Driving across South Dakota

Beautiful South Dakota

Our RV tour’s scheduled stops for the day included a visit to the Mitchell Corn Palace, an on-your-own lunch, and an ice cream social at the legendary Wall Drug, which my boys were very excited about…  

Visiting the Mall of America

Mall of America

The Mall of America is home to the largest indoor theme park in the United States, Nickelodeon Universe. There are 30 rides inside the mall, as well as a high ropes course and a mini golf course…  

Taking the RV from Indiana to Minnesota


We woke up to a sunny day in Middlebury, Indiana. The KOA campground we stayed at has a lot of amenities to enjoy, including mini golf, bicycle and paddleboat rentals. They had a large swimming pool…  

Torpedo girl: Take me down below!

USS Cobia

Just had to share where I spent part of my weekend… sleeping on top of a Mark 14 torpedo below the water level. What? My son’s Cub Scout pack took an overnight trip to the USS Cobia, a decommissioned WWII Gato class submarine. It floats in the Manitowoc River in Wisconsin, adjacent to the Wisconsin […]

Grocery Shopping in the 50th State

Shopping at Foodland in Hawaii

Earlier this month, our family traveled to Hawaii and stayed with friends. You can read about all of the trip-planning here. Grocery shopping on the island was a pretty interesting experience… A big part of staying on budget for our recent trip to Kauai was our plan to cook most of our meals versus eating […]

Travels of the Week: The Garden Island

Kauai: The Garden Island of Hawaii

Three years ago, our close friends went to Hawaii. Again. While their family has traveled everywhere from Europe to Asia, they’ve been to Hawaii several times and state that it’s still their favorite place in the world to go. When they came home from their last trip, we gushed over their vacation photos and said […]

Travels of the Week: New Orleans

New Orleans Lobster

After nearly four years of writing my “Deals of the Week” feature, I have decided to shift the focus of my blog from coupon and grocery deals to travel tips and trip reports. Some of my readers have expressed that coupon deals, industry talk, and current trends in the coupon space are topics that they […]