Would you like to take your family of 4 to Paris on $991? How about a honeymoon in Paris for $600? I discovered this very practical vacation bargain article tonight while looking for ways to trim costs on our honeymoon. It’s a Christian website, but there’s no proselytizing in this article. One of their suggestions includes doing a Home Swap (where you and another family swap homes for your vacation), which I’ve always been interested in doing. I stayed in a furnished apartment when I studied abroad in France, and I’ve always thought that home feeling would be nice to have on all trips abroad. This article has lots of creative ways to save money on your next vacation.
This week I bartered for the first time! My friend is moving to Europe and needed to get rid of a lot of things. At the same time, she is behind on some professional paperwork and wanted to complete it before she leaves the country. So we bartered a deal: In exchange for me completing her paperwork, she gave us a really nice toaster oven (ours was on the fritz) and a matching bed and nightstand. We moved the pieces ourselves so she had three less things to haul down her apartment stairs, and we got real bedroom furniture for the first time ever! Previously, one of our nightstands was a Tupperware box so this was a big step up. I am very pleased with our barter, and I’ll be open to doing this kind of exchange again.