Fake-cation Trip Idea #1 | Parasailing for Two at Paradise Parasail for $70 (was $140)


This was our favorite Groupon last year!  I was hoping to see it again.

You’ll get a 4 mile parasail for two at Paradise Parasail (at Osage Beach) for just $70.  We were able to upgrade last year for an additional $20. The upgrade provided pictures, an extra freefall, and half price for life sails!

The boys got to go last year, this year it’s the girls’ turn!

Get your Groupon to Paradise Parasail here: Paradise Parasail Groupon (under Springfield, Missouri)

New Summer Fake-ation Series


A few years ago, the ‘Staycation’ made it’s debut.  Everyone was broke and looking for ways to make staying at home more fun.  Sadly, sometimes staying home can cost more than a short trip.  I can only take so much sitting by the kiddie pool, sipping on strawberry lemonade.

When my son was small, we spent the summers exploring free, or insanely cheap, local places.  We never went more than 60 miles from home, packed a picnic lunch, and had an absolute blast.  Of course, I drove a Geo so we could definitely afford gas.

I’ve decided that this will be the summer of the ‘Fake-ation’.  I want my kids to experience all that the Ozarks has to offer at as little out of pocket expense as possible. 

I’d love to hear your suggestions on where we should go on our Fake-ations!  I’d like to keep these under a 2 hour drive (one-tank style trips) with little to no admission fees.  Staying overnight is perfectly fine- as long as there are inexpensive, decent, accommodations.

We are also accepting Fake-ation packages and discounts from area attractions to provide our large base of Southwest Missouri (Springfield and Branson area).  Please email info@thesensiblefamily.com with details.

$5 for a $10 Gift Card to BackYard Burgers and $10 for a $20 Gift Card to Barnes & Noble

Today’s Groupon deal is a $10 gift card to BackYard Burgers for only $5.  I love this place!

Don’t forget about the $20 gift card to Barnes and Noble I told you about on Thursday- it’s still available!  This can be used online or in store. 

To get either of these deals, click here:  Springfield, Missouri Groupon Deals

St Louis Travel Deal


If you’re in need of a last minute trip this weekend, I’ve found an amazing deal in St. Louis. 

We like to stay at the Drury Hotels chain because of the price and amenities offered.  There is a free breakfast buffet each morning and a free cocktail hour in the evenings.  There is also free soda and popcorn in the lobby until 10:00 p.m.  These amenities alone drastically offset the cost of the room!

Normally, I would rather use a promotional code instead of an available ‘entertainment package’ because the packages don’t offer as many savings as the promotional code, but there is a hot one for the St. Louis Science Center available this weekend only.

With your room, you’ll get 4 admission tickets to the ‘Real Pirates’ exhibit at the Science Center (a $48 value), along with 4 tickets to an Omnimax show (a $36 value).  The room rate at Forrest Park is $99 per night.  Because we were going to visit both exhibits anyways, that leaves the cost of our room, sodas, cocktails, and breakfast at just $15!

This deal is only valid this weekend, because the ‘Real Pirates’ exhibit closes on Monday.  To take advantage of this offer, visit the Drury Hotels website and enter the promotion code: SLSC