Friday, October 20, 2017

Back from paradise, & Frugal Friday

We got back from Hawaii late on Wednesday, and I was clearly not prepared to go back to work on Thursday morning. It was a really rough adjustment back to life! :-)

Hawaii was amazing. We stayed at a hotel that had free activities & fitness classes, and I did 2-3/day most days. I went to 10 yoga classes! What a fun treat. We also went to Haleakala & hiked, swam with turtles, and went canoeing. But mostly, M & I just spent time together. Laughing, talking, riding in the car with no one else interrupting . . the simple pleasures. It was fabulous & I'm so happy we went!

Here are a few frugal highlights for the week:

  • We stayed on track with our vacation budget. In fact, we only spent $25 at the hotel (minus the room cost, which we booked through Costco). Two poolside drinks on our last day, and a scoop of ice cream. YUM!
  • We brought our own wine in our (free) checked bag, and had that on the lanai every night. 
  • Stuck to happy hour for most dinners, and had one more elaborate meal out to celebrate our anniversary
  • Ate breakfast in the room (protein bars, muffins, & bananas), as well as lunch almost every day. We stopped by Costco & picked up a few groceries. Our hotel room didn't have a kitchen, but it did have a mini fridge, so we kept our groceries there & got creative. 
  • Took advantage of all the free workouts & a few activities as well - making the most of our resort fee that's included in the hotel.
  • Free carpool to/from work both yesterday & today
What about you? Any big frugal wins to report? 

With that, I'm off to put together a meal plan, so the rest of the week ahead won't be so scrambled! 


  1. Glad you got so much use out of your hotel amenities, so few actually do that. Happy hours rule! Happy Anniversary

  2. Glad you had a wonderful anniversary trip.

  3. It sounds wonderful, and very practical. I'm sure Thursday was a dose of reality-felt like that after just three days away.