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Welcome to Family Travel on a Shoestring!

Suffer from wanderlust and a small budget? Us too, but we don’t let that stop us! We like to think of this as the travel blog for the rest of us.  I’m glad you found us!  Stick with us and we’ll teach you how to plan an unforgettable trip without spending a fortune.  Don’t miss out on our reviews and travel tips, make sure and follow us!

How We Saved Money In May

Saving money is essential for most families if they are planning on traveling.  We budget for one big yearly trip and two smaller trips, something like camping or maybe Great Wolf Lodge, every year.  Each time my husband is paid we put that money into a vacation...

Free Things to do in Fort Smith, Arkansas

We recently attended my niece’s graduation in Fort Smith, AR. The trip was short but while we were there we decided to do a little site seeing. We first made a visit to St. Scholastica Monastery and then on to the Fort Smith National Historic Site. St....

May Reading List

I’ve been an avid reader since I could put a few letter sounds together and decipher the code. My love of literature and getting to share it with my children is a homeschooling feat that keeps me going when I’m about ready to throw in the towel. I spend...

Is The Grand Canyon Really Grand?

The Grand Canyon. It takes places #1 and #2 on TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Things To Do in Arizona list.  It seems to be a must do on most travelers’ bucket lists, but is the Grand Canyon really grand? Well of course it is!  It’s amazing and beautiful and...

Wildflowers and Ice Chests- To The Bank Tuesday- April Week 4

What is To The Bank Tuesday? It’s weekly encouragement and ideas to help you save money in easy ways. Encouragement to be frugal not miserly. No one likes a miser! How I Saved Money This Week: -My baseball boy had a two day tournament this weekend so I packed our ice...

Swamp Soup

Around Christmas last year my neighbor asked me if I wanted any turnips greens because more had come up than they could eat.  I always say yes to free food!  The boys and I grabbed some grocery sacks and pulled up two big bags full.  I wasn’t going to be able to...

Thrifting and Etouffee- To The Bank Tuesday- April Week 3

What is To The Bank Tuesday? It’s weekly encouragement and ideas to help you save money in easy ways. Encouragement to be frugal not miserly. No one likes a miser! How I Saved Money This Week -I put the boys’ winter clothes away and pulled out their summer...

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We are a family that has recently been hit with wanderlust! We all have it, from the oldest to the youngest. We have a bucket list the size of Texas. Travel with us as we explore the exciting history, traditions and foods from around the world on a budget.