The first weeks report would have been pretty usual... packed lunches, painting, fishing picnic, doing my nails and hair etc. I wrote that up in my note book and am very happy seeing how the weeks are adding up!
Last week we were away most of the time.
Even though it is an expense going away I still count all the ways we saved. However I'm not sure how to add it up or what to include!
Firstly, I think holidays are really important. Even if it's a break for a couple of nights the change of scenery does you good. A holiday does not have to be expensive. There are so many options even camping. We choose to drive and prefer the seaside. One of our favourite places is Tumby Bay which is about six or seven hours drive from home. We go when it is quiet which is nicer and also the cabin we hire costs less. This saves about $100.
I love this. It suits me. No airports, no jet lag, no crowds, just the sound of the sea and the tide coming in and going out! Sea air and friendly locals...
Some of the ways we saved are things we always do, they are:
The night before we leave I make up rolls and a picnic that will be morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on the way. (saving $50 or so on lunch and snacks)
In the morning I make up a thermos of tea and one of coffee. (Saving $24 or so on drinks)
This is also much nicer. We can avoid road houses and stop in lovely places!
I also pack a basket of basics, tea, coffee, long life milk, cheeses, crackers etc. to take. I took Quince Paste I made and frozen stewed peaches for breakfast. This saves a lot as some of these things are twice the price in the country.
The first night our dinner was things I took. We had a platter of cheese, crackers, tomato etc and watched the sun set over the ocean.
Another night we just made toasted cheese sandwiches for an easy dinner.
One night we got dinner from the bakery. There is a lovely bakery there and that is so handy.
All of these saved on take away or going out.
We op shopped! The town has a lovely old style country op shop. Chloe had asked me to watch for curtains. I got her BLUE VELVET curtains, in lovely condition and that really thick beautiful old fashioned velvet. Also some frilly nylon curtains that she loved. Cost was $15. Value? At least a couple of hundred dollars.
Lucy was needing a baby gate for a doorway. They are normally around $80. I got one for $5!
I got Harper a book that had sparkles on each page. She is mad keen on anything sparkly. I don't know where she would have got that from?
Also some bone china cups and saucers...
And a cushion, pillowcases and quilt cover in soft pink and all covered with ribbon embroidery!
This is just gorgeous. There is meters and meters of this in the quilt cover.
We used a tourist book which had vouchers in it and got free coffees and drinks in various places around town.
I collected maps. Maps are great for card making, wrapping paper etc. I am going to wrap Dad's next present in a map of Tumby Bay since he was born there and loves it.
We had an op shopping day in a nearby town. That was really fun and I got pretty nighties for Kath in the nursing home, a lovely belt, a pretty cup and saucer, a lovely cut glass milk jug, vintage napkins with hand crochet edgings... and other stuff!
These were 20c each.
With travel time included I made a whole baby boy rug for a gift.
Andy fished on the beach in front of the house. He caught fish each day plus a few "big ones that got away". We came home with frozen fish that will give us dinner six nights. I would say he caught $60 worth of fish.
I "helped" fish too and took coffee to the beach etc and sat in the sun and wrote letters. My idea of bliss!
We are really lucky that we can always have a few nights at the farm as a way to get away and have a break. But we think a holiday does not need to mean a credit card debt or a loan that's for sure. We had a lovely time. It was relaxing and fun. We came home with great finds, something for everyone, and fish for the freezer.
Best of all I came home with lots of inspiration and ideas!
How were your savings?
What tips do you have for managing a little holiday or break of some kind that is refreshing but not budget blowing?
Something I notice is that planning a holiday is part of the fun and having it to look forward to is lovely as well.
Have a wonderful week! See you on Wednesday for some crafts.xxx