Is your family doing any traveling this summer? If your kids are tagging along, you already know the cost of souvenirs they *need* along the way can easily add up. When we were traveling a few weeks ago, we gave each of our children $50 to spend on the trip (they “earned” it by memorizing this), but you can bet that $50 went fast.
My ten year old desperately wanted something “special” from New York, and after spending three days in the city was really struggling with how to save some of her money for other things along the way. With a $24 price tag on every t-shirt she saw, she was wise enough to know she didn't want to spend that much, but really wanted something to remember where she'd been!
So, while standing in Grand Central Station, I eyed the postcard rack and realized they were perfect. At a cost of $.35-$1, she could easily get a post card in each area we stopped in, and when she got home she just added them to a new photo album that she'll be able to keep as she gets older and add to as she travels. We wrote the year that we were there on the card, and I'm hoping that one day she'll look back and love seeing all the places she's been!
The best thing about this was that it gave her a target in each store we shopped at. Instead of spending an hour checking out all the stuffed animals, t-shirts, or pins in each store we visited, she made a bee line for those post cards, spent a few minutes finding just the one she loved, and had some control over her money. (I couldn't believe how much of a difference that made for her!) And, when wehit the last stop before heading home, she still had quite a bit of money left and was able to get a few extra things at Hershey Park. Success!
- Before you travel, make sure to plan your budget
- See my favorite frugal travel tip ever
- Check out ideas on how to keep your kiddos busy as you go
- When all else fails, find an Aldi
- Just for fun ~ see these great prices on produce in Chinatown, New York
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