{$50 Southwest Gift Card Giveaway} Travel Tip Tuesday…

Southwest Airlinesโ€™ยฎ 40th Anniversary Sale!
Did you know Southwest Airlines is celebrating their 40th Anniversary with great deals on airfare, hotels and car rentals?ย  Well, luckily the 40th Anniversary sale doesn’t end until July 19th, so you & I still have a few weeks to figure out where to go for summer vacation!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Wow… I wonder what kind of vacation these people booked? Look how happy they are! Anyone want to guess where they’re going?

Leave us your best guess in the form of a comment below and Mavis will pick one lucky winner (based on originality) to receive a $50 Southwest Airlines Gift Card! All entries must be received by Midnight June 29th.ย  The winner will be announced at 9am on Friday, July 1st.ย  Good luck and be creative. ๐Ÿ™‚



  • Erin V

    They look like they are going to the happiest place on Earth! Disney Resorts!

  • Joy Plaisance

    Considering the parents are SUPER excited too – I’m guessing that Grandma & Grandpa surprised the entire family with a week-long vacation to Grandma & Grandpa’s House! But the parents wouldn’t be too excited about that, so Grandma & Grandpa told Mom & Dad that after they dropped the kids off at Grandma and Grandpa’s, they could “HIT THE ROAD” and stay in a bed & breakfast on the Oregon coast for 3 nights and said “FORGET ABOUT THE KIDS – THEY’LL BE FINE!” The kiddos are Super excited about their trip to Grandma & Grandpa’s because they live right next to Six Flags and can’t wait to ride all the rides until they puke!

    Speaking of this fantastic vacation – maybe I’ll talk to my own Grandma & Grandpa and ask them for a favor! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kelsey Sorensen

    DISNEYLAND! and who wouldn’t be that happy going to disneyland?!!!!

  • Susan Rolapp

    That is how we are going to look when we head to Missouri in August to see our oldest son graduate from Basic Training! My vote goes for Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Linda F

    After years of Skyping their grandparents, the family booked a trip to visit with them in person! Yea! for spending time with grandparents!

  • Allyson Zupin

    They have decided to take a road trip up the west coast, from Washington, down to California, hitting all the beaches along the way!!!!

  • Cindi Smith

    They look like they are in the back of a mini van/suv going on an exciting trip to 6Flags.

  • Sara

    They look like thrill seekers to me! They are heading out to Jersey to ride the Kingda Ka, the highest coaster in the world!

  • Amber

    Pretty sure they aren’t excited about booking a trip anywhere, they are just really excited about their thumb measuring competition.

  • Heidi

    perhaps a trip to the fabulessly frugal headquarters! the vacation destination of a LIFETIME! (or maybe i just gotta get out of the house more!) LOL!

  • mt_coupon

    I’m going to say that they live somewhere that has had a rainy never ending spring (think northwest USA this year!) and they are headed ANYWHERE sunny!

    Did I mention that it rained all last week…

  • Megan Todeschi

    This enthusiastic look on the face of this family is due to their trip to San Diego. They were so please with Southwest’s service, free baggage and cheap prices that they are sold on the airline and plan to use them again. On top of that, little Billy gets to see the polar bears at the San Diego zoo.

  • Angela

    I’m going to guess the happiest place on earth….Disneyland!! and they can add on universal studios while they are at it.

  • Becky

    Illinois! Ok, so maybe that’s a bad guess but that’s where I’d book my trip if I won this gift card. We just moved to TX from IL and I’d love to go back for a visit. Thx!

  • Emily

    I am guessing they just booked the trip to cancun that was on sale a couple days ago. They not only got an awesome beach vacation w all the food and icecream they can eat, but cheap airfare there too. Maybe my family will see them there bc we booked the cancun trip. Now if only we could get a discount on airfare……. ๐Ÿ™‚ This made the dad especailly happy to not break the bank.

  • Andrea

    I believe they just got thier tickets and packed thier bags…they are headed to warm and sunny Floriday to stroll the beaches of Key West for a week! :o) Sounds like a winner to me!

  • Keisha

    I believe that they are on their way to a theme park. They dressed in bright colors so that they could easily spot on another!

  • April Meier

    They are on their way to Disney World which is why the kids are excited. The parents are excited because they paid for the entire trip with coupons! Why wouldn’t they be excited about that!??

  • Lacey

    They are going on a stay-cation because everyone is so broke…. although they will have tons to eat and snack on with all the stock piles the Mom has from her coupon deals!!! Back yard bon fire!!!!

  • Shelly :)

    They booked a vacation to some place warm! (No, I’m not bitter that it hasn’t been over 80 in Seattle for almost 300 days). ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tiffany

    They are going to the Nintendo World Store in NYC!!! (http://www.nintendoworldstore.com/) They have all been practicing for weeks and are proudly displaying their “nintendo thumb” a side affect of many hours playing on a nintendo gaming consol… They booked their tickets on Southwest and are all just thrilled they don’t have to drive the car!

    ***Retailer: Nintendo and it’s subsidiaries you will not be reimburse for this shameless advertisement, Tiffany is not associated with any company or affiliate of Nintendo- though she would gladly take free products or coupons associated with Nintendo merchandise and games. All promotion for Nintendo merchandise is solely a decision made while at lunch at work. My accepting of free stuff policy, previously provided to you, is available upon request. *** Expires 6/29/11

  • katy

    Well they happen to be in the witness protection program and just got new faces and can’t quite smile natural yet. I know exactly where they are going because its confidencial and with lives at stake I shouldn’t post on the internet..

  • Andy

    Haven’t you seen National Lampoon’s Vacation…ROAD TRIP! Not to Wallyworld but to MALL OF AMERICA as they get out of the NW and have their own mishap adventures…no need to kidnap the owner(s) and ride operators to Mall of America.

  • sarah fitzgerald

    They are headed to Boise, ID to take an extreme couponing class and test there skills!! They are super excited not only because they are going to save $$ on their groceries but also that they got tickets to Boise for $40 a piece due to SW airlines sale!!! Way to Save family!!

  • kq

    They are celebrating their last family photo with the entirety of their thumbs, taken just before their trip to the Okefenokee Swamp. Unfortunately a few alligators mistook the hot dogs (purchased for free with a coupon) they were feeding them for dad’s thumb.

  • Christie

    They are headed to Grandma and Grampas to drop the kids off before taking a cruise to Catalina!

  • Lori Davis

    They are going to the inlaws! Look how happy he is!

  • Stephanie

    With that kind of excitement, dad must have said they were DRIVING to Hawaii. But most likely, they are headed to San Diego to soak up some sun.

  • Jil Aron

    I think they’re going to Seattle. My extended family loves to come to Seattle and go to the aquarium, space needle, and Woodland park Zoo. They are always smiling!

  • This family is so excited to be heading to the National Thumbwrestling Competition in Poughkeepsie, New York! The winner of this year’s competition will receive a lifetime supply of thumb-sweaters and will be featured in their own episode on the Thumb Wrestling Federation’s website: http://www.thumbwrestlingfederation.com/matches.html
    They’ve all been practicing like crazy, and mom’s got a new secret weapon she’s been waiting to try: the double-jointed elbow half-nelson! It’s sure to shock and stun her opponents.

  • Idaho!! Because people who don’t live in Idaho miss it!! Its so expensive to fly into Boise, so they are excited because they got an awesome deal on plane tickets!! I miss my family in Idaho!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Katie W

    They just got back from hawthorne florida where they each made multiple double coupon purchases!

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  • Amber E

    I think they are about to embark on a cruise! They’ll eat amazing food till they’re stuffed like turkeys, snorkel till they are burnt to a crisp (which won’t matter cause it will all have been gorgeous and unforgettable!) and take a million and a half pictures of things like ice sculptures, belly flop contests and sight seeing. It will be amazing!

  • Emily

    I think they finally saved enough money by using coupons this year, that they can finally go on a vacation! Sure wish we had these kind of resources (such as Fabulessly Frugal) when I was growing up! I will definitely be just as happy as them when I can take my family on vacation with all the money I’ve been saving! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nicole

    I really wish we could vote on these. Some of them are hilarious! I say they are all excited to be flying to Miami where they will be boarding a cruise ship and setting sail to the Caribbean. Who doesn’t smile like that when they see all they can eat buffets, sun, pools, and gorgeous beaches when you dock for the day?

  • misty m

    I thinly the parents surprised their children with a road trip to california to visit Disneyland ..but on their way they decided tostop in Vegas take their children to ride all the Crazy rides and then they took em to watch M.U.S.I.C…..( jabawockeez) I know the would enjoy this show cuz my 6 year old is begging for ne to take her ..lol ..

  • Michelle

    I think they are going to visit San Francisco, California! The boys can enjoy visiting the prisoner island of Alcatraz, then travel to snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge. Later the family can ride on the famous streetcars down to Fisherman’s Wharf, so mom can do a little shopping and then the family can end the day with a fresh seafood dinner. The rest of the vacation might include a visit to Chinatown for souvenirs and authentic dishes, or maybe catching a SF Giants game. There are so many things to see and do in San Fran, they won’t have enough time to experience everything there!

  • Drew

    Clearly Knotts Berry Farm or Disneyland!

  • Elexis Grimes

    Since the parents are even super excited it is not Disney World but a Disney Cruise! This way all the family can go do what they want from camp and swimming for the kids and adult only pool for the parents. Then some family time with the magic of Disney at dinner and nightly entertainment!

  • Heather

    They are headed to a Coupon Convention in Idaho…where they will meet and swap coupons with fabulessly frugal couponers from all over the country! I would give a thumbs-up for that too!

  • Laura

    I think they are excited for the Southern California vacation they just booked. They will stay 3 nights in Anaheim and spend 3 days in Disneyland and the California Adventure Park, then drive down to San Diego, stopping at Universal Studios on their way. Stay 3 nights in San Diego hitting all the hot spots, the zoo, wild animal park, seaworld, and of course the beach. A vacation the whole family can enjoy. It is always nice to have something fun to look forward to.

  • Jenn Scott

    The parents just booked a trip to Europe ALONE and booked their kids a trip to Disneyland with the grandparents!! A Win-Win sitiuation if you ask me!! That’s what I would do. hehehe. =)

  • Gina

    They’re going to Los Angeles, of course, where they’ll be auditioning for a new reality show called “We’re all Thumbs,” about a family that will spend one year of their lives using only their thumbs — at home, at work and at school!

  • Constance Hymas

    They are going on Iceland. A hidden gem that few Americans know about. They’ll see Gysers (the originial one that all others were named after), magnificant waterfalls, green rolling hills, white sand beaches, black sand beaches, Fjords, and Puffins (they are so cute). And with the money they saved on their airfare (they flew Southwest to the nearest airport served by Icelandair) they’ll be able to take a ferry trip to Grimsey island and have thier picture taken standing on the Artic Circle.

  • Melanie

    Boise. For the Dirty Dash Race. Haha.

  • nikki

    The Grand Canyon and Zion National Park and of course, LAKE POWELL to water ski!!!

  • Looks like they’re going to Disney World in Orlando…….at least my family would be that excited!!!!!

  • Barb

    Going to Disney!

  • Kimberly

    They are going to see great-grandma’s tap dance solo in vegas!

  • Becca

    Well, the kids look more excited than the adults, so I’m guessing somewhere kid-friendly. I’m going with Hershey, Pennsylvania. There’s a theme park and who doesn’t LOVE chocolate!!

  • They look like they’re gonna have a blast in the City of Atlantis!

  • Bekah

    Tom Thumb’s corner, obviously. . .

  • Debbie Bishop

    Going on a Disney Cruise!

  • d

    I think it’s pretty obvious that on their last vacation they accidently left their 3rd child at a gas station somewhere. They have just received the news that the missing child is safe and now the family gets to go be reunited.

  • Allison Swope

    0BX, NC (The Outer Banx North Carolina) – so obvious!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Annette

    The Mom bought a couple “buy one get one free” Lagoon tickets, so she is thrilled! They are heading to Utah to meet up with cousins and play ! Wahoo !

  • lindsey

    They’re going to the Thumb Wrestling championships!

  • Diane

    Clearly, this family was hundreds of miles from home, headed for a beach-front resort, when their van experienced engine failure. They were trying to hitchhike the rest of the way across the country to their destination when a good Samaritan stopped and told them about Southwest’s anniversary sale. This photo was snapped as they realized they would not have to hitchhike to their destination, but could afford to fly, and their bags fly free!

  • Marianne

    This family has been fulfilling their dream vacation as they travel to the Ishiwaukee Thumb Emporium in Wisconsin.

  • Becky

    I bet they are going to go on a shopping spree with the Fab. Frugals ๐Ÿ™‚ In Boise!!! Around the end of August ๐Ÿ™‚ And maybe they’ll do a 10K while they’re here ๐Ÿ™‚

  • john mitchell

    How about goin to see my family in the middle of summer in the Antarctic? or nice Sunny Arizona???

  • Tina

    Disneyland ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I bet they are what my family would look like if it was us going somewhere since we have never flown!

  • Nicole

    4 Discounted tickets on Southwest from Seattle to LAX: $600, Military discounted admission tickets into Disney Land, Sea World, and the San Diego Zoo for a family of 4: $180, Car rental and hotel for 4 days using coupons from my Entertaiment Book: $450, the reaction of my family after we saved a boat load of money on our vaction caught on camera: Priceless. For everything else there’s COUPONS.

  • This family is so excited! They are headed to Grandma’s house. She lives in Chicago and just won a huge lottery of 24.3 million dollars. They are going to pick up Grandma and hop on a plane for 2 weeks in Hawaii!

  • Emily

    They are headed to Mavis’s Marvelous Gardening Convention… All in hopes they may find their green thumbs!

  • Heather

    I bet they are on their way to a coupon convention!!! My two year old and hubby get this happy every time I get my coupons out ๐Ÿ™‚ Ok so maybe not a coupon convention…

  • Meri

    They’re going to Milwaukee, WI to see the bronze statue of “The Fonz”!

  • Segou

    Ok, totally not prepared to head off to Africa at least (which is where we are headed off to next!)

  • reny

    Based on their shirt colors, and excitement they are either going to someplace tropical or pretending to be happy about flying to some town that has a albertson’s so they can double their coupons!

  • HersheyGirl

    Dolly World in Tennessee! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tiffany

    Duh…The kids were obviously told they were going somewhere fun like disney or an amusement park but Mr. and Mrs. Buyupthestore used all their money on couponing deals they will never use, so they just informed the kids they must hitchhike in order to afford to get to their vacation. They’ve assured them that when they arrive though, they will manufacture some fake coupons to get some free souveniers. This lovely photo was snapped just as a scary trucker pulled over to pick them up. You see what some people mistake for excitement on the kids faces is really FEAR and EMBARRASSMENT ๐Ÿ™‚
    Cheers to all the courteous coupon users out there and love this site ๐Ÿ™‚

  • shelley

    They are coming to Boise and plan on moving here because Idaho “rocks”.

  • Katrina

    philly onSouthwest

  • Tasha

    The dentist?

  • jenny

    Orthodontist. Entire family is getting braces!

  • Lisa thomas

    They just realized that they don’t need to hitchhike to Disneyland because they got a cheap Southwest ticket and saved for their Disneyland tickets using coupon tips from Fabulouly Frugal!

  • Katrina

    They are going to Burley, ID to watch their G-Pa race in the Spudman! Then after the race they will go back and play with grandma because she’s feeling a little left out of all the excitement.

  • They are sitting in the back of their car because they hitched a ride on the ferry… on their way to Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands!

  • Sara

    They are saying……”We are so excited that Southwest Airlines have such great deals we all won’t be stuck driving across the country to visit the Grapndparents in this minivan!! (thumbs up) Thank You Southwest!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • With all the flooding, tornadoes, ect. in the US, they are going to help out others who can’t take a vacation due to natural disasters. It always makes my family happy to help those in need.

  • Amanda French

    If I would have to guess… they are a couple different ones I could think of. First of all my first thought was Disney World. Growing up that is what we looked like when we were going there. It is a great place to spend time as a family and to have fun. Not only is there Disney World down there but there is also the beach, sea world, universal studios, medieval Times, the space station, and so much more. Plenty of stuff to do as a family. I am actually jealous cause my immediate family is going for a family reunion now that all of us kids are grown up but my Husband and I can not go cause we could not afford it. Its in August. Hope I win then. Lol…
    My other thought is that their grandparents live far away so they are excited cause they get to go visit their family for a couple weeks this summer. That would always put a smile on my face. Family is everything…
    Thank you….

  • Heather

    Walt Disney World! They use biometric finger scanning technology so those thumbs will come in “hand”-y! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Haha!

  • Heidi

    I think that they are on their way to see where Happy Days was filmed because they started “The Fonz” fan club and are his biggest fans!

  • jenny

    FOUR THUMBS UP for dad’s colonoscopy!!

  • Leann

    This family is in desperate need of a vacation! The dad is a hard working police officer who puts his family needs first and works long hours. The mom is a teacher, both at home and to others. She loves serving her neighbors and playing with her children. They havent had a family vacation in years and would really like to bond more as a family. They have booked a trip to Yellowstone National Park for an awesome week of camping, gysers, buffalo, and breathtaking waterfalls. They are pumped to see the greatest National Park in the world. Mom cant wait to see Old Faithful, and the boys are excited to see wild buffalo and bears. Dad cant wait to relax with a good book at Old Faithful Inn and to see the majestic hot pools. Yes, this family is very happy to finally get out and have a memorable family experience in beautiful America. One that wont be forgotten………..

  • judy

    Great post’s Ladies!!

  • Debi S

    Kids are going to AZ to get spoiled by family & the Mom & Dad are going to Mexico on a 2nd honeymoon. Woohoo! Everyone’s excited!

  • Elisabeth

    I’m pretty sure their going to the “Thumbs up for Ridiculously Happy People Convention”, and that explains everything! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shannon

    Clearly they are going to Boise, Idaho. Because, who wouldn’t be that excited to visit Boise?

  • Letty

    While those kids may look like they’re excited…they are actually being pinched behind their backs and being forced to look happy about having to spend a week at grandma’s while mom and dad are using their Southwest discount to go somewhere tropical…Now mom can let her inner lush come out and indulge in poolside margaritas while the hot cabana boy rubs tanning oil on her back…and dad can “enjoy the sights” of bikini clad women. Had they taken this picture two seconds sooner they wouldn’t have missed the wink dad sent the camera man.

  • Sandi

    They are going to HIS parents house! Ah inlaws! Who couldn’t Love those in-laws inlaws?? Dad is smiling becasue he has not seen his parents in ages! Boy next to dad is smiling because he really LOVES grammy and gramps! He is the Favorite! Boy # 2 Looks like he is “faking” it, becasue he is! Grampys teeth scare him and he snores really loud! Besides that the whole family is okay with it becasue they get to go to the Mall of America where the boys can wander through Lego land ride the rides and get a yummy snack. Mom on the otherhand can get a massage to relive the stress of the inlaws. Next time, they are going somewhere warm where they do not know ANYONE! she thinks while she books her next flight to Jamacia. ( she will let him know later, hey! It was on sale too!)

  • Laurie

    Definitely Disney. Where else do you go with kids?

  • Tera

    They booked a flight into Portland, Oregon and then rented a car and drove to the Oregon coast but the highlight of the trip was the Tillamook Cheese Factory =)

  • Penny

    This is a true Frugal Family. They got a rapid rewards card, saved up enough miles to get free airfare for the four of them on southwest. Then they saved 40% on their rental car and hotel with southwest and then used miles to pay for the balance. They took their free trip to the Florida Keys, where Grandma and Grandpa live. Grandpa and Grandma took the two boys while mom and dad got to relax on the warm beach. They used restaurant.com gift cards for all their dining and visa gift cards they had gotten couponing for going snorkeling, shopping for beach apparel and deep sea fishing. Everyone is so happy because they are living FabuLessly and it didn’t cost them anything!! Winning!

  • Chelsea

    The entire family is heading to Boise, Idaho to go camping at Redfish lake the best place on earth! Great family vacation.

  • Being from Utah, I can tell you that that family DEFINITELY looks like they’re from Utah (or Colorado) You can tell from how excited they are that they are renting a Jeep and heading out to Moab!! Sure they’re going to love Canyonland and Arches, but the REAL treat is going to be hitting the trails on the 4th of July and experiencing the beautiful sections of our country that haven’t changed much in thousands of years!!

  • amy

    It looks to me like they just booked a trip to Atlanta to eat breakfast all day long at one of my favorites, the famous Thumbs Up Diner! http://thumbsupdiner.com/ It serves breakfast all day long so you can have topsie turvy anytime (that’s what my family calls breakfast for dinner)…this family will be headed to Thumbs Up in no time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • They are heading to the same place that I am heading to on August 12th…the happiest place on earth ~ DISNEY LAND! Perhaps they too have $400.00 worth of Disney gift cards that they purchased a couple of weeks ago to take advantage of the $20.00 catalina that Albertsons gave for each $100.00 purchased. Perhaps they are stocking their cabinets full of free (or close to it) snacks in order to eat cheap while driving 100’s of miles towards the happiest place on earth.

  • Molly

    News Announcer’s voice: “THIS JUST IN: If you have seen this family that goes by the name of Amber, Chip, Timmy and Todd, the government has confirmed that they are a family of “Pod People”. They like to dress in bright or pastel colored T-Shirts and have very white teeth. Notify the authorities immediately. Pod People lay eggs from their thumbs into unsuspecting victims’ ears. You may have heard about these people from the movie ‘Body Snatchers’. They lead the lives of perfectly annoying, almost robot-like, citizens to deceive their prey. They are preparing for their ‘vacation’ around the nation to various motels, hotels and inns. It is easier to lay eggs in the ears of those who are sleeping. Our suggestion is that you invest in an RV this summer, with bars on the windows, and forget your deals you want to redeem on your favorite bed and breakfast. Be extra prepared! Couponers, bring your stockpiles with you wherever you travel this summer. If this family is not caught, the probability of an outbreak of Pod People after their “vacation” is high. They will no longer sneak around under the disguise of a perfect family; they will become violent! Seacrest out.”

  • Sheena

    Given that there’s nothing showing through the windshield of their minivan besides basic gray, I think they’ve taken the ultimate vacation to the nearest Edwards movie theatre (and parked facing the side of the building) to see the new “Cars 2” movie. Maybe they used their LivingSocial deal from 2 weeks ago to get cheap tickets, scored free popcorn from Yahoo Movies by showing the coupon on Mom’s smartphone and had a great time at the movie. They stopped a fellow moviegoer in the parking lot to take a family photo with their best Roger Ebert imitation and gave it 4 thumbs up! ๐Ÿ™‚

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