Day to day, we pinch pennies. We eat most meals at home, my husband drives an 18-year-old car, we shop at thrift stores more than we shop the malls, and I make our own laundry soap.
Every now and then, we splurge. And it’s those splurges that make the frugal life worthwhile.
Our most recent big-ticket splurge was a weeklong trip to England to celebrate 30 years of marriage.
We budgeted $5,000 for my husband and I to explore London and take day trips to Canterbury, Stonehenge and Bath.
In the year leading up to our trip, we looked for ways – big and small – to save money without skimping on the experience.
Here are a few of the ways we economized without cheating ourselves out of a good time: