Our frugal family recently spent 2 glorious days in Munising, Michigan on a mini-vacation. We stayed at a very inexpensive but thoroughly lovely motel, The Terrace. It is tucked away from the highway and maddening crowd next to a beautifully treed ridge. It features a game room, sauna and kitchen in a separate building, a fire pit and bench near a swing set for the kiddies. Our “room” was actually two separate bedrooms which is nice when the kids want to watch their own shows. Because I love retreating from the world even on a mini-vacation, I was thrilled to see no phone in the room. There were TWO fold out couches so we could have piled in more people and we may do that at a later date. All this for the price of $36.15 a night. No, I’m not kidding and that is not a typo. There are some slaves to hotel chains who might put their noses up at the fact that there were no little shampoos, only bars of soap and no little coffee pots in the room or continental breakfast, but personally I think you pay so much more for very little real value at these big chains particularly on mini vacation where you don’t want to hang out in your motel.
Ok, now we saved money on the motel, but it didn’t stop there. We visited the local Thrift Store and it was bag day. For $3.50 I filled that bag with name brand men’s shorts for my wonderful boyfriend, two dresses for my little girl, a swimsuit for me, a trendy blouse for my college student, and two graphic Spiderman button up shirts for my son. I also dug through the 10cent bin and found a Pink Floyd tape still in the wrapper and a Holly Hobby deck of cards that had never been opened. We played cribbage with the cards later in the evening in the game room. Then it was off to make s’mores by the fire-pit.
So there you have it. My first mini-vacation of the summer and we had lots of fun. There will pics too as soon as I figure how to put them on here.