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Trip is Coming Along

February 23rd, 2015 at 03:36 pm

Really started finalizing our summer vacation.

We are going to Yellowstone, and I've been stressing about syncing up flight, rental car, camp reservations, etc. It was a lot harder than I thought, especially since we are going during the busy season.

I paid our deposit and locked in our camping spot.

I reserved the rental car. It ended up being $600 which is kind of stinky. I originally thought it would be $400 but they tacked on $200 for us being under 25. But I am a bit relived to have it reserved, because when I went to reserve it last week the price had jumped up to close to $1,500!!

Now the price is locked in. I will continue to monitor it, and if it goes down anymore I will snag it cheaper.

All that is left to book is the flights. Hopefully tonight, but I have to pay for those up front, so I want to wait until husband is home.

This weekend we are going shopping for a tent, and camping gear for our big excursion. It's going to be fun!

So far the flight + car is right at $1,000. The campground for the week is another $130. Leaving us $370 remaining of our trip budget. Gas will be another $150-$200. That isn't going to leave us much wiggle room. The only other thing we will have to buy is souvenirs, and food, and we will have our normal grocery budget for that week as well. So I think it will be okay. We are splurging a bit since this is our first real vacation as a married couple, if we go over a little it's not a huge deal.

We are not counting our tent, supplies, etc as part of the budget. We both enjoy camping, and needed to buy those things anyway. We will get a lot of use out of them in the years to come.

10 Responses to “Trip is Coming Along”

  1. scottish girl Says:

    I had to google Yellowstone, it looks lovely. You sound really organised.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Glad you know you can keep checking rental car prices and change without recourse if needed. I haven't been to Yellowstone, but would love to.

  3. klarose Says:

    I'm assuming you aren't from USA, Scottish Girl. Wink
    Yellowstone is beautiful. I've been before, but husband has not. Probably one of the best locations in America. I'm excited to go back.

  4. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Your trip sounds lovely! Enjoy.

  5. snafu Says:

    I don't know if you and DH are experienced campers. You may benefit from sharing your planned purchases list here so that others can point out items and brand names or savings pointers. If you have family & friends who like camping you might borrow some gizmos to see if you like them - or not. I've found it cost effective to by some equipment from 'Army Surplus,' catalogues or Sears. The specialized camping outlets have wonderful merchandise but oh so expensive for products used for so few days of the year even when spread out for a number of years.

  6. chloe Says:

    I am jealous you're going to Yellowstone. So beautiful! How long will you be there? How much of the park will you get to see?

  7. Kiki Says:

    Do you have the AAA membership card?

    With their card most rental places will waive the under 25 payment. If you have the card call and ask and if you don't have the card consider buying a membership.
    If gives LOTS of discounts every where. Start showing it when ever you purchase something. Sometime theater chains offer discounts. I more than make up the difference in savings for the cost (and peace of mind) of the card.

  8. klarose Says:

    Good idea Snafu! I will post our plans soon. We go to the biggest stores to window shop, then we go home and order online from cheapest places. Smile This definitely isn't our first camping trip, but it is the longest. We are going for 9 days. Flying there, then renting a car and driving home, also passing through SD, and seeing the Badlands, Black Hills, and Mt. Rushmore.

    We do have some camping equipment already, and my parents have a lot that we could borrow. (We used to go camping frequently.) But we are trying to buy our own for most of it, just so we can have it for future trips.

    We don't have an AAA membership, but I did ask if there was anything I could do to waive the fee, and they said no. Something to do with insurance, out of their control. I did get to use my Sam's Card to get a 25% discount.

  9. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I've never been to Yellowstone, but would like to someday. Sounds like a great trip!

  10. LuckyRobin Says:

    I went to Yellowstone when I was 11. It still stands out very vividly in my memories.

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