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MAKE A SPLASH THIS SUMMER Sign-up for Summer 1 Programs Session Dates: May 31-July 4 Member Registration: May 11 Non member Registration: May 15 The YMCA has fun programs the entire family can enjoy! Contact your local YMCA for an updated schedule and to get registered for Summer 1 programs!

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Strawberry Lime ice cream Pie (Servings: 6)

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HOW TO MAKE IT: 1. Place 9-inch pie pan in freezer to chill, about 10 minutes. 2. Scoop 1½ pints ice cream into a large bowl. Using large paddle spatula, turn ice cream to soften. 3. Fold in 2½ cups sliced strawberries and mix by hand until the ice cream turns pink and the berries start to break down. 4. Pour mixture into pie pan and smooth the top layer with spatula. Freeze 3 hours or until firm. 5. Thinly slice strawberries vertically and arrange slices on top of pie. Using zester, sprinkle top of mixture with lime zest. 6. Run knife under warm water; slice pie into wedges. Store leftovers in covered container in freezer. More recipes for no-bake desserts start on page 14. Momaha Magazine is a monthly publication of the Omaha World-Herald, 1314 Douglas St., Suite 600, Omaha, NE 68102. Momaha is a registered trademark, and all content is copyright 2015 by the Omaha World-Herald. All rights reserved. The opinions and perspectives published herein are those of the authors and should not be construed as those of Momaha Magazine.

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otherhood certainly has brought a new rhythm to my life. I’m definitely busier. I don’t sit down for the day until my 15-month-old son, Sam, is ready to be rocked to sleep. But being a mom also has caused me to slow down and appreciate the simple things in life – like the thrill of watching my son take his first unassisted steps and grinning wide at his own accomplishment. Being a first-time parent involves a lot of trial and error. Being on the job 24/7 is

frustrating and tiring at times. But at the end of the day, no matter what obstacles I face or errors I make, rocking my sweet baby and having him smile up at me and raise his little hand to touch my face assures me that I’m doing something right. I’m sure you can relate, and I’m excited to share these moments with you as the new editor of, your go-to parenting site. We’ll be here for you 24/7. So let’s do this parenting thing together, and have some fun in the process.

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Leave your laptop at home and back up your vacation photos and videos with the iBRIDGE, a nifty dual storage stick from Leef. On one end is an Apple Lighning connector to your iOS device that allows you to shoot the camera button and capture photos and videos directly on the stick. On the other end, there’s a USB port for Mac or PC. Setup is as easy as downloading the free iBRIDGE app. Designed for the iPhone 5 and newer. Available in memory sizes from 16GB to 256GB ($60 to $400).


May is National Bike Month. Hit a trail on your own bike or explore the cityscape on a loaner from Heartland B-Cycle. Find rental stations in downtown, midtown, north downtown and Village Pointe in Omaha. Council Bluffs gets in on the fun, too. Hop on and off a bike all day for $6, or buy a monthly pass.


Grab your BFF and catch up over an alfresco lunch at a restaurant in a favorite neighborhood. We love the shady patio at Mark's Bistro in Dundee. Reservations recommended. Need a rendezvous point near the Interstate? The Twisted Cork Bistro, 10730 Pacific St., never disappoints. For a more informal setting, try Paradise Bakery at Regency Court.


Donate to an animal shelter during Be Kind to Animals Week, May 3-9. Better yet, learn how your family can volunteer or adopt the perfect pet at


Celebrate your child’s love of learning with a thank-you note to a favorite teacher. Send the note in time for Teacher Appreciation Day on May 4. Or hand-deliver it on the last day of school.


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ay’s arrival is cause for celebration – summer soon will be here! On the first day of the month, revive a May Day tradition and bring a smile to a special person’s face with a May basket. Our examples can be made in 5 minutes or less using supplies you probably already have around the house. Fill your basket with a homemade treat, a small bouquet of flowers – even a burst of confetti. Then plan your delivery. But do it anonymously. Simply slip the basket over the recipient’s doorknob, ring the bell and run!

Cookie Basket Makes: 1

HOW TO MAKE IT: 1. Start with a takeout box or fresh berry container. 2. Line the interior with tissue paper and decorate the exterior with stickers or washi tape. 3. Fill with cookies or other edible treat. 4. Tie on a ribbon as a handle.

Waffle Cone Basket Makes: 1

HOW TO MAKE IT: 1. Arrange flowers in waffle cone. 2. Fold 18-inch grosgrain ribbon in half and hot glue ends to the waffle cone, near the tip. 3. Crisscross ribbon around the front of the cone, gluing as you go. Make sure that your final glue dots are evenly balanced near the mouth of the cone so that your bouquet hangs evenly. Some trial and error may be necessary.


Meet your kid’s new teacher. Send your child on a fascinating Ed-Venture at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. Before you know it, your kids will be teaching you all sorts of fun facts about life’s best things. Classes range from preschool to teens to classes you can take as a family. Subjects range from butterflies to rhinos. Visit to enroll your child in their next Ed-venture today.


Confetti Basket Makes: 1

HOW TO MAKE IT: 1. Roll an 8.5-by-11.5inch sheet of paper into a cone and secure with double-sided tape or glue. 2. Cut tissue paper into confetti pieces. 3. Fill cone with confetti. Fold over pointed ends of cone and tape shut. 4. Affix your own label to the cone or download ours at 5. Attach ribbon with tape or staples for hanging.

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Five no-bake desserts to keep you cool when the weather heats up. TexT + STyling Heather Winkel PhoTograPhy Dev Hanumara


he last place you want to be on a gorgeous afternoon is in a hot kitchen, waiting for the oven timer to go off. From single-serve chocolate lasagna to strawberry ice cream pie, we have the perfect no-bake dessert for your first summer shindig.

Strawberry Shortcake Servings: 4

HOW TO MAKE IT: 1. Toss 2 cups sliced strawberries with 1 tablespoon sugar. Set aside several hours to allow for natural juices to form sauce for drizzling. 2. For whipped cream, pour 1 cup heavy cream into a chilled bowl. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and ½ teaspoon vanilla and beat with an electric hand mixer until soft peaks form when beaters are lifted. 3. Slice 4 glazed donuts in half and brown slices in a panini press or on a hot grill. 4. Place donut halves on pan and top with strawberry slices and spoonfuls of whipped cream and strawberry sauce. Top with remaining donut half.


cookie truFFLeS Servings: 35

HOW TO MAKE IT: 1. Place 1 package golden oreos cookies into a large zip-top bag and crush using rolling pin. 2. Mix the cookie crumbs and 8 ounces softened cream cheese in blender until mixture is thick and sticky. 3. Using your hands, roll mixture into 2-inch balls and place on baking sheet lined with waxed paper. 4. Place baking sheet in freezer until balls are very firm, about 30 minutes. 5. Melt 12 ounces white chocolate chips in microwave for 10 seconds at a time, stirring well between each heating until all chips are melted. 6. Coat truffles in chocolate and place on second cookie sheet lined with waxed paper. 7. Immediately top with nonpareil sprinkles. 8. Place truffles in refrigerator for 10 minutes before serving. Refrigerate leftovers to stay fresh.

Fruit Loop barS Servings: 10-12

HOW TO MAKE IT: 1. Coat 9-by-9-inch pan with non-stick spray and set aside. 2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, stir and melt 2 tablespoons butter and 5 cups mini marshmallows. 3. Stir in 6 cups Fruit loops cereal and mix together. 4. Pour mixture into pan and use your hands to press flat. 5. Allow to set for 2 hours before cutting into bars.

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ChoColate lasagna Servings: 4

HOW TO MAKE IT: 1. Place ½ package Oreo Cookies in a large zip-top bag. Using a heavy rolling pin, crush cookies to crumbs. 2. Combine crushed cookies with 3 tablespoons melted butter; divide into four cups. 3. Spread a layer of 6 ounces whipped topping over the crust in each cup. 4. Combine 3.9-ounce box of chocolate instant pudding mix with 1½ cups milk and whisk for several minutes, until the pudding thickens. 5. Divide pudding mixture into four cups, carefully layering over whipped topping. 6. Follow with a second layer of 6 ounces whipped topping. 7. Sprinkle ½ cup mini chocolate chips on top. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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very mom craves time away from everyday life. We wondered: Where would you go, and why? Clearly,’s Facebook fans are ready to travel far and wide – but not for too long. Sara Locke, for example, dreams of a beach on Maui, where “I’d drink something frozen, eat something spicy and just exist for a few hours with no little ones climbing on me.” She’d enjoy the ocean waves and the sun; maybe even a little nap. “But then I’d start missing my kids, so hopefully they’re just napping in the hotel with their dad while this is happening. I can’t even go on an imaginary vacation without them,” she jokes. “Is that ridiculous?” Indeed, destinations with warm weather, white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters are top of mind. Also highly sought: A good night’s sleep. Ann Mornin Frink would head to Chicago – her home away from home – in a heartbeat. “But more realistically, 24 hours of uninterrupted sleep in my own bedroom sounds glorious.” Jessica Jamison loves the idea of escaping to the Bahamas, to read, shop and just relax on the beach with a fruity drink. “Uninterrupted sleep and some quiet time with God sound mighty good to this single mama, too.” Leslie Steadman Vera dreams of the Great Barrier Reef on the northeast coast of Australia. She’d dive with the turtles, relax on the beach and enjoy the sunsets. Shana Voycheske says, “Take me back to Barcelona! The people are really nice, the food is good and the views are beautiful.” Amanda Smith picks New York “because as hectic and crazy as that city is, I feel calm and at home there.” Ashley Carroll pictures herself in Greece – “to eat moussaka and baklava and have a big fat wedding.” Kassandra Bush-Mayo would head for Colorado, “to sip my morning coffee on a deck nestled between mountains and wildlife, then soak in hot springs by moonlight.” Margaret Arcara admits, “I’m not picky. I’d go down the street to a hotel and relax for a few days.” Laurent Bonk is right behind her. “I would get a fancy hotel room smack-dab in downtown Omaha for two nights, eat out for every meal, sit in coffee shops for hours, read books and write. I’d probably get a massage and see some theater, too.” As for Diana Fisher: “Hawaii with my hubby – for a longawaited honeymoon that never came. We went there for a ‘babymoon’ when I was pregnant with No. 1 but that trip left something to be desired, if you catch my drift.”

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Looking good Indulge in a little self-pampering with these home spa treatments.


ay is a time for celebrating mom and everything she does to make the world go ‘round. With all of that attention coming your way, you’ll want your skin, nails and locks looking fabulous. Allow us to help with these home spa treatments. Olive Oil

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To naturally repair and revitalize skin, apply 1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil to a dry, freshly cleansed face. Use gentle, circular motions and avoid the eye area. Follow with an application of night cream. To help puffy, tired eyes, soak a pair of cotton rounds in iced green tea. Lie down, close your eyes and place the cotton rounds on your eyelids for several minutes. The caffeine and antioxidants will shrink the appearance of blood vessels and eliminate inflammation.

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Moisturize dry, brittle nails with 1 teaspoon olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice. Massage mixture into your finger and toe nails twice a week. Sleep in manicure gloves and-or pedicure socks for best results. For a pretty pedi: Apply a base coat of nail color in robin’s egg blue, mint or petal pink. Let dry and then apply a multidimensional glitter polish to the bottom two-thirds of your big toe for shimmering accent.


Body Get softer skin with a dual-action scrub made from 1 cup each of brown sugar, raw oatmeal and olive oil. Combine ingredients in bowl, mix and apply the paste in a gentle circular motion to arms, legs, neck and face while standing in a bathtub or shower. Let scrub dry 5 minutes and then rinse from body. Give knees, elbows and soles of your feet extra attention by rubbing them with half a lemon. The acid will slough off dead skin and lighten darker areas.

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Hair Give your hair a deep conditioning with coconut oil. Work about 1 tablespoon oil into your scalp and leave in overnight (under a shower cap) or use a heat cap to speed the absorption process. This treatment is especially effective on kinky or curly hair. For fine or thin hair, try this alternative treatment: Blend 1 ripe banana until smooth and creamy. Fold in 1 tablespoon honey. Apply mixture throughout hair. Cover locks with a shower cap; wait 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse well and condition as usual.


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Foods – not toys – are the most common culprit of choking incidents in kids younger than 5. The reasons have a lot to do with a child’s anatomy: underdeveloped swallowing mechanisms, immature teeth and narrow airways. High-risk foods can block tiny airways (about the size of the child’s pinky). Avoid gum, chunks of meat, cheese, and raw vegetables. Also, dried fruit, grapes, hard candy, hot dogs, nuts, popcorn and sunflower seeds. Cut grapes and hot dogs, cheese sticks and vegetables into small pieces. More than 10,000 ER visits are made for kids choking on food each year. Know the Heimlich maneuver for children and call 911. Choking is a medical emergency. Source: UCLA School of Medicine

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A family’s tour of Omaha with Dad at the wheel. TexT Dan McCann PhoTograPhy Kurt A. Keeler


s an enraptured tourist in Paris recently, I found it odd that so many Parisian commuters went past the Eiffel Tower without diverting an eye from their iPhones. Then, just as quickly came a thought about my own backyard. Had Omaha’s treasures become just another part of my landscape? So, with our three kids, Jake, Will and Lizzie, on spring break, I decided to load them into the “man van,” fill the tank and set off on a journey of rediscovery.

A few minutes later, we found ourselves rolling through Omaha’s historic Vinton Street corridor, a cluster of local businesses that runs from 15th to 24th Streets. An early lunchtime crowd gathered outside Louie M’s Burger Lust Café, a decades-old hot spot and backdrop in the 1995 movie, “Gone in the Night.” Had the kids not been pounding Swedish Fish, Skittles and Sour Patch Kids, we would have pulled up a chair. Another time.

Stop 1: South omAhA AttrActionS

Stop 3: the old mArket

My carefully planned route from our home in southwest Omaha deposited us near Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Lauritzen Gardens and Kenefick Park. The latter is a walkable homage to Union Pacific visionary John C. Kenefick. Atop the park’s stone grand staircase, we were rewarded with an aweinspiring site: “Centennial,” the largest and most powerful dieselelectric locomotive ever built, and “Big Boy,” the world’s largest steam locomotive. Their massiveness (nearly two million pounds combined) blew me away, and I was hit with a sense of pride. My home is home to Union Pacific, a 150-year-old titan that has shaped not only Omaha – but America as well. Sappy? Perhaps, but those locomotives are cool.


Stop 2: Vinton Street corridor

After a short jaunt up 10th Street, we made a left onto the familiar cobblestones of Omaha’s Old Market. How many family milestones have been celebrated here? Plenty. Our kids have their favorite stops now: Ted & Wally’s for ice cream and the Old Market Candy Shop for homemade fudge, the perfect complements to an afternoon on the giant slides at Gene Leahy Mall.

Stop 4: north downtown

“When I was growing up,” I told the kids, “none of this was here.” More than 30 businesses have popped up in this 60-square-block area since the 2003 opening of what’s now CenturyLink Center

Omaha. Just to the north, the main attraction for action in June – the stunning TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, NCAA Men’s College World Series central. Before, after and between the games, you can experience an abundance of north downtown’s treasures – Hot Shops Art Center, Film Streams cinema and the indie music venue Slowdown.

Stop 5: Midtown CroSSing

As we started heading west again, Midtown Crossing makes its bold self-introduction as one of the city’s coolest blends of businesses – from local stars Brix - A Wine and Spirits Experience, Wohlner’s Neighborhood Grocery & Deli and Delice European Bakery & Café to national names including Cantina Laredo and Black Oak Grill. Alan Peak, owner of Arlan’s Barbershop, chatted with one of his regulars as he made good on a promise of old-fashioned customer service. A few storefronts away, they were serving up lo mein and sesame chicken at Pana 88. The kids and I took it all in before strolling past Midtown Crossing’s pavilion in Turner Park, a dramatic structure that enhances the development’s free community concerts including Jazz on the Green and Playing with Fire. Someday, I’ll break out the yoga pants and hit Yoga Rocks the Park. Someday.

Stop 6: dundee

Continuing our tour – and pushing deeper into the lunch hour – we arrived in the Dundee neighborhood. Home to investor Warren Buffett and the birthplace of Academy Award winner Alexander Payne, an array of eateries beckoned. Pitch Pizzeria didn’t disappoint. Minutes after our food arrived, all that remained was a fond memory of two coal-fired cheese pizzas and a meatball hoagie on a pretzel bun. With its charming globe-top lampposts, Dundee is also home to Hello Holiday, a women’s clothing boutique, and eCreamery, a custom ice cream and gelato shop. Here’s the scoop: eCreamery’s flavors can range from the exotic avocado habanero ice cream with cheddar cheese pieces and bacon to tame by comparison – bubble gum ice cream with gummy bears, or as I call it, “The Lizzie.”

Stop 7: AkSArben VillAge

Our final stop was Aksarben Village, a family friendly mixeduse community that boasts a multiplex movie theater, a varied restaurant lineup, a nightspot, a dessert spot and retail shops. Will played it straight at Jones Bros. Cupcakes with a vanilla cupcake; Jake went for cookies and cream; and Lizzie opted for a red and green macaroon, the filling of which she scooped out and ate with a spoon. The development also features a park/ amphitheater, a farmer’s market and a popular Saturdays @ Stinson summer concert series. I could stay here all night. Chugging west toward home on West Dodge Road, the kids full and fully informed, we passed Methodist Hospital where my babies were all born. Fitting. My city. My life. A journey of rediscovery – on less than a quarter-tank of gas.

Saturday, May 16 7:00 pm In The Invenon of Wings, the best-selling author of Secret Life of Bees writes an extraordinary and moving story of slavery and the uneasy friendship between abolionist Sarah Grimke and Hey (Handful), her unwanted “present.” Sue will present the themes of her novel and sign books during the recepon following.

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In mom’s plan, busy kids have no time to fight. TExT Amy LaMar STyLING + PHOTOGRAPHy Heidi Walz


ar rides with kids can be exhausting. Some days, driving across town is challenging enough, let alone an hours-long road trip. Heidi Walz and her husband, Bob, not only championed an 18-day, 4,500-mile road trip with their young sons last summer, they’re ready to do it again! The key is planning, says Heidi, who “scoured” dollar bins a year in advance of the family’s 2014 trip to Canada, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Colorado and South Dakota,. “Create a vacation box and start tucking things away,”


What you need: Large tote filled with foam football, sidewalk chalk, jacks, water guns, balloons (to bat around and chase), magnifying glasses for exploring and foam gliders. Heidi’s tip: Pull out the tote whenever you stop to stretch or eat.



What you need: Binders for each child filled with blank paper, stickers, printed coloring sheets, a United States map to color in as you travel through different states, state maps, state bird lists, markers and scissors. Heidi’s tip: Use the binder pockets to store postcards, maps and brochures collected at stops along the way.

she suggests. Don’t let your kids see the box – except to occasionally pique their interest. Heidi’s goal was to keep her 5- and 7-year-old sons so busy that they wouldn’t be bored, fight, whine or otherwise misbehave. Her plan worked. The trip was meltdown-free until the last hour of the drive home. As you build your own kit using Heidi’s examples, remember: The kit’s contents don’t have to be expensive or elaborate – but they do need to provide variety. Only use the kit in the car so the novelty doesn’t wear off.


What you need: Accordion files filled with stickers, mazes, small art projects, beads, joke books, Pez dispensers, state quarter books, fake mustaches, glow sticks, pipe cleaners and other random dollar bin finds. Heidi’s tip: Build a console with three shoe boxes taped together. Store DVD player and DVDs here. Attach cup holders to sides of “console” with duct tape.


What you need: Travel soap dish to hold trinkets and other small souvenirs such as pressed pennies, national park tokens and seashells. Heidi’s tip: Use the soap dish for its intended purpose when you return home.


What you need: Altoid tins, index cards cut to fit the bottom of the tin (Your children can decorate the index cards to create different zoo habitats) and miniature plastic animals. Heidi’s tip: This activity can be geographically specific. For example, a miniature buffalo can represent South Dakota, while a miniature horse can represent Wyoming.



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TRaveLIng wITH kIDs Is aLways an aDvenTuRe. Create a master family packing list. A few weeks before departure, start a list of what you need to pack. Keep the list in a handy location and add to it as things come to mind. Two days before departure, transfer the list into a Word document, save and print. As you pack, check things off and note anything that you add to your suitcases. When you return from your trip, update the list with your last-minute items and anything you might have forgotten. Presto! You now have a good packing list for your next vacation.

specify when the snacks should be eaten. For example, say, “These are your snacks for the morning. I’ll hand out your afternoon snacks after lunch.” This takes you out of the food loop and gives kids responsibility for managing their hunger and rationing their snacks. Help your child stay organized. Plastic storage bags with zip tops come in handy for toting small things like Hot Wheels or Littlest Pet Shop collectibles in backpacks.

Inventory backpacks. Make a list of what each Have the kids make lists of child needs to pack. what’s in their backpacks. Give the kids their Put the lists in a safe own pack list and a place and refer to them plastic grocery bag when it’s time to gather for their clothing items and move on to items. Place their the next stop on your bags directly into itinerary. your suitcase (after a quick inventory, Limit travel time with Vacation prep starts with of course). The bags movies and electronic are especially great devices.  lists and a one-backpackfor containing small We have a beautiful per-child rule. clothing items like socks country that your kids will and underwear. Upon never see if they are always arrival at your destination, watching a movie or playing let the kids pull out their bags with their iPod. (We’ve had some and claim space for themselves in the great family conversations in the car room where they’ll be sleeping. once the distractions were taken away.) Bring maps and collect tourism and history brochures Limit each child to one backpack.  along the way. Encourage your kids to study them Kids ages 4 and up can be responsible for and learn about an area, even if you’re just passing packing their own backpack (although feel through.  free to make a few suggestions).  Additionally, make your kids responsible for carrying their Role with it when things go wrong. own backpacks. It’s a sure-fire way to prevent A couple of years ago, we had a long layover in overpacking and control clutter in tight quarters. an airport that had people conveyors. The airport wasn’t crowded so we raced each other on the Distribute snacks for the road.  conveyors to pass the time. My kids still talk about Give each child snacks for their backpack, and the fun they had at that airport. 



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As a family, make a budget ahead of your trip listing what you will spend each day on food, lodging and entertainment. If you have to overspend on one item, decide as a family where you will cut back. Don’t forget to budget for souvenirs and talk about what types of things would make good keepsakes. A travel journal or scrapbook is a fun, economical way to preserve memories. Have each family member write down favorite things that happen each day. Younger children can participate by drawing pictures. Leave room for photographs, which you can add once you get home.


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a house or an apartment. The daily cost will be less, and you will have access to kitchen and laundry facilities at no extra expense. You can buy groceries instead of paying for meals in restaurants, and you won’t need to pack as many clothes. If you’re flying, this may save money on bags that you have to check. If you need to stay at a motel, select one that offers a complimentary breakfast. While the daily rate is higher, you will save on food costs for the rest of the day. An in-room refrigerator for grocery store drinks and snacks will help cut costs. Before your trip, purchase a water bottle for each family member. Fill up

the water bottles every day so you don’t have to purchase drinks from a vending machine or convenience store.


Check travel sites and savings sites for special deals on travel, lodging and entertainment. But make sure you will actually use a service or product before you buy it. Continue to check these sites for special deals while on your trip.


Use cash for domestic travel to avoid overspending. If you are traveling internationally, use a credit card (not a debit card) whenever possible. Banks have access to better exchange rates than you will receive on your own. Consequently, that souvenir may end up costing much less if you use a major credit card. This principle also applies to cash withdrawals.

ASK FOR HELP If you know someone who lives close to where you’re going

or has been there before, ask for recommendations on things to do and ways to save. If you are traveling to Washington, D.C., for example, contact your senate or congressional office for recommendations and insider discounts and other special offers.


Research things to do in your area because there may be more than you realize. This will save on transportation, lodging and meal costs. If you do leave town, consider listing your own home on VRBO, Airbnb or other popular vacation rental site.


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