- I booked a motel room to stay in during my son’s two-day college orientation next month. He stays for free in a dorm, (ha, not really free at all!) but I needed a place for little ol’ me. I spent some time clicking around AirBnB, HomeAway, Priceline, TripAdvisor and such and finally chose a place. My son’s college is in adorable Ashland, home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and more cutesy-wutesy than the Dionne quintuplets. (Like my timely reference?) However . . . this means that the hotels are expensive. We stayed in a nearby untrendy town last year, but the 30+ minute drive added up. I went ahead and booked a non-fancy, but recommended motel (with kitchenette!) that’s almost on campus. I’d planned on staying three nights since I didn’t relish a five hour drive at the end of an orientation day, but we need our money for tuition, not motel stays! To make the most of any discounts I booked through eBates –> Priceline, making sure to compare the price of booking directly with the motel. (I always pat myself on the back when I remember to use eBates!) This may sound like a pain in the tuchus, but I saved $20+ per night. Plus . . . kitchenette!
- I plan on being deliberate and judicious about bringing our own food and drinks on this trip. Hello . . . rest stop picnics and thermos coffee breaks!
- I worked the past two days and brought my lunch and drank the crappy free coffee instead of walking down to one of the hospital’s cafes for a lovely latté.
- I stopped by The Grocery Outlet the other day and stocked up on 33¢ packages of organic angel hair pasta, $1.50 boxes of Luna bars and 3/$1 fancy yogurts. Man, do I love that store!
- I didn’t buy a Lear Jet.
Now your turn, What frugal things have you been up to?
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