New Contest ~ Inexpensive Getaways

August 6, 2012

in the generous life

My sweetie and I just had a little getaway.

My husband snagged a very good deal on a hotel stay on the Oregon coast (one of our favorite places) and we spent a few days unwinding on the beach and eating lots of clam chowder (another favorite, we like The Chowder Bowl’s chowder the best).

Combine my recent vacation with an itch to do another contest and you have ~

Please leave your inexpensive getaway ideas as a comment to this post. How do you cut costs? Where do you find less expensive fun? (Some of the best vacations for us have been the simplest and cheapest.) Share your ideas so that the rest of us can put those ideas to good use!

(definition for getaway: a break from your usual life that refreshes you individually and as a couple; it can be for an afternoon or much longer)

I’ll pick a random number on August the 27th and the poster on that spot will win a copy of the book of their choice from this page ~ Marriage Book Library.

Image credit © Natalia Bratslavsky | Dreamstime.com

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Ruth August 15, 2012 at 11:05 am

My hubby and I like to use our national trust membership to look at new places and to get out and about. The membership for the year is reasonable and we can go to as many places as we want. We also like to use groupon, voucher cloud etc for cheap date nights :-)

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Tawnya August 17, 2012 at 7:08 am

Since my husband and I have a shared goal of riding in a MS bike-a-thon in September, we go out cycling together. Sometimes we ride to a destination. The car ride provides a wonderful time to share our hearts and the bike ride enables us to contemplate what we have discussed.

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Anna Hogsett August 18, 2012 at 12:29 pm

My husband and I(or the kids too when we can’t give them to someone), grab our tents and a cooler full of sodas, water, and cheap foods. Then we head out to an 8 acre piece of land that we have been paying on for the past 5 years and play in the woods with our dog. There is a great swimming hole that is perfect for the kids and the dog. The weather is always cooler than in the city, so it’s perfect for unbearable sunny days. Most times, we even invite some friends to enjoy God’s work with us. It’s easy to sneak away for some real alone time as long as someone is watching the kids.

A roaring fire, sleeping bags, friends, and the stars are all you need for a grand ole time!

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Audrey August 23, 2012 at 3:40 am

For military wives, there is often an opportunity to go on a CREDO retreat with the base chapel. It’s a weekend away focusing on marriage from a Christian perspective, and…it’s FREE!! Definitely a great getaway for a great price.

Also, there are house swapping websites (kind of like in the movie “The Holiday”) where you can let someone use your home while you use theirs, so your lodging is free, and you have a kitchen to keep the meal costs down too. Pick from any number of amazing places to go! You could even do it with a friend in your same town so you don’t have to travel, but staying as if you were a tourist in your own town. Go see all the neat little places you’ve meant to visit but never have time for. Shop the cute shops, try out a new restaurant.

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Laura Kristoff August 23, 2012 at 7:42 am

Our getaway is in our own home because right now, every penny matters for us. Kiddo goes to stay with grandparents or an aunt for a couple nights and he gets a vacation with adventures. I plan special meals (but not so intensive that I spend all my time in the kitchen). Everything around the house is set aside unless it’s a hobby project. Hobby projects are okay as long as both of us are interested/excited to work on it for the weekend. And the biggest thing is that we do it together. Other things we pick are things we might do if we had a cabin to go to – card games, yahtzee, puzzles. Sometimes movies we don’t get to watch together because of the rush of life. He loves it because I pick the meals especially for him and feels like I take the time and effort make him feel special and appreciated. I love it because he’s able to focus on me (and we don’t have to feel guilty about it) and I get lots of snuggle and closeness time. It’s not the same as getting away, but it is a lot easier for us to arrange right now for lots of reasons. Works for us, for sure.

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Barbara August 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

we are about 2 hours from the coast and for the last three years my husband has treated me to a birthday getaway at a hotel there that normally costs 100+ a night but during off season it’s just 40.00. Last year we were strapped financially so while there we dined on pizza and sandwiches because the point of the trip is time away together, not fine dining. We spend two nights right before Christmas there and it forces me to relax and spend time focusing on him and me and us even in the crazy chaotic days leading up to Christmas. It has become a very special part of our married/initmate life.

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Joel Osborn August 6, 2014 at 3:19 am

We’ve found Choice Privileges club from Choice Hotels to be a great stretcher of dollars for overnights away. Often they have stay twice earn a free night. If it’s just one night away, we will grab a couple of subs (sandwiches) and bring our own beverages and snacks. The in room refrigerator and microwave make this very possible. Done right, we don’t leave the room from check in until check out the next day.

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Karen August 6, 2014 at 5:16 am

We are in a season in our lives where every penny must be saved and we have very little youngsters with no family nearby. So we trade services! If a family friend is going out of town for a week and needs us to look after their pets, we just ask that they pay us in an afternoon of babysitting. Afternoons are awesome times for us to get away together because meals are cheaper at restaurants, movies are less expensive, and you wouldn’t believe how much grocery shopping feels like a vacation without the littles in tow!!

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Nikki August 6, 2014 at 11:18 am

If it’s just an afternoon, we capitalize on our babysitting money and take a walking date. Walking past fancy houses (I love architecture) or to a popular chain gas station for Milkshakes or to ice cream store to use some freebies is one of my favorite cheap-dates. We’ve also been known to take board games to chain restaurants… thankfully we don’t live in a busy area.

If overnight we’ve saved by using online booking services to book a random hotel for $40 an hour away. Once there we can window shop or walk to restaurants we just don’t have in our town. We love walking.

If anniversary-special we saved by finding a B&B that considered our position. They offered a special discount to couples working in the full-time ministry.

The key was in the planning though – whether our in-home dates (weekly), date-night dates (monthly) or a night away (it’s been 3 years… but we’re saving for our 10th next year ;) ) it’s special and feels like a “getaway” if you can look forward to it, regardless of how much you spend financially.

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