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Keeping it frugal with the kids

January 23rd, 2013 at 07:40 pm

I was tempted to go to a train show this past weekend. Kids 12 and under were free, adults were $8.00. But when we read the flyer, it said there would be lots of booths with Thomas the Train stuff for sale, along with other train things. DH was the voice of reason and said we shouldn't go, because even though admission was only $16, the kids could pressure us into buying them things.

So we went to a park instead. And the kids had a lot of fun and never knew the difference, since I never told them we were thinking about a train show.

I do want my kids to experience things other than just parks...and they do. But really just for special occasions.

In less than 2 weeks we will be on our Disney Cruise...and that's a special occasion! I already pre-paid for our parking at the port and pre-paid our gratuities and a small amount for souvenirs in our onboard account. Our only expenses not yet covered will be gas to and from port, and some food for the drive.

7 Responses to “Keeping it frugal with the kids”

  1. PNW mom Says:

    Pre-paying the gratuities is the way to go...we did that on our last cruise and it was so nice not to have to worry about that at the end. Sounds like a great time! Are you going out of Galveston?

  2. Wino Says:

    I don't know if you have taken a cruise before, but one expense that you're going to have to pay are the gratuities for nearly everyone who works for the cruiseline. These fees are no longer even disguised as tips. They are added to your bill before you leave, and they add up to over $100 for a week. I don't remember the exact amount, but it was enough to put you over whatever budget you might have planned if you didn't account for them.

  3. Wino Says:

    Sorry... missed that you had pre-paid gratuities. Have a fun trip!

  4. texasdisneygirl Says:

    Yes, we are going out of Galveston. Smile

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    Interesting about the tips. I avoid those type of 'shows' since they are really just designed to get you to spend money. Glad you found something fun and free to do.

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    I am so excited for you for your cruise. Have a great time! Big Grin (Please post pics.)

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    It sounds like you made a good decision about the show. Little boys who love Thomas are hard to resist ... Smile

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