My semi-frugal family vacation!

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Whew!  I just got back from a quick weekend getaway with my family.  We went to the windy city, Chicago!

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You can have a fun and frugal vacation!

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We had a great time site seeing and exploring Chicago.  We went stayed right off of Michigan Avenue!  There was tons of action, great places to eat, and fun stuff for the kids to do.

My kids loved the Museum of Science and Industry.  There was so much to see.  We literally spent 6 hours there and only made it though part of the exhibits!

It was great getting to experience “big” city life, for a few days.

My goal was to  be “somewhat frugal” on the trip, but still relax and have a great time with my family.

Our hotel was a splurge for us, but we decided rather than have to pay for parking everywhere we went, we would stay down town.  We put a lot of walking miles on, but saved a ton on parking!

As far as eating out went, we splurged on a few nice restaurants, including Rain Forest Cafe.  We saved money though, by splitting a meal, and going when places had Happy Hour Specials-like half price appetizers.

We were also fortunate enough to have a gift card to spend at Bar Louie.  They had $1 Burgers after 5:00 PM!

I would recommend, checking out area restaurants for specials and deals before you decide where to eat.

Another great tip is to bring food with you and stash food in your hotel room.  We were able to save a ton on eating out, by having food in our hotel room.  We had a few meals, in our hotel room with food we brought from home.  Our hotel room even had a refrigerator that we stored our leftovers in from our restaurant meals as well.  We tried to limit our eating out to as little as possible.  We had breakfast of granola bars, cereal bars, and some fruit, we brought from home.

Of course, I brought my coupons with just in case.  It was a good thing that I did because I was able to score some sweet deals at stores that I would not have normally been able to shop at because there are not stores available where I live.  CVS and Whole Foods were two stores that I used coupons at while I was in Chicago.

Although, my focus was to have fun with my family.  I was glad I had my coupons with just in case!

Do you bring coupons when you travel?  It’s better to be prepared!  There is always time to save, even on vacation!

We had a wonderful, semi-frugal, fun, family vacation!  One last, family trip before school starts!  If you have travel tips, or frugal travel fun, feel free to share it with the Grocery Coupon Network Community!

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