Frugal Friday: On the road again

20 May

Happy Friday all! I am rolling back up to Charlotte today and not looking forward to the 11 hour drive. I am driving back from the west coast of Florida (recap coming soon!) and am excited for a new route to take but nervous since I’ve never come from this way. Maybe one of these days I will finally put out the money for a GPS? Until then, it’s Google Map directions all the way.

Am I the only person who still uses paper directions? Maybe I haven’t bought into the whole GPS thing is because I have a problem with authority and don’t like people telling me what to do?

Some tips for saving money while road tripping:

*Bring a lunch box with you. I like to bring one with one or two ice packs so I can bring drinks, yogurt and other perishable items

*Instead of buying snacks at gas stations, stock up before hand. I raided my parents cupboard before I drove to my sisters and snagged some trail mix, soda, fruit and granola bars.

Holy crap, my parents are hipsters and now organic!

*Check your local newspaper for deals. I found a coupon for a $19.99 Mani/Pedi comboo—unhead of!

So there was a catch with this deal.

The place was huge however it reeked of old people, Aqua Net and moth balls.

Seriously, this troll looking senior was off her rocker. She kept talking about how bunions ran in her family but she was blessed because she didn’t have any. From the look on her nail tech’s face, she was lying.

I was the youngest person in there so that boosted my ego for a few minutes until I sat down and figured out what the deal was with the cheap price. You can get a regular pedicure (the one with the $19.99 combo) or a spa pedicure. The spa pedicure is like a normal pedi–chair, hot water, bubbles and all. The regular? Not so much. Instead of going into one of the comfy chairs, they brought me a foot bath to soak my feet in. It’s all gravy b/c you would think that it would be plugged in so the water would be kept warm right? Negative. So my feet sat in the foot bath while the water quickly went cold. Nasty. WTF??
There was one lady who shelled out the extra $5 to get the spa pedicure and the other old ladies scowled at her since apparently, she was a big spender. I wish I would have followed her lead and spent the extra $5. At least I got my nails did and they looked good.

*Go to local thrift stores for new digs, books, knick knacks, etc. I went to a Habitat for Humanity thrift store on Thursday and found this Nine West purse for $1

Do I need another purse? Hell to the no but for as many purses that I have, I don’t have a plain black one. I think it’s $1 spent wisely.

*Itching to work out on vacation? Check out the gyms in the area you are going to visit. I belong to the YMCA and checked out the one in Florida and my membership allowed me to go 14 times at another branch outside of my metro area. I checked into LA Fitness which offers three day passes for free and Life Time Fitness offered a one day pass. I ended up not going to either one but Life Time Fitness was a bit pushy about me coming in. Homegirl slice is still emailing me and even offered to buy me lunch if I went in!

*Rely on the kindness of strangers. Ok, maybe everyone shouldn’t do this. But if you know me, I am a social bird and a talker. I often chat it up with strangers when out and I was at a bar the other night and a guy overhead I was from out of town and bought me a free drink. Score. Bonus points if they buy you a mixed drink on $1 beer night!

*Go to the local supermarket or discount score to get goodies for the ride back. I went to Big Lots on Wednesday night and got the following for under $7:

Hello Bear Granola! I haven’t tried this brand yet but it’s been on my list of must try’s

Happy savings!

What’s the longest road trip you’re made?

Anyone have any fun road trips planned for the summer?

11 Responses to “Frugal Friday: On the road again”

  1. Abby May 20, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    I’m actually going to write a post about my lack of directional sense, so I am joining your club with the paper directions. I don’t have GPS–in my car or in my head–and I obsessively check the stupid paper thing a million times while I’m driving (and still getting lost.) Plus, I don’t need anyone else yelling at me while I drive.

    Love the Big Lots, by the way. And I’m totally jealous of your parents’ pantry. If I relied on my mom’s, I would be traveling with hot dogs, something covered in cheese and coffee.

    I don’t do well with long road trips anyway. Anything more than three hours and I would need to be in the backseat of a minivan that had one of those videos to entertain toddlers.

  2. dianacheung May 20, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    11 hour drive…ugh did that to missouri…G and I almost broke up by the time we got back and I consumed 3 packages of chewy sweet tarts…I always crave sweets!! anyways, I am planning the long drive to denver next week….gahhhhh. And bTW what a great deal on the granola!

  3. Ashleigh May 20, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    Have a safe trip today! Even though I have GPS on my phone, I still print directions. Sometimes my GPS doesn’t pick up my location fast enough when I get lost so having paper directions is always easier for me.

    I can’t see your pictures for some reason 😦

  4. terri May 20, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    happy frugal friday! have a wonderfully safe trip and i still love mapquest. i do have the gps on my phone but i dont know, sometimes i get nervous!
    weekend road trips. i want to take a few smaller weekend get aways, instead of a long week, but no plans have been made so no idea where or when!
    longest road trip were the long drives to our summer home in the upper peninsula of michigan when i was a little girl. 14 + hours. oYe vay! i prefer to fly now!

  5. According to Gus May 20, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    My sister still uses paper directions. I tease her relentlessly about this, but I guess she’s not the only one who prefers paper over GPS!

    We have a major road trip planned for this summer and it will carry over into the fall. We cannot wait! Like you, we plan on packing lots of snacks and meals for the road!

    Safe travels back to Charlotte!

  6. vixter2010 May 20, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    Have a great journey back! I haven’t got a sat nav either so rely on paper but if I had a long trip like that I’d prob invest one so I wasn’t stressed the whole way, although you do hear about them sending you down dead-ends and such. I’m amazed that you drive 11 hours, America is so vast, I’d fly if I had to do that here 🙂
    Loving the nails!

  7. Alyssa May 20, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    11 HOURS.. whoooo! Alone, the longest road trip I’ve conquered is 8 hours to Hilton Head a few months ago. I’m a big treat-packer, too!

  8. Mindy@FSL May 20, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    HAHAHAH! Bunions! Gross.

  9. thehealthyapron May 20, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    The longest road trip I’ve ever taken was to Florida from Ohio when I was in high school…it was grueling. I’m not a big road trip kind of person. I hate sitting for too long! Great tips for how to keep health and budget savvy on the road! I always pack my own snacks and then some just in case of emergency!!

  10. Rach @ This Italian Family May 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    Cute lunch box! We totally bring snacks with us as well when we travel. Saves us $$ when we get the munchies on road trips!

  11. Monique May 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    Do you have an iPhone or Blackberry?! That’s how I get my directions, all paperless! And I’m way impressed you’re doing the 11 hr drive solo. J.D., Woodstock and I are making the 12 hour drive back to the Bay Area next week and are taking turns driving and sleeping. Not the dog of course, that would be silly. If I ever do the drive solo, I crash with friends in LA so it’s two 6 hour segments and not the solid 12. Safe travels!

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