Chicagolandia
It's been a crazy-busy week here - all geared towards going up north for a little visit. I've still been keeping an eye on the budget, going anywhere can cost a lot ofm oney, but there are always ways to offset the expense. Here are some of the things I've done this week:

1. Wash/dry clothes as much as possible during non-peak hours.

2. Charge my cellphone at the office. Every little bit helps. I'll be doing this with my laptop, too. There's a reason DH & I have saved more than 50% off our electric bill of last year, true we moved to a smaller place, but all the other little things add up.

3. I'll swing by Target for some more free ciabatta rolls (after coupon, of course). I'll make some sammies for the trip, and raid the stockpile for some salty snacks to nibble on during the drive - it's an 8 hour trip - so I'll make sure to bring some variety.

4. Conserve fuel cost!! Pack smart - the heavier the car is, the more fuel we'll use. I'll also use any fuel rewards I've got to get us started on our trip. Last time I filled up my car, it was $2.38 a gallon - because I had $.33 per gallon in fuel rewards to use.

5. Always have a plan. I find that when DH & I don't have a plan, it's easier to spend more $$. So, we've thought about the trip, edcided on what we'd like to do with my sister and her family, so when don't end up trying to do too many things and waste money because we didnt' have time to enjoy them. I've decided on a nice dinner with my sister (and family, of course), and everything else is just gravy from that point on.

Since I won't be posting again til Tuesday, have a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend!
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6 Responses
  1. Amanda Says:

    Have a great (and safe) trip!


  2. Tiffany Says:

    Have a safe trip and of course I hope you have a ton of fun. Those are great trips, whenever we travel we always bring the cooler with drinks and sandwiches they can be so expensive on the highway.



  3. Thanks Tiffany - plan to bring a full cooler of sammies and drinks, and grab some fun snacks out of the stockpile! I love being able to do that.


  4. Have fun and way to plan ahead with meals in the car. That always seems to be my biggest unplanned waste of money. Enjoy your family.


  5. Thanks, centralillinois. Can't wait to get away - need a break from it all.


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