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Trip Costs & More

June 29th, 2018 at 09:29 am

I entered all of our receipts into YNAB yesterday after returning from our Midwest trip for our daughter's orientation. My husband was going to do some of it before we returned, but I offered to do it so I could get everything categorized correctly! He has a habit of putting the charge on one card into the list of expenses on another card. Ironically, I did that once yesterday myself! A reason to have just one card I guess. Smile

I can tell we spent over $1000 on a rental car ($246), one night in a hotel ($121) and food! There were some college t shirts purchased, a calculator for calculus, and a few personal care items needed. We were in hotels five nights. We used Marriott points for four of them so that was very helpful. We had free breakfast everyday, but because we ate out for lunch and dinner we easily spent $80-100 each day. If it was a more relaxing type of vacation we probably could have grocery shopped and eaten that way, but we really were on the go most of the time.

I had saved money for these trips, so we were not scrounging to find the funds upon our return. The remaining balance in the vacation/travel fund is $649. We may take a short three day trip in July as a family. Those plans have not been made, but the hope would be to make sure these funds do cover that trip. I will need to add more funds soon for August traveling to the colleges. One daughter may fly, and the rest of us drive. Not sure yet, but will need to save for those...along with all the new college student expenses. That part is feeling pretty overwhelming!

It's payday, so I will pay off the cards and start budgeting for July! I would like July to be low in the grocery budget, so I need to put some effort there for some simple but healthy meals. After eating out so much on the trip, I really want lighter meals. What do you like to eat that is light in the summer?

4 Responses to “Trip Costs & More”

  1. Wink Says:

    I could use some good meal ideas too. My grocery spending continues to be too high.

  2. Sue Says:

    We bbq a LOT and have a lot of pasta salads - one of our favorites is just a pasta salad which we add tuna or chicken and that is our main meal. Easy to make, NO heating up the kitchen, and tasty!!!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Believe it or not, we have some soup. Then we pair it wish a sandwich. I usually make a huge pot either on the stove or in the Crockpot, we have a couple of meals with it and then I freeze the rest.

  4. ceejay74 Says:

    Not bad for a whole family eating out every day! I know what you mean about wanting lighter fare after a trip.

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