I’ll be brief. It’s a very busy time of year for all of us.
If you are looking to capitalize on a travel bargain….whether it’s for Christmas or sometime in February, black Friday sales are a great time to buy. (Notice that I didn’t say “shop.”) It’s imperative to do your research in advance. Know what you want and be ready to buy. Bargains go quickly!! You’re definitely not the only one looking for a travel deal. It’s literally the busiest booking day of the year!
Here are 3 tips to help you nab a bargain, and avoid total disappointment.
1) Know exactly where you want to go. Narrow it down to 3 resorts, maximum.
2) Be ready to book on the spot. If you wait to think about it, or call to chat with your mom you just might miss the last 4 seats on the plane.
3) Passports & payment. Exact legal names & full payment are required to book.
Dollar store camping success stories… The tools in action!
There’s no point theorizing. If you don’t take it on the road, you don’t truly know. So… we went camping. Here are the things we bought from the dollar store/ Dollar Tree and how we rank them.
Paper plates: Huge win. Use, then burn in the campfire. You can have spiderman birthday plates, or 50th Anniversary. It does not matter. Theme your camping and feel extra special.
Re-usable plastic cups: 2 for $1. Big win. Think wine cup.
Cutlery multi-pack: Win. Much better than asking for extra cutlery with your baked potato at Wendy’s.
Cotton balls: Riley used them for sparking the fire, with his flint. Made him feel boy-scout-ish. So, personal win for Riley.
Deck of cards: Weak. Didn’t get used. However, I think if it were raining and the campground didn’t have WIFI it would have been a big hit.
Tablecloth: YES! So good. Picnic tables are old and beat up and have bird poop. Table cloth and you’re set!
Solar puck light: I could not believe how well this worked. We charged it in the sun on the car windshield as we drove. It glowed all night in the tent.
“Copper” bowl with handles: YES! Another great one. I cooked soup, water, and even sauted scallops and spinach over a camp fire. It held its shape. The handles were effective. WIN! $3
Oven mitts: We used them once. Could have used a towel instead. And while we could have used them to lift up the copper cooking bowl, we chose to lift it with a marshmallow stick threaded through both handles, because it was more fun. So oven mitts….waste of $3.
Tin foil: Yes, the rolls are fairly short for $1.25 but they were perfect for campfire cooking. A no-brainer. Grocery stores charge $3 or more for the same.
Bubbles: For blowing. Lame. I should have bought dish soap with that money instead. Maybe with toddlers, they would be a hit, but a fail with my teens.
Giant marshmallows. They were gross. You could’t even cook them thru. Fail.
All things considered, the Dollar Store/Dollar Tree had several things that were very useful for camping. If I could only take 5 things, or $10 worth, they would be: