A few months ago, my girlfriends and I decided that we needed to get away for a Girls Only Weekend. Of course, finances being tight for all of us, we couldn’t just run out and book one of those Girlfriends Getaway packages that are all over the ‘net these days.
Where We Stayed:
One of my girlfriends’ parents own a vacation (2nd home) cabin in NC and she offered to see if they’d allow us to spend the weekend there. We were all ecstatic when she said they were happy to let us sneak away to their haven. To say that we were grateful and excited is the understatement of the year.
Aside from accommodations, food is the 2nd biggest expense on a weekend getaway. Sometimes, it’s the most expensive. We kept food costs extremely minimal by each of us being responsible for bringing the supplies for, and preparing, one meal. Holy Cow! I don’t think I have ever been quite so well fed. By providing the group with one meal, each of us were able to go All Out in our planning and STILL manage to keep costs very reasonable.
**side note: 4 of us each brought enough coffee to last the entire weekend. Was it overkill? Not likely. 6 women + 1 house + 0 men + 0 children = LOTS of time for coffee and talking. YAY!**
Sometimes the getaway location itself will save you a TON of money. We were so far up on a mountain in the woods that none of us really wanted to leave to go sight seeing or souvenir shopping. Instead, we spent a lot of time talking, giggling, drinking coffee (and later wine), and just soaking up one another’s company. It was absolute heaven.
However, I happen to know ONE of us stopped at a farmer’s market between home and the cabin and got fabulous fruit and jams. I kicked myself all the way home for not following her lead.
By focusing on the reason we took the trip… time together to just be… we really minimized our expenses for the trip. Being with my friends… my Sisters… was really good for me. We talked and talked… and said nothing at all… and laughed and cried and hugged and and and… The memories are worth far more than anything I could have purchased, and will last much longer.
So now, we’re ready for the next one! Care to give us your ideas on another frugal vacation?