October 18, 2012 | No Comments

Our family has been very careful with our spending recently due to the instability at Mr. Fix It’s job.  We are trusting God to provide for our family, but it is stressful time anyway.  Especially when we must consider how we would care for Josie without the health benefits that we now rely on.  We have put off a family vacation, knowing that we need some fun time away, but worried about spending much right now.

Last week, walking through our local Bass Pro Shop, we were approached about a trip to their timeshare in Branson.  Now, I know that many people have a bad opinion of trips like these, but after discussing it we decided that the short “timeshare tour” in exchange for a basically free trip would be worth the hassle.  So for $99, we bought a 3-day, 2-night Branson vacation where we will receive $150 in Bass Pro gift cards for attending the tour.

I started scouring the internet for activities. J-Bear was very insistent that the Baldknobbers Jamboree had to be part of our agenda and when I visited their website I found that Roy Clark would be playing at their theater during the time we’ll be there!  I LOVE Roy Clark, but the website said that tickets to both shows would cost my family $180+tax.  Yikes!  The Baldknobber show alone was only $69+tax.  I needed to call the theater to check on handicapped seating, and while I had them on the phone, I asked if there were any discounts or coupons available for the Roy Clark show.  I found out that there was a family price for Roy Clark of $69+tax that wasn’t listed on the website, and that they also had a $5 coupon available that would bring our total cost for both shows down to $128+tax ($52 savings!).

Of course, we will be going to Silver Dollar City.  We will probably be getting our tickets at ReserveBranson.com, where you can get a two-day ticket for the price of a one-day ticket at the park.  Since the “Come after 3pm, Next day free” deal doesn’t apply in November, this is probably going to be our cheapest option.  But I’m also going to “like” Silver Dollar City and Silver Dollar City MomsBlog on Facebook and watch for a bit to see if any great deals pop up.

When you are planning your next vacation, be sure to check websites and social media to find the best deals, and then call and speak to a real person to see if there are unadvertised deals you can take advantage of!  How do you save money on your family vacation?

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