Vacation On A Budget

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Vacation On A Budget

Does a vacation seem totally out of reach on your family’s budget? My husband and I have been married for almost 6 years and we had never been on a family vacation. We just couldn’t afford to divert the money away from our other financial goals. But our kids are getting older fast, and this year we decided we needed to come up with a compromise between staying on budget and making family vacation memories.

Vacation On A Budget

One of the most budget-friendly ways to get out of town is to go camping. But, my idea of camping is a hotel that doesn’t have room service. But we have found that renting a camping cabin is a great compromise! One of our favorite campgrounds is about an hour and a half away, so it’s an easy road trip.

Travel Safely

We have been to this campground before and had car trouble on the way there, which made it really stressful! Now we make sure to take our car to the Walmart Automotive Care Center before we head out. We got our oil changed while we shopped for our road trip. 

Vacation On A Budget

I always make sure they use Pennzoil® High Mileage Vehicle for cars over 75,000 miles when I get an oil change. Both of our cars have well over 100,000 miles on them, and they still run great! Pennzoil High Mileage helps clean out the sludge that lesser oils leave behind, while helping to recuse leaks and oils consumption in worn or higher mileage engines. Pennzoil High Mileage Vehicle is on Rollback right now for $4 off, so you can get your oil changed for $35.88!

What To Bring

In most cabins you will need to supply your own bedding, including sheets and pillows, towels, etc. I also recommend bringing some disinfecting wipes, dish soap, and hand soap. We also brought a small fan because even though the cabin was air conditioned, it was still warm on a super hot day.  Our cabin was furnished with dishes, basic cookware, paper towels, and toilet paper.

What To Do

One of the budget-friendly advantages to cabin camping vs. staying in a hotel, is that most campgrounds have activities for the kids. My kids loved the pool, and participated in games and crafts that the staff hosted.

Vacation On A Budget

The cabins typically sleep more people than a hotel room, and come equipped with a kitchen, grill, and fire pit. This saved us a ton of money because we didn’t have to eat out for our meals. Another budget-saver is that the campground we chose allowed us to bring our dogs with, so we didn’t have to pay for boarding.

Vacation On A Budget

Memories Made

I’ll be honest – camping, even in a cabin is not my favorite vacation idea. But my kids had an amazing time and the memories we made as a family are worth sleeping in more rustic accommodations for a few nights. If you have been putting off a family vacation because of the cost, I would encourage you to look into cabin camping as an affordable alternative. I regret that we didn’t do this years ago, and we will definitely do it again next year!

Vacation On A Budget

Load everyone up and head out on a road trip! Don’t forget to stop at the Walmart Automotive Care Center before you head out and take advantage of the Rollback offer on an oil change with Pennzoil High Mileage Vehicle. If your vehicle doesn’t have 75,000 miles, try Pennzoil Platinum®: Full Synthetic Motor Oil with PurePlus™ Technology. You can check Pennzoil out of Facebook and YouTube, too. 

Did your family vacation this year? I hope this has inspired you to head out on your next vacation on a budget!


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Melissa is a former hairstylist of 20 years who has a passion for living a simply creative life. She loves inspiring others to pick up a planner and get their lives organized, to clean out a closet and minimize their clutter, and to clean up their physical and mental space to lead their most fulfilled life. She is a wife, mom, and crazy dog lady who constantly rewatches The Office.



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