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VRBO for Penny Pinchers

By Julie Norman

Here's the morning view from the condo we rented at the Steamboat Springs ski area this past week.  For four days it was ours; we enjoyed margaritas on the balcony, hot showers after bike rides, and even peanut butter pancakes! There were three of us: my spouse and I stayed in the master bedroom and our friend slept on the quite comfortable pull-out sofa in the living room.  Because of that, we split the cost 3 ways and only had to spend $93 EACH for our room.  That's not per night.  That's TOTAL! Any hotel room we might have found would have been at least $75 a night and probably more...and we couldn't have all shared one.  This way we were able to not only save on room costs, but also save on food and drink costs by having "happy hour" at our condo instead of at a bar somewhere and having breakfast there too.

We did go out for dinners, but really only splurged one night.  That night was worth it, believe me! Our only other "big" cost was buying lift tickets for one day of resort downhill riding.  The other three days we just powered our way up steep climbs and enjoyed the rewards of the downhills.

No one says you have to save on every single aspect of your vacation, but finding ways to save on part of it sure is worth it.  Check out Vrbo.com the next time you're looking for a place to stay.  You can find great alternatives to typical hotel rooms, sometimes at a fraction of the cost!

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