Monday, April 24, 2006

You get what you pay for

This article reports on the average cost/day/person for food/lodging for a vacationing family of four. Clearly, you get what you pay for in looking at the top and bottom lists.

Overall, though, I feel like these rates are high - in the Black Hills you could get a hotel room for under $200, which means you'd have $600 left to feed your family of four for a day. In reality, you'd probably only spend $200-300 to feed your family of four - dropping the average to $125 at most I'd say.

UPDATE: I stand corrected - it's $/day for food/lodging FOR 4 PEOPLE not per person - I read it wrong. Thanks to Alicia for auditing. Either way, you still get what you pay for.

10 Least Expensive States
North Dakota, $191
Nebraska, $191
Kansas, $193
Iowa, $196
Oklahoma, $199
South Dakota, $203
Arkansas, $206
Kentucky, $210
Alabama, $211
Tennessee, $214

10 Most Expensive States
Hawaii, $559
District of Columbia, $518
Nevada, $348
Rhode Island, $329
New York, $329
California, $320
New Jersey, $311
Massachusetts, $310
Florida, $303
Delaware, $294


At April 24, 2006 4:31 PM, Blogger Alicia said...

These numbers do not make any way you drop over $800 bucks a day on a family vacation in the Black Hills. Does each family member get their own hotel room? That's the only way this makes sense...unless the avg. American family is waaay richer than I ever knew.

At April 24, 2006 4:33 PM, Blogger Alicia said...

OK - if you read the website, it's the cost per day for all 4 people, not each person. Now these numbers make sense.

At April 24, 2006 4:33 PM, Blogger Alicia said...

I just audited your blog, by the way. That's what we auditors like to call a reasonableness check.


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