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12 Nov 2018   ·   3

Our Experience Staying in an AirBNB in Rome

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Welcome to my series on our 10-day trip to Rome and India where I’m sharing a peek into our trip — where we went, what we learned, and how we saved money. For details on why we went to Rome and India, read this post.

Since there were six of us going to Rome and India on this trip — two couples and two kids — we realized that it might be cheaper and smarter to split an AirBNB apartment rental together than to get hotel rooms. It’s not something we’ve done much before, but we ended up loving this option!

I didn’t get any photos in the actual apartment, but you can see photos of the inside here. It was the perfect arrangement for all of us.

Jesse and I took one bedroom and the bathroom closest to it and Jamie and Drew took one bedroom and their kids shared the other bedroom and then they all shared the other bathroom.

It had this old elevator that was so fun to use! And the views out the windows were gorgeous (see the photo at the top of the post!)

The apartment was situated right in the heart of the Jewish quarter and we were able to walk to the Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Vatican City, the Spanish Steps, and more from it. Plus, within a few blocks, there were many different shops, cafes, and restaurants.

(The view out our window one morning — it was so idyllic!)

The apartment was extremely clean and they had tea and coffee on the counter and water bottles, juice, fruit, and milk in the fridge. Plus, they had towels, soaps, and shampoos in every room — just like a nice hotel!

The only two issues I would point out that we had were:

1) They asked us to pay an additional $42 tourist tax when we arrived. They hadn’t mentioned this to us before and they asked for it to be in cash. We felt a little bothered that they hadn’t mentioned this and didn’t include it in the apartment fees. However, it is on their site, so it’s possible we just missed it there when we booked. And it’s possible that the government requires this to be collected separately and that it can’t be collected as part of the AirBNB fees. But I still would have appreciated it if they would have mentioned it when we were communicating with them so it didn’t take us by surprise.

2) The bathtub leaked when we drained it. We let them know and they came to check on it and offered to call someone to come fix it, but it was the second day and we just decided ha Jesse and I would take sink baths (there wasn’t a shower in our bathroom — though there was a sprayer in the bathtub). They were very gracious and apologetic about this and I’m guessing they got it fixed a soon as we left!

Many of the buildings in the Jewish Quarter had little gold plates in front of them with names of Jews who were sent to the concentration camps during the holocaust. It was so sad and such a poignant reminder of the turmoil and heartache from history that these buildings could recount if their walls could talk.

Rome has so many fun outdoor cafes and restaurants!

We’ve only splurged on two meals on our entire trip and this was one of them! We went to Ba’Ghetto Milky — which was just a few blocks from our apartment and specializes in Roman Jewish Cuisine and Middle Eastern Cuisine. We loved it and the service was fantastic!

Fried artichoke hearts are really common on most of the menus and it’s one of the things I fondly remember from my time in Rome!

My salad was so delicious — I was just sad I couldn’t finish all of it!

But of course, I had to save room for Tiramisu! 🙂

All in all, we LOVED going the AirBNB route and not only was it very economical, it also allowed us to feel a little bit more like we were getting a true Rome experience by staying in such a beautiful old building and area!

Have you ever stayed in an AirBNB rental? We haven’t done this much, but I think it’s something we’ll definitely consider doing in the future since this worked out so well!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a post all about our time in Rome — where we went, what we learned, and how we did it on a small budget!

12 Nov 2018   ·   0

Money Saving Mom’s Daily Deal Round-Up for November 12, 2018

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Black Friday Ad 2018

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Sam’s Club Black Friday Ad 2018

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Bass Pro Shops Black Friday Ad 2018

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The Bass Pro Shops Black Friday Ad has been leaked!

Bass Pro Shops Black Friday Sales start on Wednesday, November 21st, and they open at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Looking for more Black Friday ad scans?

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Target Black Friday Deal: Spend $50, Get 20% Off a Future Purchase!

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Planning to shop Black Friday Deals at Target this year? Check out this great deal!

Make a $50 purchase in-stores or online at Target on November 23rd, and you’ll receive a coupon to get 20% off a future purchase!

The coupon will be valid on any purchase from November 27th through December 8th, 2018.

Go here to see the Target Black Friday Ad 2018.

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Mattel Games Skip-Bo Junior Card Game only $3.76 shipped!

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Amazon has this Mattel Games Skip-Bo Junior Card Game for only $3.76 shipped right now! This is the lowest price on record!

A great stocking stuffer idea!

Don’t forget!! All Amazon orders ship FREE with no minimum until Christmas! If you want a guaranteed faster shipping speed, you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And be sure to sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use when shopping on Amazon.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

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*HOT* Lowest Prices on Crayola Art Sets, Paints, Pencil Kits and more! {Great Christmas Gift Ideas!!}

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Amazon is having a HUGE sale on select Crayola products today, and many of the items are marked down to the lowest price on record!

This is a great opportunity to stock up on Christmas gift ideas!

Get this Crayola Crayon Melter for just $12.98 shipped – the lowest price on record!

Get this Crayola Pip-Squeaks Kids’ Marker Collection (64 count) for only $12.57 shipped – the lowest price on record!

Get this Crayola Color Wonder Light Up Stamper with Scented Inks for only $8.72 shipped – the lowest price on record!

Get this Crayola Washable Kids’ Paint (12 count) for only $7.79 shipped – the lowest price on record!

Get this Crayola 50 count Colored Pencils with 12 count Dual-Ended Colored Pencils for only $6.49 shipped!

Shop the Crayola sale here.

Valid today only, November 12, 2018, while supplies last.

Don’t forget!! All Amazon orders ship FREE with no minimum until Christmas! If you want a guaranteed faster shipping speed, you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And be sure to sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use when shopping on Amazon.

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Bananagrams Game only $9.98 shipped!

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Amazon has this Bananagrams Game for only $9.98 shipped!

This is a super fun game and perfect for traveling. A great gift idea!

Don’t forget!! All Amazon orders ship FREE with no minimum until Christmas! If you want a guaranteed faster shipping speed, you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And be sure to sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use when shopping on Amazon.

Thanks, Kosher On A Budget!

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Gymboree: Kid’s Shoes as low as $3.99 shipped!

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Today only, Gymboree is offering free shipping on all orders!

Looking for a great deal on kids shoes? There are baby, toddler and kids shoes marked down to just $3.99 shipped per pair! Check out all the cute options including sandals, flip flops, boat shoes, sneakers, flats, and more.

Valid today only, November 12, 2018.

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MUK LUKS Women’s Missy Boots just $24.99 shipped!

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Jane has these MUK LUKS Women’s Missy Boots for just $24.99 shipped right now!

Choose from three colors.

These boots feature a stylish back tie detail and sweet furpa lining and trim for a soft and luxurious take on a classic mid-calf boot shape.

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Scripture Inspired Pendants only $8.99 shipped!

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Jane has these Scripture Inspired Pendants for just $8.99 shipped!

There are 24 different designs to choose from. The scripture pendants are a beautiful reminder to live life gracefully and with purpose.

These would make fun gifts!

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Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelets just $13.99 shipped!

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Jane has these Essential Oil Diffuser Bracelets for just $13.99 shipped right now!

There are seven options to choose from.

This would make a great gift idea for someone who loves essential oils!