Living in Metro Atlanta presents lots of opportunities to take short vacations, especially if you have children in the public school system. The varying school systems in the metro area, have Fall break, Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Winter Break, Spring Break, as well as other days off which make 3 day weekends. Time is available for families to travel, but although there is time, there might not always be money. Here are some tips for affordable travel:
Megabus leaves from Atlanta to about 30 destinations, but it is even possible to take connecting buses all the way to Canada if you like. The buses are comfortable, they have wifi, and you can even reserve seats with a table. A money-saving tip for riding on Megabus is to buy your tickets early. Months in advance if you can. The ticket prices are super cheap, if you buy them super early. For example, a family of four can travel from Atlanta to Chicago for $200 or New Orleans for $156.00, if the tickets are bought two months in advance. THAT’S THE WHOLE FAMILY, NOT PER PERSON!!!
Frontier Airlines is another means of travel that is super cheap if you buy tickets super early. Since many of the school breaks that occur in Atlanta are at off holiday season times, it is easy for a family to get great deals on flight tickets. Frontier flys all over the USA from Atlanta. Money-saving tips for flying Frontier is to manage your clothing and luggage. Underpack. If you can squeeze your clothes into a backpack or briefcase, that counts as a personal item, and there is not baggage fee for that. If you absolutely must pack a full bag, squeeze the whole family’s items into one checked bag. To save even more money, join their Den Deals Club. It’s just $50 per year, and one membership can save up on up to 6 tickets on the same purchase. Lastly, don’t pay extra for insurance or reserving seats. Also be aware that they do not give away free drinks and snacks. Be prepared to go without or to purchase them.
Once you get to the city you can Uber or Lyft it to your hotel, so that you don’t have to rent a car. However, if you prefer to rent a car, through Hotwire. Hot rate cars offer the best deals. Hotwire can also be used to get a hotel room. A money-saving tip is to always reserve about 2.5 star hotels because they usually come with a free breakfast. Who doesn’t want to save on the price of a family meal while on a getaway. It makes room in the budget for more exciting activities. If you aren’t sure, just check out what the room provides for free to get the best deal. You want to look for free parking, free internet & free breakfast to get the best bang for your buck.
When choosing a family getaway destination, you can save more money if the choose a location which has lots of built in free activities. Such as Washington, D.C. which has all the Smithsonian Museums for free, which include the National Zoo too. Chicago also has lots of free attractions. Of course, the beach offers free fun & National Parks offer inexpensive fun. Do your research for free fun at your getaway place.
Be sure to try to find places to eat that are away from the tourist area. Instead being dazzled by fancy restaurants in the tourist area, look for a pizza joint or a Chinese restaurant. These are two places, which offer family friendly prices, especially if they are not in the tourist part of town.
If you want to take a road trip for your getaways, here’s a series to give you some great ideas! Whatever method you choose to get away, just remember that time with family is affordable and necessary. A little planning ahead save you a bundle.
I love Kroger because it customizes it inventory to fit the neighborhood in which it lives. So if your Kroger is in Southwest Atlanta, expect plenty enough greens and Chitterlings (yuck) at holiday time. If your Kroger is in Toco Hills expect plenty of challah bread and gefilte fish. I know that these are generalizations, but it is a reality that Atlantans gather in neighborhoods based on culture, race, religion, and so forth. Kroger seems to be well aware of what its customers want, and I love that about them.
Well, two months ago I discovered another reason why I love Kroger. My Kroger Plus card, which I use religiously, tracked my purchases and Kroger sent me RELEVANT coupons in the mail. Kroger collected data about me, and how I shop and sent me coupons for things I actually buy. I LOVE THAT!!!
Not to mention how my spending is tracked through the card and gives me fuel points to use for gas. Every 100 point I receive equals a $.10 off of per gallon of my gas. And we all know that Atlantans use a bunch of GAS!
So I highly recommend getting a Kroger Plus card for when you shop at Kroger.
There are two months out of the year that offer the most radical sales and deep clearance. Those are August and February. Yes, it’s great to shop online for convenience, but when it comes to deeply discounted merchandise, walking in to shop is where it’s at. Look out for those 70% off, additional 20% off and other insanely discounted prices!
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta reopened Winter 2016 and the new museum is a child’s wonderland! It is a place where a child can find what excites her and play there all day!
There is a traveling exhibit: Mystery of
the Mayan Medallion. It will run through May 31, 2016. It’s a great exhibit with many Mayan discoveries, symbols, and ways of life. This exhibit is great for an older child who is about 7-10 years old.
A favorite and well-visited is the Waffle House kitchen & diner area. Children in Chef’s aprons are all around bustling, slinging orders, pouring coffee, making bacon sandwiches, and adults linger in the booths (to catch a rest) getting served their meals. It is a busy location at the museum.
Right next door is the Grocery store with loading dock and conveyer belt.
It’s a great for kids to play with parents & alone!
This museum is FREE the Second Tuesday of the Monday thanks to Target! If your child really loves it, memberships are available too!
Enjoy FREE Spring Festivals all Around Metro Atlanta
Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival -April 2nd & 3rd, 2016. 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road.
Dogwood Festival – April 8, 9, 10, 2016. Piedmont Park
Sandy Arts a Palooka – April 16-17, 2016. 6100 Lake Forrest Drive NE Sandy Springs, GA
Inman Park Festival – April 30 – May 1, 2016. Elizabeth @ Waverly Way Edgewood @ Waddell Street
Inman Park Festival – April 30 – May 1, 2016. Elizabeth @ Waverly Way Edgewood @ Waddell Street Alta @ Euclid Avenue
Chastain Park Arts Festival – May 7th & 8th, 2016. 4469 Stella Dr NW, Atlanta, GA
Bare Foot in the Park – May 7th & 8th, 2016. Buford Town Park, 2200 Buford Drive, Buford, GA
Taste of Alpharetta – May 12th, 2016. Downtown Alpharetta, GA 2 South Main Street Alpharetta, GA
Decatur Arts Festival – May 28 & May 29th, 2016. Downtown Decatur, GA