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1 Tank of Gas + 2 Coolers of Food = 12 Hours of Awesome

By Just Heather |

On Monday, my best friend and I took our families to the beach. Kinda.

We spent the afternoon on Lake Michigan, right here in Indiana — complete with sand, sun, and seagulls. The girls’ minds were completely blown that we were going to the beach but not spending the night. Lorelai kept asking why no one packed her pajamas.

We were away for around 12 hours total — long enough to come home with happy, exhausted children, but not so long that we spent a lot of money.

We picnicked on the beach for lunch and grilled burgers for dinner. The girls swam, played in the sand, and rolled down the sand dunes.

Oh, the sand! (“There is beach sand here, Mommy!”)

We had it everywhere — in our shoes, in our bags, and all over everyone. The amount of sand I scrubbed out of the kids’ hair that night could have built a sandcastle. But, they had so. much. fun.

For practically nothing!

The girls’ “Best Day EVER” was as simple as a tank of gas, a grocery trip, and a $5 parking fee.

Even if you don’t live hours from a beach, think about other local road trips where you can have a lot of fun on a little money. State parks, zoos, museums — right around the corner, just waiting for a day of family fun and rejuvenation.

It’s the perfect, budget alternative to an actual vacation. Where would you road trip?

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About Just Heather


Just Heather

Heather Sokol babbles about shoes, cocktails, and, mostly, her family. She and her geeky husband are raising four kids and losing sanity daily. They live their gluten free life on a budget while Heather shares her deals, tips and coupon savvy. Read more on her blog Just HeatherTwitter or Pinterest. Read bio and latest posts → Read Heather's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “1 Tank of Gas + 2 Coolers of Food = 12 Hours of Awesome

  1. marylweimer says:

    I wish we lived closer to the Great Lakes. I used to live in Michigan and loved it. Looks like such a fun way to spend a day with the kiddos and friends.

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