Monday, August 2, 2010

Only Gas & Groceries? Day One

So the kids and I added a little twist to our trip from Ashland, Oregon, to Auburn, California. While Dave stays home raking in the overtime, we thought we'd try not to spend any extra money beyond gas and groceries. Could we make a 300 mile drive without spending a dime?

The way out of town was hardest. I knew I wouldn't have access to Noble Coffee for over a week, and I had to really restrain myself from grabbing a creamy caramel latte. So I conjured up my own concoction -- definitely not as yummy -- and we hit the road.

Our first stop two hours in was Redding's Turtle Bay Museum/Aquarium.We're members of the International Association of Science & Technology Centers, so admission was free. So was the Wild Animal Show.After watching monarchs hatch and painted ladies land in the Butterfly Garden, we had our packed picnic at the Paul Bunyan Park.

A few more miles down I-5, we stopped to sample some treats at the Olive PitRees' fave was the smokey garlic.

Before pulling into my dad's driveway, we'd piled ourselves silly with library books (I still have my card from when I was a little girl).

It was a night of laughing with Erika and Ryan, and chasing around the eight ducks that Mac is raising. And of course, there were Legos. Lots and lots of Legos.

Total Cost for Day One: $0.00!!!


Lydia Kang said...

In this recession, that is an admirable goal. I don't think I would have as much willpower. But it does show that with a little effort, money is not necessary for making memories.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

What a great way to still have fun without spending money - museums and animals and libraries = big, big fun! :-)

Anonymous said...

Loved your post! It's amazing the fun one can have for no $$$$. Letting the kids in on the game was a great lesson for them also, plus it's so much healthier to pack lunches than fast foods.
Carol Moody

Jackee said...

That's an amazing strategy! Way to go! I need to take a leaf out of your book, Jennie.

And I love Auburn! My ILs live in Loomis, if you know that little town.

Have a great vacation!