delayed & Alaska has a $25 credit policy when bags take longer than 20 minutes, so I filled out a request for a credit.
- Took two $5 off surveys for a purchase.
- Participated in only free activities while at the beach. We did ride bikes to town for hot chocolate two of the days.
- Ate zero meals out on our vacation (exclusions are hot chocolate & special clam chowder requested by my oldest at the airport).
- Took an Uber home from the airport (cheaper than parking)
- Made a quick frozen Costco pizza when we got home vs getting delivery or takeout.
- Cleaned the beach house before we left, including all of the sheets, laundry, & closing up the house. Saved myself $75!
I have a bunch of things I need to get done today, including grocery shopping and stocking the freezer. We ate down most of our easy freezer meals in the first few weeks of December, so time to build it back & prepare for the very long month of January.
And, kicking us off with a solid meal plan for the first week, here we go!
Saturday (12/31) - we are ordering delivery (using a coupon) for Chinese food
Sunday (1/1) - Steak, mashed potatoes & brussels sprouts
Monday (1/2) - beef kebabs, rice & yogurt sauce
Wednesday (1/3) - Grilled chicken with mashed potatoes
Thursday (1/4) - leftover kebabs & rice
Friday (1/5) - homemade pizza
Saturday (1/6) - mini meatloaves & stuffing
Sunday (1/7) - TBD (will go on my shopping list for next week)
What about you? What were your frugal accomplishments this week? What's on your meal plan? Still using up leftovers?