Sunday, April 18, 2010

R&R Rescue

+That's what I'm in need of...some rest and relaxation...but that's not the reason for this blog. I was reading in Babytalk and came across this article on cost-saving tips for your first family vacation, so I thought I would share.

1. Use privileges you already have. Look in your may have a few discounts inside and you didn't even know it. A Bank of America ATM, credit or debit card is good for free admission to about 120 zoos, science centers, botanical gardens and museums across the United States on the first weekend of every month (Museums on Us). If you're a AAA member, you can save up to 20% on Hertz car rentals and up to 40% on tickets to several theme parks, including Sesame Place, Six Flags and Busch Gardens (

2. Pack the apps. For $2, road-trippers can download the "Lowest Gas Prices Finder" app onto an iPhone to find the cheapest gas prices.

3. Consider cruising. Reduce dining expenses and the stress of planning activities with an all-inclusive cruise. Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's largest and newest ship, offers play groups, craft workshops and sea-friendly science experiments in its Youth Zone, dedicated to kids 6 months and older. Babysitting is available for kids ages 1 and up (

4. Teach and save. Full-time teachers and faculty at accredited institutions can sign up for the International Teacher Identity Card (ITIC), which is good for reduced airfare on major airlines, discounts on hotel accommodations and car rentals, and basic insurance in case of sickness or accident (

So, with summer fastly approaching, maybe you can use any one of these suggestions. I sure would like to go on a cruise!! And, if you happen to have any fabulous money-saving suggestions for this summer, please feel free to share.


P.S. My son projectile-pooped today...thankfully it didn't get on me! I've been peed on a few times already though.

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