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My friend Todd and I were waiting in the office to go to a movie. It was 8:00 and the movie started at 8:45. He showed me some weird video of a guy dancing in a lot of different countries.

"Doesn't this just make you want to travel?" He asked.

It did. Within a few minutes we resolved to go on a trip, and to buy the tickets before leaving for the movie.

Cincinnati with kids, our family trip for $374

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One of the perks of being a stay at home parent is that you get to take off and do things at off peak times. We've been fortunate enough to do with this big trips like our October 2012 Disney trip where the crowds were considerably light and weekly trips to the grocery store which is s a different place Monday through Thursday.

This time we planned on taking a two day, one night trip to Cincinnati with our kids and before any jokes are made or eyes rolled about Cincinnati as a vacation place let me say, it was great. Our daughters - ages 3 and 5 - had a wonderful time and even though the stuff for my wife and I to do was somewhat limited we both loved seeing them have fun.

If we had so much fun then why did I keep track of every dollar we spent for this trip? Part of being an Epic Dad means making good financial choices for your family and that means using dollars efficiently, in this trip we did that. The other reason is to give other families that read this an idea about what it costs. If cost was no option you and I would fly business class to go ranching in Jackson Hole one weekend and then fishing in the gulf the next. Cost matters.


Based on the weather, cooler on day one and warmer on day two we decided to first go to the Newport Aquarium. The drive took us about 2.5 hours and like all our road trips I made some PBNB sandwiches (peanut butter, Nutella, and banana).

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