So we are going to California for the National Juvenile Arthritis Conference. We would have never been able to go, but we got a scholarship that is paying for more then half of our cost. We leave in just a couple of weeks. Money is extremely tight. We will be driving. We plan on taking a lot of food with us but I have a son who has a medical eating disorder. The only portable food he will eat cold is a Subway Sandwich (specifically a bacon sandwich with shredded cheese). So feeding hims has always been $$$. Our first 3 nights we are staying in a hotel where the conference is at. It has no amenities that does not cost additional money. We even have to pay for parking (but it was part of our scholarship). All of our breakfast is covered as part of the conference and I think one dinner. Other then that we are responsible for feeding ourselves. I am thinking of bringing our crock pot and heat food up in the room or maybe our rice cooker or something. Does that scream tightwad? oh well. I need some meal ideas. We are staying another three nights at a difference motel. Again, breakfast is included but this time all the amenities are included like parking, wifi, laundry room etc. Our friends gave us tickets to go to Disney land except we have to buy two children tickets. We are also going as part of the conference one night. So who has any ideas how to make this vacation fun for the kids yet on the shoe string.
This is the first time in 9 years we have gone away any where, before that we just went camping for 10 days. I have no problem with camping for a vacation so do not get me wrong. I really want to make this fun for the kids.
Oh I was going to say money got even tighter because my daughter has pneumonia. We are on week 3 as of today. She has had several visits costing us $75 a piece for co-pays, so it really ate into our money.