Aruba Beach
Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 50
Like Tree67Likes

Thread: Best Money Saving Tips

  1. #1
    Super Moderator Jacki's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    5,832

    Best Money Saving Tips

    What are your best money saving tips for traveling with the family?

    For me, cooking a few nights during our stay saves me enough money to check out the restaurants I want to!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

  2. #2
    Aruba since 1979
    Moderator
    Andrea J.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    29,884
    when our son was young and still our "dependent " , often we'd bring his friend ben or sarah with us when we traveled to aruba and other destinations (we only have one child .)
    of course, being not wealthy , we had to follow a strict budget.

    we'd fly to aruba sometimes using the charters that tnt or gwv offered.
    that always helped with the bottom line.

    we'd prepare breakfast and lunch IN our timeshare. (usually easy things like cereal, fruit, sandwiches and salads..stuff that was easy to pack up and bring to the pool or beach.)

    we'd limit the bar purchases..boy those can add up. so we'd bring our own beverages.

    dinner, we tried not to skimp on aruba dining experiences and sometimes we'd order 6 or 7 appetizers for dinner and share between the 4 of us, or give the kids the option of take out pizza and burgers and then paul and i would go to a restaurant "alone". this was fine when the kids were teens and could be left alone.

    activities.......dear son kevin was big into scuba diving,wind surfing and horseback riding. so loads of $ was spent on that. often due to the costs of those activities we would have to sacrifice a few restaurant dinners and that was fine! after all, we do make sacrifices for our kids.

    it all worked out, no one suffered.

    the not so funny thing.......about 15 yrs ago i made a posting on one of the other forums of this same topic. a nasty reply was given by one of the members and she is still posting to this very day on that site, and other bulletin boards........the reply was and i paraphrase "if you have to count your pennies and scrimp you have no business going to aruba or any place nice." her reply was one of the reasons i love this forum so much. if she dared make a snotty snarky statement like that here, her sorry butt would be deleted.

    great topic jacki.

  3. #3
    Senior Member Pegmeister's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    West Deck in the afternoon
    Posts
    3,665
    Some of the best times are when we scrimp and save. What's better than a bite from a food truck. Just don't get people sometimes!

  4. #4
    Senior Member cpjones's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Eagle Beach, Glitz Casino, Manchebo Beach Resort
    Posts
    3,889
    Don't travel with a family..... but our favorite money saving tip is...... HAPPY HOUR.....!!!

  5. #5
    Senior Member Traceyd14's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Under a palapa on Palm beach
    Posts
    3,491
    We are budget travellers not because we have to but because we choose to be so we can do more throughout the year. Don't get me wrong, we aren't wealthy, but I saw a recent comment on another site similar to the one made to Andrea.
    I rely in the Internet for planning. We have a budget per day that I try to stick to so I will look at menus and prices before we go to get an idea of what we will do. If we are having a really nice dinner, we will cut back somewhere else that day. If we spend too much at a bar one day, it comes out of the next day's casino money. Little t u ings like that keep us on track.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

  6. #6
    Senior Member brady bear's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Posts
    1,730
    When we travel and the hotel does not offer free breakfast.. I will get cereal, donuts or what ever for the kids
    Bring my own coffee.
    For lunch we will buy some cold cuts, chips and snacks ... dinner since I am a petite person I will take part of my husband's dinner
    Do like the app. idea.
    Cathi

  7. #7
    Senior Member act1966's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    In the pool.
    Posts
    2,481
    We really like "low" season... Everything is less crowded and the villa rentals are almost half the price. We barbecue A LOT on nights we aren't going out. I'll bet we spend half the money in low season compared to Jan/Feb.

  8. #8
    Senior Member WaltVB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Scott's Brats, Iguana Joes, Surf Club
    Posts
    2,749
    We bring our own booze and food for snacks by the pool and cheap drinks from the room. Our number one savings was waiting until the kids were adults so they could pay for themselves. Also for every nice dinner at a place like Barefoot, we will have a small meal in the room, usually leftovers from a previous meal.

  9. #9
    Senior Member cpjones's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Eagle Beach, Glitz Casino, Manchebo Beach Resort
    Posts
    3,889
    Quote Originally Posted by brady bear View Post
    ... dinner since I am a petite person I will take part of my husband's dinner .....
    Poor guy.... that must keep him petite too!

  10. #10
    Aruba since 1979
    Moderator
    Andrea J.'s Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Posts
    29,884
    hahahahaha
    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Poor guy.... that must keep him petite too!

Page 1 of 5 123 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO