Just a little help from pina coladas: How to save money conceiving


First let's repeat the mantra: if something is discounted, you did not earn the money you saved. You just failed to spend quite so much. And with that out of the way, a story of a promotion that combines a luxurious tropical vacation, would-be parents, a slightly inappropriate biological tie-in, and lots and lots of cocktails.

At the Westin Resort in Aruba, this is coral spawning season. And starting Tuesday, couples who stay at the Westin with an all-inclusive package and are "inspired by Aruba's coral mating ritual" through December 19, 2009, "and can prove they conceived during their stay," get a $300 'Conception Credit' towards a return visit to the resort in 2010. Along with the all-inclusive package is, this, according to the email press notice we were sent: "accommodations, three meals daily, unlimited drinks (yes, beer, wine and cocktails, too), a $25 dining credit for the resort's fine dining establishments, non-motorized water sports, tax and service fees and more."