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As the mother of two, Oakes shares great ways families can travel and stay on budget.
When it comes to holiday travel, she recommends you book early.
"I think we start losing options and therefore you're potentially spending more money. The longer I wait to book what I need, the fewer choices I'm going to have because everyone else is starting to realize the holidays are coming, where are we going to go, who are we going to see," Oakes says.
She and her husband John have two boys, and if you're traveling with kids, try to fly early in the day, when airports are less congested.
"In case there is a delay, you don't get bumped later from a later flight. Children are usually fresher in the morning and you aren't dealing with missing nap times or things like that, so definitely travel in the morning if you can," Oakes recommends.
Remember travel agents? We get so used to Internet websites to search for deals, but Oakes says pick up the phone and give an agent a call.
"When we went to Disney World last year, we used a Disney travel agent. She ended up being able to get us some discount on the Disney food plan, which is very expensive. It was really great to save that little bit of money by booking through her," Oakes explains.
She has turned travel into a science, even posting a series of printablepacking lists on her blog. This way, you don't arrive at your destination, only to blow money on items you have sitting on the shelf at home.
"I don't like getting places and not having what I need and I don't want to go shopping," says Oakes. "I want to stay and be done!"