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Holiday freebies

January 4th, 2010 at 06:35 am

So, my family took a trip to see the Biltmore estate in Asheville, NC. The trip turned out to be surprisingly affordable, but only because of a series of fortunate happenstances. Is that even a word? Big Grin

Anyways, we found a motel that costed $60 per night, which I thought was cheap considering that it's 2 queen, not 2 doubles. Plus, they offered a 10% coupon for a nearby restaurant, which turned out to be one of the best restaurants I've ever went to.

The shocker was that I thought the Biltmore estate was going to cost $25 per adult. I guess not for their Christmas festival, because that turned out to be $60 per adult! Oh but here's the REAL shocker.

My mom is a very friendly person who tends to smile and say hello to everyone. I'm always constantly watching her, muttering that one day, we're going to get mugged for it. But for that day, some lady seemed to be so impressed that she gave us vouchers that was good for 4 adults (which we needed) that was worth $240!

Yes, her being nice and saying hello to total strangers saved us $240 in admissions! We thanked the lady profusely, and she responded with, "Merry Christmas!" Big Grin

But the best part of it all? My parents sprung for everything. They wanted to do it, and who am I disagree? Yeah, I know. I'm such a Scrooge. Big Grin

7 Responses to “Holiday freebies”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    We have been there a few times. The first time we went, it was about $25 per person and that was 25 years ago. It is a neat place to visit, especially for free!!

  2. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Nice freebies!

  3. campfrugal Says:

    Oh, BA, I have always wanted to go there. What a awesome vacation on the cheap.

  4. fern Says:

    That's great. Looks like a great place to visit, but why so expensive?

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    It's a really big house? Big Grin

    That we went during their Christmas special, which is also pretty neat.

    But yeah, it's ridiculously expensive to me. I'm glad my parents paid for it, because I could not afford it.

  6. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Both the Winchester House in San Jose, CA and the Hearst Castle charge $25+ for adult admissions. I thought that was pretty ridiculous for a tour of a house.

    Good for your mom though, getting free tickets!

  7. baselle Says:

    $60!? Palace of Versailles was only 18 euro. Big Grin Of course I get the feeling that the government of France was stepping in, in part, for your very nice benefactor. Congratulations for your mom! One of the most frugal rules I know is: when someone tries to help you, let them!

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