My BIL and SIL are visiting this weekend! It’s really fun having them around.
We were trying to figure out where to take them when I suddenly remembered that they’re both also fond of churches and cathedrals. So we took them to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and a Franciscan monastery/church. (Note, the Basilica has a really scary-looking Jesus that looms over the whole place, I think I prefer the Franciscan place. But the Basilica’s crypt church is amazing!!)
It was a wonderful trip, I’d been to both before so I could give a decent tour for the other three.
Then we came home and SIL and I made dinner. Well, the boys helped too and cleaned up. It was a nice bonding experience, chance to chat and share ideas. In particular, we talked about some of her blogging ideas.
All in all, it only cost the price of dinner’s ingredients, which we were going to buy anyway for our weekly cooking. And for them, it cost gas money to get here.
The best part? We didn’t have to stretch or do anything weird or let them down to have a frugal time. Nope, we just had some good ideas, they agreed, and we had a great time. (SIL reads my blog and is quite in sympathy with my frugal ideas–they’re also grad students.)
Some other posts in which I’ve touched on frugal tourism are “How Hometown Tourism Saves Money and Sanity” (seriously, it does!) “Save Money on Your Trip to DC: Prudent Financial Planning.”
Micah says: The moral of the story is to have relatives who like free things like cathedrals and dinners at home.
Or it’s knowing where to have fun without spending too much.