Monday, June 10

Pre Vacation Cost $285 for $685.40 Worth ($400+ Savings)

Since this is our vacation week I have some posts already set up to go. I may try to get some current pictures up of our vacation through the week... but it's our vacation, so that may have to wait til next week ;-)

This is a breakdown of what we have already spent for our vacation week in the Monroe City/Hannibal MO and Quincy/Barry IL area.  We have spent $285 so far towards our vacation. The worth of what we've gotten with that $285 translates into $685.40 of vacation dollars- paper money, gift cards, vouchers or certificates to be used during our vacation. That's an average of $62% savings. However, much of this is meant to spent with additional money (namely the restaurant certificates we know we will be spending additional on the meals). We also know we will be spending another $70+ out of pocket for our Mark Twain Landing day. Even so, we are still looking at $400.40 of savings total by planing ahead and watching for deals before our vacation. Pretty darn awesome =)

Cash/Visa ($50 for $100)

$50 of this is money I put aside for vacation in case we ran into some place where cards wouldn't work or didn't take anything but cash.
$25 came from checks from using two different rebate/cash back sites.
$25 Visa Gift Card for winning the IXL FB Photo Contest, along with some other goodies for the kiddos.

GAS ($35 for $100)

$10 at MyPoints for $50 BP Gas Gift Card to use during vacation.
$25 at MyPoints for $50 BP Gas Gift Card to use during vacation.

Very happy to have this $100 towards gas! I did a very basic mapquest to get an idea of what gas we would spend if we just went form town to town as we expect to atm (columbia to monroe to hannibal back to monroe to quincy, etc...) not including any of our planned stops or anything, just town to town. The projected gas cost was over $80, and we are planning at least one driving tour! So I'm really glad to have these cards that we will have spent 1/3rd the cost on that first $100 spent on gas.

Eating Out ($81 for $150.40)

Lunch/Dinner
$0 Promotion at restaurants.com for $25 at The Main Course in Quincy
$18 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $25 at TGIF in Quincy Mall
$4 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $10 at Copper Pot Sweet Shop in Barry
$7 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $10 Gabrielle's Mexican Restaurant, Hannibal
$7 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $10 Gabrielle's Mexican Restaurant, Hannibal

Coffee
$5 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $10 at Washington Perk in Quincy
$4 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $10 at Washington Perk in Quincy
$15 through online auction for $20.40 for use at any Starbucks

Treats
$7 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $10 at Chocolaterie Stam in Hannibal
$7 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $10 at Chocolaterie Stam in Hannibal
$7 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $10 at TCBY in Quincy

Retail ($54 for $185)

General
$10 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $25 at Down the Playce in Quincy Mall
$4 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $10 at Always In Style Boutique in Hannibal
$2 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $5 at Jenelle's Closet in Barry
$10 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $25 at Ruthies Blackberry Run in Barry
$10 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $25 at Barry Thrift Shop in Barry
$0 Promotion $25 for use at any Walgreens
$0 Promotion $25 for use at any Walgreens

Wine
$10 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net $25 for Village Vineyard Wine at Quincy HyVee
$8 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net $20 for Clover Family Wine at Quincy HyVee

Activities ($65 for $150)

$15 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $20 at Scottie's Fun Spot in Quincy
$15 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $20 at Scottie's Fun Spot in Quincy
$15 at quincy.bigdealsmedia.net for $20 at Scottie's Fun Spot in Quincy
$0 Promotion Upass 1 Free Adult Museum Admission, our value around $15
$0 Gift for $25 AMC gift card will use at AMC Theaters in Quincy Mall
$20 at groupon.com for $50 Mark Twain Museums Membership in Hannibal

In Addition to the Above Places We also Plan(ned) 

Tristian's Bday Party for his birthday, Saturday June 8th in the Monroe City Park.
A day at The Mark Twain Landing (water park, like Big Surf) right outside Monroe.
Several free events including Hannibal Art Fair, Blue in the District and Music Under the Stars.
Father's Day Quincy Regional Airport's Fly In Breakfast.
Picnic and tour of Starlight Alpaca Ranch in New London (my Dad's hometown).
Hannibal driving and hiking tours, scavenger hunts, and a picnic in the park.

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