How to Save Money on Your March Break Getaway

March Break
How to Save Money on Your March Break

March Break is a great chance to get away from the sub zero winter we’ve been having for what now feels like forever.  March Break signals the beginning of spring and the end of winter which is the perfect opportunity to book a dreamy getaway. However, planning your March Break in advance is imperative if you don’t want to throw out your hard earned money without a second thought. So here are some tips on how you can save money during your March Break week events and still enjoy an unforgettable time:

1. Look for Last Minute Vacations – Although it may sound counterintuitive, booking in the last minute has its advantages. Many hotels have no stay restrictions right before March Break starts simply because they see how their rooms may remain empty. So they drop the prices in the last minute. You can save hundreds of dollars by waiting, but of course there is also the risk of your chosen resort being sold out. This option is best for people who are flexible when it comes to vacation destinations.

2. Stay Away From Popular Getaway Spots – The world has many wonderful places to see and it is incredible just how much you can save by staying away from those popular gateway hubs that jack up their prices every time there is a holiday. This March Break, choose a less-traveled getaway spot like a small town bed and breakfast, a downtown hotel or even a “staycation” at home.

3. Be Smart About Your Departure Date – With most people hustling to buy getaways to popular locations, airlines boost their ticket prices right before March Break begins. Keep more money in your pocket by leaving on Monday right when the week has already started. This is a really smart move and can save you a lot of money in transportation.

4. Bad Credit Loans – With so many people stigmatized by poor credit ratings, bad credit loans may be a solution if you are struggling to enjoy at least one free week this year. Secluded beach resorts or buzzing urban escapes are all waiting for you just around the corner. A bad credit loan can be a relatively good option compared to using your credit cards to fund your short getaway.

Saving money on your March Break getaway can be easy if you make smart decisions and get a little creative. The best strategy is to be flexible when it comes to the timing and destination of your vacation, and you’re sure to have a great end-of-winter getaway!

How Doing Arts and Crafts with Your Kids Can Save You Money

Arts and Crafts Can Save You Money
How Doing Arts and Crafts with Your Kids Can Save You Money

Doing arts and crafts with kids opens the doors to new communication channels and enhances the growth of wonderful relationships between children and parents. Arts and crafts develop the creativity and imaginative nature of children while enriching their spirit, as well as your connection with them. In addition to the bonding benefits of doing arts and crafts with your children, there are also other advantages that you may have never considered, such as saving money.

Here are just some of the ways having fun with your kids and making arts and crafts can save you money:

  • Create Handmade Gifts and Cards. Nothing is more special than a lovingly created handmade gift or card. If you’ve got an upcoming holiday, birthday or other special occasion, get your kids involved in making a homemade gift. Their involvement will depend on the age level of your child. For older children, get them involved in knitting, sewing, cooking, baking or more advanced crafting. For little ones, fold the cards, stick decorations to them, and write a message inside. Working together will be a special time and will give kids a new sense of importance as they know they have contributed to a special gift that doesn’t cost a lot of money.
  • Saves Money on After School Activities. Instead of paying for art lessons or craft workshops for your kids, set aside a special time each week to craft together. Each week you can teach your children a new craft skill or technique at home. Not only will you be teaching your child new lessons and skills, you will also be spending quality time with them that can’t be achieved through other types of extra-curricular activities.
  • Makes Unwanted Items Useful Again. Try making crafts with your kids that re-use items you already have at home, turning them into something you will actually use. You can re-fashion old cloths that don’t fit anymore, use old fabric to make tote bags, make your own school notebooks, and more! The key is to find things you would normally throw away and find creative ways to re-purpose them.

Doing arts and crafts with your kids can be a rewarding experience for both you and your children. Have fun, get creative, and save money while crafting!