So this is it!  You’ve planned your vacation, made reservations and your itinerary, had a garage sale and now you’re almost ready to hit the road!

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Weeks Seven and Eight

Now is the time to start packing!  Don’t wait until the night before, that makes for a late night and a stressful start to your trip.  As you do laundry start putting clothes in your suitcase rather than in the closet.  You most likely won’t be able to pack every single thing you’ll need for your trip but every little bit helps.  Have travel sized toiletries you’re taking with you?  Go ahead and get those packed.  Same thing with socks, underwear, extra batteries, swimsuits- whatever you can live without for the next two weeks. The night before you leave for your trip do inventory of your suitcases and make sure you have everything you need and take out anything extra.

Kisses and O'Keeffe at the Art Institute of Chicago

Kisses and O’Keeffe at the Art Institute of Chicago

The Money Saving Task

For the next two weeks your going to work on eating from your pantry and freezer. This helps save money for your trip since you won’t be going to the store and also by making sure you don’t waste any food that might not get eaten before your trip.  Look through your fridge, freezer and pantry and see what you have.  Think of what you can make with those ingredients. Get creative with it!  Have some meat, rice and beans?  Make a Mexican casserole.  Have lots of canned veggies?  Make vegetable soup.  You’ll be surprised at how many meals you have sitting in the back of your pantry just waiting to be eaten!

Check out some of these links for tips on cooking from your pantry:

Tips For A Successful Pantry Challenge

Lessons Learned From A Pantry Challenge

“Once our grandparents were very careful not to throw away any leftover food. Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times we are no longer able to give a just value.” -Pope Francis

I can’t wait to hear about all the places you’ll go and exciting things you’ll see!

If you missed any weeks of the Eight Weeks To The Summer Vacation You Didn’t Think You Could Afford series, make sure to go back and check them out!

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