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Stretching your reunion budget  
You want your reunion vacation to be great – but, of course, you don’t want to spend more money than you need to! Here's how to get the most bang for your vacation buck:  


  • Negotiate with the cruise line, resort or hotel for a good deal. They’ll be willing to work with you if you’re booking accommodations for a sizable group of people. Ask if they offer a reunion discount plan like does, or if they’ll create a plan for your group as they do for business meetings. Find out if kids can eat and stay free, or at a discounted rate.
  • Conserve your resources by alternating expensive excursions with free activities. For example, balance a high-priced day at a theme park or golf course, with a day of free activities around the hotel pool, a morning hike in a nearby national or state park, or a trip to a playground or local zoo.
  • Play chef for the day. If you’re staying at a house, or a condo with a kitchen, stock up on groceries so you can prepare some meals rather than eating out every day. Plan a picnic or a barbeque, always sharing the chores so that no one feels overwhelmed. The last day of the trip, consider a potluck meal where everyone contributes all the groceries they accumulated from the week.
  • Even in a hotel, you can save on food by stocking your mini fridge with milk and cereal for the kids’ breakfast, or heading over to a nearby coffee shop rather than the hotel dining room.  Bring your own snacks and bottled water.
  • Limit the kids to one special souvenir at the end of the trip. Encourage them to use allowance or birthday money if they want more.