Marenda emailed in the following tip:
As many of you know, lodging is often one of the most expensive parts of any vacation. However, thanks to HouseSittersAmerica.com, my husband and I have been able to enjoy very frugal getaways!
If you’ve never heard of House Sitters America, it’s basically a website that connects travelers with homeowners across the country looking for reliable and responsible house sitters and pet sitters. There is a $30 membership fee, but we recouped that cost after one free night of lodging.
My husband and I just got back from a week of housesitting in North Carolina (we’re from Indiana). The homeowner enjoyed a week of vacation while we took care of her two sweet kitties and brought the mail and home deliveries inside the house.
We cooked and ate our breakfast and dinner in our new “adopted home” and chose to eat our noon meal out while we were sightseeing.
We did our laundry and tried to leave the house cleaner than we found it, including washing our sheets and putting them back on the bed.
While it was a little additional work on our part, we figured it saved us at least $700 on lodging for the week!