I was a bit MIA last week. After finals week, my amazing friend was kind and hospitable enough to invite us up to her family’s cabin on Lake Michigan. Instead of writing papers we sat on the beach, built fires, and didn’t let stress touch us. I had never been to Michigan before, but it’s a really beautiful place. I never knew a lake could resemble an ocean so strongly. Thanks for everyone who commented while I was gone, and I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get back to all your posts. Will be making up for it 🙂
I don’t have any frugal tips on lodging in the area, but here are some things we did to keep costs down:
- Used gas rewards from our local grocery store to fill an empty tank before we left.
- Do things outside. We spent some good time on the beach and walking to the lighthouse in town. Some tourists in a pirate ship (yes, a pirate ship) shot one of their cannons. I nearly jumped off the dock at the noise. So we got to enjoy part of that tour without even taking it. :p
- Buy food at the grocery store and cook it yourself if at all possible. We had a kitchen available to us, but we mostly used a campfire, anyways.
- If you must eat out, eat at Clementine’s. Most of their food was under $10, and they had the best burgers I’ve ever had.
- Apparently Clementine’s is really hard to get into during tourist season with lines around the block. But we walked right in. Travelling before Memorial Day and after Labor Day doesn’t just eliminate the problem of the crowds; it also saves you money as many businesses haven’t racked up their prices yet.
- On my way out of town, I saw this resale shop and thought of all of you. I didn’t get a chance to stop in, but The Frugal Frog looks pretty nifty with gently used clothes, jewelry, and furniture.