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    My Wife and I usually wind up spending about $2800 per trip. Sometimes more. We figure about 100-180 for dinners and about 100 or so a day drinks. Keep in mind this when we go All inclusive. This trip we aren't so we are looking at about 3000. That's for 9 days. Yes it's a bit much but worth every penny.

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    Thanks for the insight. We will adjust accordingly.

    We plan on packing some stuff to take over. Not sure about the meats though...I read somewhere that people put coolers in their luggage...I am afraid to do that. Plus I take alot of stuff on vacation and I am sure the meat will take me over the luggage limit
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    $1,000.00 per person sounds about right for a week if you don't plan on gambling. As has been said, drinks can add up pretty fast. Since you are staying at La Cabana, I would suggest going to the supermarket and stock up on your favorite beer/liquor and make your own drinks for the pool/beach. Since there is going to be 6 of you going, I would either bring a cooler with you or buy a strofoam cooler at the market.

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    I would say $250 per day per person. ($150 for food and $100 for drinks) I would also bring $500-$750 for entertainment and activities (Jets skiing, para sailing, scuba, casino, etc...) and definitely rent a Jeep (About $375 per week) to explore the island the way it should be seen!

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    sunlover, its hard to say, are you all drinkers, do you plan on differnet tours, snorkel, sunset sail, a spa treatment?

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    I like to have $500 per day walking around money for the two of us plus another $500 per night for the casino. Not included in that is cost of rental jeep for the week plus I have another stash for leaving/returning expenses i.e. parking at airport, refreshments at airport etc.

    That being said, I think that amount is excessive but I would rather have too much than too little. We also do not hit a lot of happy hours; most of our drinks are at the house with bought/brought alcohol.

    From what you wrote, $2000 would be enough so take three.

    By the way, can you even check into a hotel w/o a credit card? You may want to be sure before you go.
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    Oops I see that you already checked into the credit card thing. Guess I should have read all of the posts from Wed. before I replied.
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    Ling & Sons has a good selection of Beer and Wine and stuff you can get for breakfast/lunch.. All of the resorts have happy hours. Eat dinner out as Aruba is noted for great food. So just depends what you eat and drink and where.
    Hit happy hour at resorts or your room before going to dinner. Yes, drinks can be expensive if getting fancy drinks with dinner.
    >>>> "We do have a debit card though."
    ==== WARNING: DO NOT use a Debit Card except to get cash at a Bank ATM machine. Most restaurants will take American Express Travel Checks for payment. Casinos will cash for players.
    Your hotel may require a card so there may be OK using a Debit.
    In Aruba on many of the Aruban BB's you heard where someone's card # is used after they use their card. Yes you protest and the charge is removed but with a Debit the $$$ comes right out of your checking. How may days does it take to recover your $$$ with your card.
    Last edited by TomFrederick; 02-25-2010 at 12:55 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle dave View Post
    I like to have $500 per day walking around money for the two of us plus another $500 per night for the casino. Not included in that is cost of rental jeep for the week plus I have another stash for leaving/returning expenses i.e. parking at airport, refreshments at airport etc.

    That being said, I think that amount is excessive but I would rather have too much than too little.
    I pretty much agree with Uncle Dave's budgeting, and the idea of erring on the side of having too much rather than too little. It's vacation and you should indulge in what you want to do without worrying about whether you budgeted enough.

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    You might want to consider traveler's checks as opposed to your debit card. Wouldn't want anyone to get into your bank info. You can cash them for free at the casinos. Yes Aruba is expensive for food & drink. We get groceries and drinks at the market, eat in for breakfast and lunch then go out for a nice dinner. DH pays so I think 150-200 per day would be a good guess, then add on the activities............ but hey, it's Aruba!!!

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