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Vacation Budget

February 6th, 2018 at 07:02 am

After a low spend January, we had extra funds to allocate. I finally took care of that yesterday, by adding $1000 to our vacation budget. We are definitely going to be on the move this year, so the budget needs help.

We potentially have a small beach vacation with family that will visit in June. The beach is about two hours away, so no airline tickets, but contribution to a rental for sure. And food!

We are going to need to travel to our youngest daughter's college for orientation in June. We likely could skip it living so far away, but we think since we can make it work, it will be helpful as part of the adjustment living away from us to have more experience on campus. We will likely fly for this event. Hotels also needed.

We also want to fly with our daughter and help her move in to her dorm in the fall. Ironically, while typing this message a parent online was asking about storage and moving solutions for out of state students. In helping her I found two that we may be able to use to have her items transported so we don't need to drive 20 hours! We think we will send her bike, so that is bulky. Although maybe it's better to sell it, and buy another one. All things we need to figure out.

Then we would like to visit both girls in late fall, maybe for Thanksgiving. The point is our budget for travel is going to start to be a bigger expense than ever. So it felt good to add $1000 in just one month.

I think I can cover spring break for our daughter with Southwest points. Yay!

5 Responses to “Vacation Budget”

  1. livingalmostlarge Says:

    Congratulations on having a senior going to college! Wow time flies and an empty nest.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    I wish to thank you for wanting to do the orientation. When I went to college which was 3 hours away, no one in my family had ever been to college. My parents didn't come up to anything. Part of it was money and part of it was they probably never thought about it. I know there were times I felt so alone, especially on parents' weekends when I would see families together.

  3. frugaltexan75 Says:

    It sure does sound like you'll need a plump vacation budget!

  4. MsGoose Says:

    I'm new to your blog, but I think I read before that you use Swagbucks. Do you use any other point earning sites that can help cover your travel expenses? I use a few other sites and one of them is an easy, passive way to earn extra gift cards.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    Welcome MsGoose, yes, I also use MyPoints, but beyond that I don't want to spend the time on earning sites. We do earn cash back on credit cards and have Southwest Visa and Marriott Visa for earning miles and hotel points, both of those will help a little.

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