10 Tips for a Frugal Homeschooling Staycation

 

I don’t know about you but I am a bit of an enigma. On the one hand I love to travel. I like getting in a car, setting out on an adventure, and exploring my surroundings along the way. On the other hand, I’m a bit of a homebody. I like to stick close to home and spend time with my family and enjoy the surroundings I live in on a regular basis. We don’t have opportunity to travel that often, so when we do we usually make a big trip out of it.

Staycation Tips

But more often than not, we find ourselves making mini trips, or what has been coined a staycation. In the last few years with the economy so low, a lot of people are adopting a staycation mentality. That means exploring the areas that you can drive to and back home within a day. Doing this affords the opportunity for a bit of adventure without the overwhelming cost of hotels, exorbitant gas prices and too many meals out at restaurants. Yet, travel of any kind, even to a not so distant attraction comes with costs. After all, even the local zoo charges a fee to get in. A staycation can offer your family a fun-filled, no pressure day to build memories. {Tweet That}

So how can you utilize the staycation mentality and still keep your costs at the lowest possible prices?

10 Tips for Frugal Staycation Fun

10 Tips for a Frugal Homeschooling Staycation

  1. Pack your meals. I am a small family of 3, yet a meal at a local fast food restaurant can easily cost us $30. But, if I pack a few ham and cheese sandwiches, split a large bag of chips into 3 baggies, add some grapes and juice boxes I can manage to make a lunch meal for about $2 a person. That is a huge savings.  Throw in a few extra bottles of water into that cooler, and you won’t be buying the over priced bottles from the tourist vendors.
  2. Buy gift cards from your local grocery. Most grocery stores now have gas stations as well and if you purchase your groceries from them, they offer you discounts on gas prices. But they also allow that gas discount with gift card purchases. If you know you have to eat out while traveling, plan ahead, purchase a gift card for the restaurant that you plan to eat at in the location you are going to, then use the gas perks to buy your gas for the trip.
  3. Look for ticket discounts. Often tourist attractions offer discounts to local residents. They do this by partnering with a local grocery chain. Go online and search for discount tickets to the attraction that you are planning to go to. Check with supermarket chains in the local area that you will be going to and see if they offer discounts or coupons for that attraction.
  4. Check your family memberships. Many zoos, museums, and science centers offer reciprocal programs across the nation. That means if you have a family membership to your local zoo, chances are you can get in free or at a reduced rate to a zoo in another city. The same is true for science centers and museums. For example, I live in Central Ohio, a membership to the local COSI (science center) means I can get free entrance into the science center in Newark, Cleveland and Toledo too, all within driving distance of home.
  5. Visit the National Parks and Museums. National parks offer a wide variety of hiking, camping, and often are found in historical locations, visits to such parks offer a wealth of homeschooling/field trip studies as well as family fun staycation time.  National museums are funded by American tax dollars. That means you get free admission. So look for national museums that are within driving distance of your home.
  6. Ask for a Discount. Tourist attractions, especially those that have are educational in nature, often offer discounts to educators. As a homeschooling family, you are an educator. They can’t know this if you don’t ask. So ask. Be prepared though to present some type of identification of your standing as an educator. This can be a membership car to HSLDA, or another membership to a homeschool organization. I show my letter of excused absence that I receive from my local school district and that has always sufficed.
  7. Visit Factories. Sometimes a factory offers tours to the public. These factory tours are an awesome way to introduce your children to the world of industry, business,  commerce, engineering, manufacturing and so much more. Some factories offer these tours for free because they know that many who take the tour will end up making a purchase in their visitor centers and gift shops.
  8. Visit your local farmer. Call ahead, and ask if the farm offers tours for educational purposes. If they have a minimum number of participants, work with your homeschool group or co-op and make a day out of it with friends.
  9. Spend a day at your State, metro or local park. Most park systems offer a wide variety of fun and learning opportunities. Do a bit of research online, you might just discover that the park you’ve visited for years has an entire program you aren’t aware of.
  10. Rent a Canoe. Often times you can find a company in your area that rents canoes to tourists. You get to spend a day on the water with your family for a nominal fee and explore your local area from a different perspective at the same time. It’s sure to be a fun and frugal day! (Don’t forget to pack a lunch.)

Whatever activity you choose to do close to home, remember that the purpose of a vacation, er um I mean staycation, is to have some time of fun and relaxation. Let go a bit and just let your family be happy together. It might just be the best memory you ever make.

What are your best frugal staycation tips? Share in comments.

Renée (15 Posts)

Renée Brown is author at her personal blog, Great Peace Academy. She is a homeschooling mom to her one amazing son, Jonathan and has been the wife of her Beloved Michael for 21 years. On her blog you will find discussions about her work as a homeschooling mom, her family and her faith.


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Fantastic Foto Field Trips : March Link Up 2014

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Where did you go in March? Or a year ago in March? Or just any time that you haven’t linked up with us yet?

Inquiring minds want to know. Homeschool moms, that is. We need some ideas! Please share!

Score. #fangirl ❤️

We have been dealing with a stray-cat induced case of ringworm at our house for nearly three weeks. It kind of put our life on hold – as well as any field trip plans we had. Imagine washing every towel, every time you use it. Then add on washing every rug, sheet, and blanket, every time you use them. Sprinkle on a little disinfecting everything in the house daily and vacuuming every other day, and you have a recipe for extreme fatigue.

The one thing I did make time for in the past three weeks was taking each of my teens on a “date” to see Walter Mitty at the dollar theater in town. Don’t worry, we wore long sleeves and pants, so there weren’t any spores spread. We caught something at the theater, though… HOPE and INSPIRATION. Walter Mitty is the epitome of a life-changing field trip movie. I urge you to see it yourself. Aside from a few crass remarks, it was totally above board (clean / family friendly). What a super movie. I can’t wait until it comes out on April 1st at the store so I can buy it and watch it for the FOURTH time.

Where have you been lately?

Your field trip ideas inspire us. Join us here each month (the last Friday of each month) to link up your field trips. Our readers showcase their field trip links, linking recent trips or not-so-recent trips here on our linky tool below. It doesn’t matter how old your link is, but please only post the link to a particular field trip once. Wherever you are going – inquiring homeschool minds want to hear about it (and see pretty pictures!)…

>Rules for linking up:

1. Your Fantastic Foto Fieldtrips post must be about a field trip and must contain photos.

2. There is no date limit on when you posted the article on your blog (ancient stuff from 2005 is acceptable).

3. You can include as many links as you want each month — the more the merrier (wow us!).

4. Do not link back to your main blog page — just the url from the actual field trip post and a title of where it was would be great: example — Sprittibee/Dollar Theater to see Walter Mitty ❤️

5. Be sure to use the graphic for the meme either in your post or sidebar (or both)

Feel free to browse back through our older Fantastic Foto Fieldtrip posts to find great links and fun picture posts.

Just click on the field trips category on our sidebar and scroll away! We can’t wait to join you on your your adventures.

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Sprittibee (287 Posts)

Founder of the Homeschool Post | Homeschool enthusiast with two high school teens and two preschooling tots in the Austin, Texas area. Heather has been homeschooling over 11 years and blogging over 8 years. You can also find her - be it a little less formal - at her personal blog, Sprittibee.com


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Fantastic Foto Field Trips : February Link Up 2014

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Where did you go in February? Has the cold weather let up long enough for you to venture out and have some fun with the kids?

Not so very long ago... #growing #hschallenge

I’ve been feeling particularly nostalgic after a slew of birthdays in which three of my four children got a year older… one even having the gall to turn 17 on me! Yeah, the cute little dude up there in this photo… now towering over me and about to start driving. I’m here to attest that those warnings about your kids growing up in the blink of an eye are true… so whatever you do – ENJOY them. Make memories. Take field trips. They might not remember the phonics workbooks, even some of the books you made them read… but field trips are seldom forgotten.

Where have you been lately?

Your field trip ideas inspire us. Join us here each month (the last Friday of each month) to link up your field trips. Our readers showcase their field trip links, linking recent trips or not-so-recent trips here on our linky tool below. It doesn’t matter how old your link is, but please only post the link to a particular field trip once. Wherever you are going – inquiring homeschool minds want to hear about it (and see pretty pictures!)…

>Rules for linking up:

1. Your Fantastic Foto Fieldtrips post must be about a field trip and must contain photos.

2. There is no date limit on when you posted the article on your blog (ancient stuff from 2005 is acceptable).

3. You can include as many links as you want each month — the more the merrier (wow us!).

4. Do not link back to your main blog page — just the url from the actual field trip post and a title of where it was would be great: example — Sprittibee/Rally for Political Candidate

5. Be sure to use the graphic for the meme either in your post or sidebar (or both)

Feel free to browse back through our older Fantastic Foto Fieldtrip posts to find great links and fun picture posts.

Just click on the field trips category on our sidebar and scroll away! We can’t wait to join you on your your adventures.

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Sprittibee

 

Sprittibee (287 Posts)

Founder of the Homeschool Post | Homeschool enthusiast with two high school teens and two preschooling tots in the Austin, Texas area. Heather has been homeschooling over 11 years and blogging over 8 years. You can also find her - be it a little less formal - at her personal blog, Sprittibee.com


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