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April 7th, 2012 at 06:57 pm

Well not quite yet, with Easter tomorrow and a work from home day on Monday, but I am back from vacation.

We had a great time. Just me, hubby, and the kids. Very relaxing, ridiculously good weather, the water (pool and Gulf) was so warm. I read all three Hunger Games books, and we caught the movie at the local theater. (The theater was so charming - really small, served dinner and drinks - I've never seen anything like it. I wish we had these up north). Other than missing the pup, everything was perfect.

Going to MIL's tomorrow, so no work to do there. We got the kids some chocolate for Easter. Thankfully they're old enough to understand that we got back to late to do the whole bunny / basket thing.

I plan on getting back to the finances later tonight or tomorrow. I need to balance the checkbook, pay some early-month bills, and see where we stand after vacation.

I'll say this about any kind of splurge, be it vacation, or eating out, or whatever - if you're going to do it, the key is to enjoy it fully and not feel guilty about it, because that takes away all of the fun. I'm not sure yet what the final cost will be, but we planned the trip and had the money put away, so we were able to enjoy it. I think it's really important to budget some "fun" money and then be happy about spending it, no matter what the scale. It makes all the difference...

4 Responses to “Back to reality”

  1. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Glad you had a good time!

  2. patientsaver Says:

    There's a dinner theater up here in CT (not the kind that puts on plays, but a regular movie theater), although I only went there once cus it's so far away. I don't know why they don't have more of those, either. Instead of theater style seating, theyhad small round tables, so you felt like you were at a cafe at night rather than a theater. I would think that they'd make less money than a normal theater becus they can't squeeze as many people in, but they could make up for that with food/drink they serve.

  3. PNW Mom Says:

    I totally agree! Anytime we get tickets to a concert or show, we don't get the absolute best, but we definately get good seats to be able to see and really enjoy the experience. DH and I are splurging on our upcoming cruise and getting a balcony which we fully intend to enjoy and NOT feel guilty at all. This vacation has been planned for a year and is fully paid for so we have some extra fun money to do what we want with and really enjoy ourselves Smile Glad you had a great time!

  4. Jerry Says:

    It is true, stressing out over what you are spending on a vacation undermines the whole purpose and leads to more worries than it's worth. It's far nicer to have some insurance that you can enjoy the time away, and know that the money aspects have been prepared in advance. Sounds like you did a great job!
    Jerry

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