|The kids with their Great Grandma!|
|Anna eating cherries with her Great Grandpa!|
|"Driving" Grandpa's John Deere!|
|Meeting up with old friends in Albuquerque!|
We spent one night on our return trip in a hotel, where Anna enjoyed swimming in their pool. The hotels in the area cost more than we had hoped, but our other budgeting efforts helped us stay under budget.
We budgeted $200 for our trip, including fuel, lodging, food, and toys/activities for the kids. We ended up spending 177.50! A gift toward gas money helped us stay within our budget, as well as the hospitality of our family and friends with meals and lodging.
Other ways we saved:
We borrowed a DVD player from a friend, which greatly helped on the long car ride.
I bought a few toys and treats at the Dollar Tree to entertain and keep our little ones busy. A new dollar pony toy kept Anna busy for hours!
We borrowed some wonderful activity games from friends who have previously traveled with little ones.
I made a "gourmet" dinner on our last night at the hotel with $10 of ingredients from the local Dollar General, instead of spending money on eating out at a restaurant. I also packed lunches for the car rides.
Thank you to everyone who helped make our trip possible!