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Spending, College & Vacation

July 7th, 2018 at 09:29 am

These next six weeks are bound to be expensive!

We just book three nights at a hotel in the mountains. We are getting the government rate. No points to use because I used them all up on the last trip! Cost is $400.02. We will have gas and food expenses, and possibly a museum entrance or two...but would like to stick to exploring and hiking in the mountains.

I just ordered vitamins, water filter replacement cartridges, and hair products for my oldest daughter. She had this on her list of things she needs to stock up on before school starts. It's still about a month before she leaves, but I went ahead and ordered them and had them mailed to my parents house! They will be there when she arrives and can take to school. I don't want to load up her suitcases too much for the return trip!

We are going out today to find some of the 'lighter items' on her list (clothes primarily). I'm hoping we can get my older daughter's needs taken care of in the next week and then focus on our younger daughter AFTER the trip. It's really overwhelming the things you need to buy to send your child to college. I know the first time I definitely didn't think of everything, and there were extra trips made on the day of move in, and lots of packages sent those first few months. This time, I know even more what is needed, so will do our best to get it all ahead of time!

And I need to make a flight reservation for oldest daughter. I book this one way in the fall and one way in the spring. The rest of us are driving back to the midwest since we expect to have a lot of stuff for our newest college student! Although I think it could be possible to fly, and simply buy everything there on arrival...but it sounds more stressful.

I did use Ebates to get 2.5% cash back on my Ulta order. Here's to at least finding some deals along the way! Smile

9 Responses to “Spending, College & Vacation”

  1. Wink Says:

    Your mountain vacation sounds wonderful. I thought things were supposed to calm down after the kids got older and went off to college! All of the prep work, and logistics and all the little details is a lot to do!

  2. My English Castle Says:

    I will rely on your sage advice in two years when mine goes off to school!

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    I didn't do a good job of saving for these upcoming expenses...I think my big goal is going to take a hit. Frown But in the end, no credit card debt...can't complain!

  4. Jenn Says:

    I remember to save up shampoo & soap (Boys are easier for those.). But laundry detergent & money for the washer/dryer catch me every semester.

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Have fun on your trip to the mountains!

  6. rob62521 Says:

    OK, I had to chuckle over the 2 cents for your rate! Smile
    It sounds like a wonderful get away. Hope you have a delightful time.

    You are really organized as far as getting things for your daughter and her college days. Bravo!

  7. ceejay74 Says:

    Hoo boy, sounds like a lot!

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sounds like you've got this!

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