Saturday, January 28, 2012

Staying in Key West For Free :)

I've decided I should probably stop about complaining about my work travel as much. Since I get all the benefits of airlines and hotel rewards points while traveling for work, I have accumulated quite a few. Jim and I are going to the Florida Keys next month for vacation. We will be visiting Jim's boss; they have a motorhome and stay in Marathon Key several months each winter. We will be staying at a condo right near them for a week. But, we extended our trip some by staying four extra nights in Key West using my hotel points. I knew the hotel prices in Key West were outrageous, and I'm glad the hotel chains have fixed points for reward nights no matter what the actual base price of the room is.We just booked over $1300 for our hotel stay and I was able to cover it all with my points. We're really looking forward to this vacation!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Meal Planning

In 2010, I tried meal planning and it seemed to work out great. On Sundays, I would plan meals for the week and go grocery shopping. I'd run it by Jim, so he knew which night(s) he was cooking and I could plan the nights I worked out where he was cooking or we were having left-overs. And it usually prevented stops at the grocery store on the way home from work to buy something for dinner that night. Well, now that I'm back home from traveling for work and the craziness of the holidays is over, I finally started back up my meal planning. Although, I was surprised when I opened up my online meal planner that it had not been updated in almost a year. :/  I guess that's what happens when you're traveling so much for work, I am so glad to be home and back into a normal routine though.