While staycations reached their peak popularity in the
aftermath of the 2007 financial crisis, they’re not out of style just yet. We
are big proponents of stay-at-home convenience because it’s a HUGE money saver.
In this article, you’ll find a few ways that will help you successfully plan
and save for family stay-cations that every member of the household will enjoy.
- Set rules for your stay-cation. Common rules include the following, but you
can make up your own rules as they suit you (i.e. Between the hours of 0900-2300, there are no
- Choose places that we have never been to before.
- Prepare one meal a day together, every day.
- Spend the night in your own house or at a
- Get the whole family involved in planning. If
you want to reinforce responsibilities, assign everyone a position of office.
While you or your spouse can act as President, allow one of the kids to take on
Treasury responsibilities (if old enough). Assign a role for each person and
make sure everyone is clear as to what those responsibilities are.
Then, have fun with planning! Have each
family member write down on a piece of paper a local place that they would like
to go to. Allow each family member to submit as many entries as you wish. Make
sure you moderate to ensure each place follows your rules, is located within a
suitable distance, and will accommodate your budget. Put all the pieces of
paper in your bingo spinner and allow each family member to draw one randomly. The
winning places will determine your agenda on any given day of the staycation!
- Reserve at least one day to turn one place on
your property house into something it usually isn’t. Some people choose to take
all the cushions off the couch, build forts/tents (or in my house, makeshift
pickup trucks!), and watch movies.
Others choose to pitch a tent in the backyard and have a family
bonfire/story session. I’ve even heard where some turn the bathroom into a
makeover hall. Have fun with it and worry about cleanup outside of the
- Have an aspiring photographer in your house?
Choose a few local locations to do a family photo shoot.
Remember, your stay-cation is about
making family memories, saving money, and enjoying the comfortable place you