Cheap and Low Cost Staycation Ideas for 2012

Budget friendly staycation ideas

Yesterday, I shared with you some budget friendly things to do in New Jersey.  Today, I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers to showcase even more staycation ideas all over the US.  Please be sure to check out all these fabulous, budget friendly travel destinations.


Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York :: Coupons, Deals and More

Central New Jersey :: Philzendia

Erie, Pennsylvania :: Growing Kids Ministry

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania :: Family Balance Sheet


Black Hills, South Dakota :: Little House Living

Central Indiana :: In Good Cents

Chicago, Illinois :: Chicagoland Homeschool Network

Cincinnati, Ohio :: Savings Lifestyle Cincinnati

Dayton, Ohio :: Savings Lifestyle Dayton

Kansas City Area :: Kansas City Mamas

Mansfield, Ohio :: The Traveling Praters

Metro Detroit, Michigan :: Saving Dollars and Sense

Mount Vernon, Ohio :: Living Better One Day at a Time

North Central Indiana :: Parenting Miracles

Oakland County, Michigan :: Bargain Shopper Mom

Omaha, Nebraska :: Mom Endeavors

Oshkosh, Wisconsin :: A Little Bit of This and That

SE Minnesota :: Everyday Notions

Springfield, Missouri :: Getting Freedom

springfield, Missouri :: I Think I can, I think I can


Arizona (all) :: Mom Endeavors

Colorado Springs, Colorado :: Springs Bargains

Denver, Colorado :: Denver Bargains

Phoenix, Arizona :: Saving For Someday

Tucson, Arizona :: Desert Chica Ramblings


Portland, Oregon :: Frugal Living NW

San Diego, California :: Life as MOM

San Diego, California (The Eating Tour) :: Good Cheap Eats

Seattle, Washington :: Queen Bee Coupons

South Atlantic

Baltimore, Maryland :: The Happy Housewife

Charlottesville, Virginia :: How to Have it All

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Jacksonville, Florida :: Saving The Family Money

Orlando, Florida :: Orlandos Best Deals

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia :: Life Your Way

St. Augustine, Florida :: Jypsie Visions

South Central

Arlington, Texas :: Grocery Shop For FREE

Houston, Texas :: MomsTravelTales

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Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 13-year old boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at


  • Awesome ideas, I am in South Texas and going to Houston next week. I will have to take a closer look. Thanks for posting!

  • WOW! Great list. Bookmarking for sure. I love that it’s so organized. As always, great post. 😀

  • Checked out the Charlottesville ones – and Washington, DC — There are some here that I never thought of…and which seem like fun!

  • This reminds me that I need to check out to see if there is anything going on in my area for the summer. The closest state that is listed that I live near to is Virginia, so I’ll check those out.

  • Such an awesome list! I’m going to check out the Harrisburg one since that’s closest to me. It’s always nice to find some hidden treasures close to home. 🙂

  • How great! I am going to share this with my readers and also share it on my new Arizona blog! Thanks for sharing!

  • Lots of posts for Ohio! It’s fun to find the things that I’ve missed in my Mansfield, Ohio posts. And Mt. Vernon and Cincy aren’t too far from here either!

  • Bookmarked! I love a list like this, and some of these places I travel to repeatedly. I have a group going to Niagara Falls in August – that comes in really handy. Great post.

  • What an awesome list! Staycations are by far the way to go in the economy these days! We live in Watkins Glen NY ( a tourist town) and I really need to just pretend to be a tourist for a day or a weekend and take in all there is to offer!

    • I’m planning on doing the same thing here in NJ and also in NYC. Although I was born and raised in NYC, there are a lot of great landmarks that I have never visited!

  • I’m a little far from SE MN, but I’ve found lots of similar free or cheap activities in the cities. This totally got me thinking outside the box for fun family day trips this summer!

  • This is AHmazing! I’m bookmarking it and I’ll add to it soon! I can do Savannah, GA now and Raleigh, NC after a couple of months! Great Idea!

  • Only 2 PA spots! Then again where I live it’s not too budget friendly being that I live in between 2 major ski resorts!!

    Awesome post to save for future reference though! Husband travels a lot during the summer months for his job!

Cheap and Low Cost Staycation Ideas for 2012

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