In short, our goal is to
provide the resources, assistance, and tools necessary to
strengthen family bonds, encourage families to become more
active, and help families find ways to save time and money.
But who are we?
First and foremost,
this is a very close family of four. The parents--Angela and Tim...that's
us--have been married since June 2001 and are more than husband
and wife; we are the best of friends. Our two sons were born in
June 2008 and June 2010 and are the center of our universe.
When we got
married neither of us had a savings and we were both in college;
in short, we basically had no money period. We have been through
a lot together, but we've also experienced a lot...and honestly
we wouldn't change a thing if we could.
We are very passionate about our
family and the importance of family in general. We both graduated from the University of South Florida in
Tampa in 2006 and have lived on Florida's Space Coast ever
since. We have traveled to seven US states, Russia, Puerto Rico,
and throughout the Caribbean--mostly before we became a family
of four--always on some kind of budget and
with tons of advanced planning and research.
We still don't have much of a
savings to speak of and we have debt to pay off. That just goes
with being a family living off of one income. Tim works
full-time and Angela has been a stay-at-home--and now
homeschooling--mom since she was pregnant with our first son. We
chose this lifestyle not because it's easy, but because it keeps
us close and alive. We believe it's not enough to just live life
if you're not also experiencing it.
Despite struggling, we are a
very active, adventurous, and outgoing family. Our first
vacation as a family of four was to North Carolina and
Tennessee, when our youngest was not quite 15 months old. We
hiked, went to an Old-West-style theme park (Tweetsie), and visited
Ripley's Aquarium. To this day, our sons continue to ask us when
we'll be returning to that theme park, which is not well-known
and was a place we stumbled upon almost by accident!
We also have a small travel
trailer, something we purchased used as our family Christmas
gift in 2011. We love traveling and camping...and anything that
takes us outdoors, to be quite honest. If our boys had their
way, we'd sell the house and live in that trailer; our oldest
son came up with a very detailed plan to make that possible, and
oddly enough his plan includes getting rid of most of their toys!
Coming from the Tampa Bay area,
we are also avid NFL, NCAA football, and NHL fans. We have
already taken our sons to two USF Bulls football games and one
Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game. We certainly plan to attend
We also love museums, zoos,
aquariums, and science centers. This wasn't anything we pushed
on our sons in hopes of having two brainiacs; they developed
this love all on their own! And yes, we are always right there
alongside them, getting dirty or wet, performing some sort of
experiment, or whatever. It's good, "clean" fun!
Rarely do we ever buy or do
things without a coupon or without it being on sale, and we
hardly buy anything new or branded. Our clothes are very rarely
ever purchased new, we get our meat and produce from a local
produce market much more often than from the grocery store, most
of our foods and household products are generic, and we keep an
eye out in mail flyers, on websites, and at the stores for
coupons and sales. We also don't purchase soft drinks or juices
that aren't truly 100% juice; that's just throwing money away.
Well, that's a little bit about
us, just so you know where we're coming from and that we do know
what we're doing and can relate to you because this really is
our lifestyle, and it always has been. You can't afford to spend
frivolously, especially today, but you also can't just sit back
and watch life pass you by and see your kids grow up so darn
quickly without experiencing life...together. Life is
just too short.
As for this website,
yes, we know Family Bandage isn't a novel, ground-breaking website.
We're not pretending that it is. After all, there are
thousands--probably millions--of websites that list places to
go, things to do, specials of the day, et cetera.
However, Family Bandage is
unique in that we're not asking you to become a member of our
cause, we're not asking for your money, we genuinely care about
strengthening family bonds, and we do a ton of research to bring
together up-to-date information that families can use. We just
want families to become families again and enjoy being
together and being active.
Family Bandage hopes to help
you and your family by providing ideas specifically for families to do
things together and money-saving deals for places to go and
things to do, and right now the bandages listed here are
in the United States and Canada. We know parenting isn't easy,
and it's certainly not cheap either--after all, we do have two
very active sons--but there are things you can do together
that won't break the bank and will strengthen the bond
between children and their parents and loved ones.
But why did we decide to build this website and provide this information?
The idea was born on September 10, 2012. We were preparing for our annual
week-long family vacation--which started the following week and
was actually a "stay-cation"--by researching local family things
for us to do in the area of our destination. We weren't planning
anything big. After all, we weren't visiting any theme parks,
despite going to Orlando. We were just getting away from it all
for 6 days.
While searching for ideas, we
noticed many sites either required logging in or signing up for
something in order to get information, provided outdated
information or broken links, were overrun with pop-ups, or had
more ads than information. It was annoying! We were irritated
and just wished there was one website that we could go to that
had this type of information without all of the garbage and red
So we decided to create a
website ourselves, to help us and other families in need of this
information and these resources. We're not big-name and internationally-known
theme park fans, and as a homeschooling family of four living on
only one income we also watch what we spend very carefully.
Furthermore, we are a very close family and do everything in our
power to stay and do things together.
That was the foundation for
this website: a place with unique and interesting ideas and a resource for discounts and
information, without any of the red tape.
We decided to use
the term "bandage" because we can all relate to how much
bandages helped us feel better when we were kids...and how they
seem to make our kids feel better even today.
When we were growing up, bandages seemed to fix everything.
that and a kiss from a loved one.) So the "bandages" that we provide
here are meant to help strengthen family bonds and
hopefully repair families that have grown apart.
with traditional bandages, the deals and ideas presented here will
neither mend nor strengthen families overnight. By way of frequent
application, though, you and your family will soon rediscover what
family really means, how great it is to be active, and how you can
save money. And that is why we created this site.
We hope you enjoy our
website and find it convenient, helpful, educational, and
While the deals and ideas
listed on this website are intended to help strengthen families
and help families save money, we provide no guarantees. All sites that you
view, ideas that you attempt, or deals that you take part in are
done so at your discretion. Family Bandage and its owners and
affiliates assume no responsibility or claims of guarantee and
are indemnified from all claims and liabilities whatsoever. In
other words, you assume full responsibility for you and your
family. We've simply led you to the water; we're not forcing you
to drink it.
We also do not discriminate.
It is our intention to try to include activities for all walks of
life, ages, social statuses, and faculties. We understand that
not everybody is able to safely partake in all ideas and deals,
and we're not assuming everybody can. What you do and choose is
up to you and at your own discretion.
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