A get-out-of-town roundup.

thVery late Monday evening (actually at about 2 a.m. Tuesday) my niece and I will be be at the Anchorage International Airport with her two boys. Our trip will include historical/tourist-y stuff in Philadelphia, a quick trip to New York City, and about a week spent on my dad’s Christmas tree farm in South Jersey.

The kids are really looking forward to the latter because it’s truly Dude Heaven: tractors, power tools, a private gun range and thousands of trees against which to urinate. Tack on a possible one-day trip to the Jersey Shore (the family-friendly part, not the reality-TV zone) and they will be in ecstasy.

I’m still making arrangements for this trip – didn’t book tickets for the Megabus until the other night – and trying to get a little bit ahead on my paid writing chores. Thus no time to devote to fabulous insights for my personal blog. Instead, I’m rounding up a few contests for you to enter.

That is, assuming you could use stuff like a $500 cash prize.

The Coupon Mom gives away five Benjamins every month. All you have to do is enter – and you can do it once a day – at the link above.

All You magazine is giving away prizes all month long, including a collection of Dove beauty products, Nokia Windows phones, a Frigidaire Gallery built-in dishwasher and a Flor gift card. Enter daily at the giveaway page.

The Cinemark theater chain will award a $100 gift card every day this summer. You can sign up daily. I certainly am.

The Wise Bread blog does a weekly “Ask the Reader” feature, soliciting input on financial questions. Three $20 Amazon gift cards are awarded randomly. (I’ve actually won one of these.) This week’s question is “What’s the worst money mistake you’ve ever made?

I assume I can count on your prayers for this journey. Any trip that includes kids, starts at 2 a.m. and doesn’t end until late afternoon is going to be, well, challenging. At least neither one of them is a vomiter.

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  1. lostAnnfound

    I hope you have a fun & safe trip!

  2. jestjack

    This sounds like a “hoot” especially the week at your Dad’s. My thought is the boys are “marking their territory” when urinating on the trees…Have a safe trip.

  3. I love your description of dude heaven. It sounds wonderful.

  4. ImJuniperNow

    From a former vomiter – Wear old shoes

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