Travel: Ways to Save During Spring Break Vacation

Each year families spend thousands of dollars on vacations, keeping us all stressing over our budget or just skipping vacations all together! Average per night hotels cost in the range of $150-$300 and during holidays or peak travel times, such as Spring Break, you may pay more than double for your daily stay! With a family of 6, this is just not in our budget! Finding new ways to save is a must have for us and with these tips I know you will save hundreds of dollars on your next vacation too!

Pick Different Destinations– Each year for spring break families and college students want to hit the beach to get in the sun and have a good time! The problem with this is, everyone wants to do this, creating a busier atmosphere but also allowing hotels, restaurants and entertainment facilities the ability to increase their prices due to the demand! So look at other great destination locations such as Gatlingburg for instance, that are great for you and your family! Check Groupon for super hot deals on lodging, places like the Gatlinburg Rocky Waters Motor Inns have deals for just $32 a night. Check local restaurants and rest areas for savings books as well! We found hundreds of places that had great coupons that helped my family save big! There are plenty of places to visit such as Dollywood, Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Dixie Stampede just to name a few that offer great savings in these coupon books! These are places that are sure to entertain your whole family and since your saving so much on your hotel stay you’ll be able to enjoy more activities and entertainment without breaking the bank!

Take a Road Trip- Air fare can get quite expensive, especially for a larger family. So skip the flight, fill up the tank and hit the road! Road trips are very low cost for the fact that gas is less expensive than multiple plane tickets but it allows you a little more freedom for your destinations. Yes it will take you longer to get there, but find places along the way that you would like to visit to make the most of your trip! You get the flexibility to visit several places, see more and spend less than flying!

Go Camping– Camping is one of my kiddos favorite things to do. We load up the car with our favorite camping gear; tent, sleeping bags, coolers, food, drinks, flashlights, first aid kit and so on! Find a campsite within a hour or so from our home, which on average cost about $25 a night to rent and pitch our tent! We can have a camp fire, tell ghost stories, go hiking, fishing or just enjoy nature! This will be a great experience for your whole family and be extremely easy on your pocket book!

Plan a Stay-cation– This is one of the best ways to save money if that is what you are looking to do this spring vacation! You can spend very little to no money if you want or you can save big on hotel and travel costs by staying home but visit all the great places in your hometown! There are so many places to visit in your own town that you may have never even seen or visited! I have lived in Cincinnati for my entire life and just visited places recently that I had no idea were here! We have several parks that are great to visit such as Eden Park, Sawyer Point, and Winton Woods just to name a few! We also have great places such as The Web Entertainment, Get Air and Newport Aquarium that the whole family will enjoy! Plan a day to take family pictures, host a scavenger hunt or an obstacle course in your backyard! Make the most of your time with your family whether  it is Disney vacation or a backyard camp out, your kiddos will only remember what you did, how much fun you had and the time you spent with them, not how much it cost!

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How to Use Groupon Coupons for Your Holiday Shopping


If you are anything like me, I spend hours upon hours hunting down the best deals for my very, very long list of gifts I need to purchase for the holidays. Checking multiple sites and scanning every app to find any savings I can! The less I spend on one item, means more items I can purchase or more I can spend on a larger purchase! Groupon

One place that I recently started finding great savings from is Groupon. I have always used Groupon in the past for savings on local attractions, a night out on the town or a larger gift at a deep discount! But Groupon also offers coupons to more than 9,000 retailers you already use! New coupons are added daily and with 70,000 + coupons, you will be sure to find great savings!

At Groupon Coupons, there’s no need to spend anything right away. All coupons are 100% free to use and many deals are exclusive to Groupon Coupons! Top stores right now are Office Depot (great for holiday shopping), Sam’s Club (good for Thanksgiving dinner), Travelocity (for trips to visit family for the holidays), and Harry and David (great holiday gift baskets for any time of year). Not to mention Target, American Eagle, Kohl’s, Walgreens and the list goes on.

Using the coupons on Groupon are easy! Simply find the retailer you want to find a coupon for, search through their coupons and see what you want to save on! Click on the coupon and you will see a option to click on if this particular coupon is available for in-store or online.

If it is in-store then you will get a pop up box that will give you a coupon to print and take directly to your local store.

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If you want to use it online, it will have a pop up box as well with a promo code to use during your online check out! So double the savings, with either option!

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Cincinnati Groupon Deal: Water Park Admission, Zip Line Passes, & Sodas for 2/4 at The Beach

WaterPark Beach Groupon Deal
Groupon is always sharing great deals for your local hometown favorite hot spots or find something to do while you are out on vacation! Check out this great deal from The Beach WaterPark in Cincinnati– who doesn’t love a good time soaking in some sun and hitting the water!

Choose Between Two Options

  • $33for a water-park thrills package for two ($79.96value)
  • $66for a water-park thrills package for four ($159.92value)

Each package includes the following per person:

  • Water park admission
  • Zip line pass
  • One soda

The Beach

When you think of Cincinnati, you might not imagine live palm trees, white ocean sands, and tumbling waterfalls, but all of those sights can be found throughout The Beach’s water park. With more than 40 different slides and attractions intended for guests of all ages and interests, the park provides entire days’ worth of sun-soaked leisure and excitement. Here are a handful of the available attractions:

Water Slides

  • Big Kahuna: This water slide plunges riders through 500 feet of fast-paced twists, turns, and drops, and a final drop down one last hill into a pool.
  • The Cliff: Five stories. Three seconds. That’s the power of gravity, which makes this slide the closest thing to a controlled free fall in the entire water park.
  • Hang Ten: This completely enclosed slide sends guests on a blind ride through the twists and turns with only the occasional bit of starbursts before the final splashdown.
  • Click here to see even more thrill rides.

Sites to Relax

  • Kokomo Lazy River: Inner tubes float with a gentle current along this 1,200-foot loop, which winds throughout the park and gives visitors a chance to enjoy the sunshine as well as the views.
  • Paradise Cove: Sculpted rock formations, verdant palm trees, and soothing waterfalls surround the cove’s central pool, which is heated to 80 degrees. There’s always the option to simply sunbathe on one of the lounge chairs.
  • Rental Cabanas: Accommodating up to eight people, these shady cabanas provide an ideal base camp for groups looking to duck out of the heat for a bit.
  • Click here to read about all of the available options.

Group Activities

  • High Tide Hoops: Families or small groups can perfect their slam dunks and fadeaway jump shots in this shallow pool’s basketball court.
  • Big Surf Wave Pool: Recreating the vibe of a tropical beach, this wave pool routinely sends 750,000 gallons of heated water careening toward the shore—spectators can safely watch from the shade of a cozy cabana.
  • Sand Volleyball: Returning to the land, guest can take to the sandy volleyball courts to dry off and practice their bumping, setting, and spiking skills.
Expires Jul 19th, 2015. Limit 6 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Parking not included. Not valid on Memorial Day, Labor Day, or during special events. Not valid for birthday parties or groups. Not valid with other offers. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Ways To Save: Keep Track of Your Online Daily Deal Purchases

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