I've been interstate for the last two weeks for work. We paid for my husband, who was in between contracts, to come with me for the whole stay-- his flight will be paid for by the extra pay I expect from working the weekend. I asked for an apartment with a full kitchen instead of a hotel, and we mostly cooked and ate in, instead of eating out. We did a bike tour instead of an expensive tour bus, and went to the mountains instead of to the casino. We had picnics at parks. We used the serviced apartment building's free spa, sauna, and pool instead of paying for a gym/massages. After I get paid my per diem for expenses, we'll actually come out $1.50 ahead-- and that's after having a lovely mini-holiday which we didn't count on! That doesn't even include the money we will have saved on our utilities this month!