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Glad the week is over

March 9th, 2013 at 05:37 am

It was a loooong week at work. Tons of meetings with no "real" work getting done. Unfortunately, it means I need to do some this weekend, but at least I'll be in the comfort of my home!

Today we have a basketball game and an indoor soccer game, with an entire house to clean (really clean) in between. Tomorrow we have nothing on the agenda, except the above mentioned work, so I should be caught up by the end of the weekend.

On the financial front, March is shaping up to be a tough month, as expected. We got the taxes off to the accountant last week, and are waiting for the results. In the meantime, groceries and gas are the two areas that I need to try to really hold down so I can end the month where I expect.

I had an amazing bout of willpower last night, that I hope will last. Hubby was supposed to have a business trip when the kids are on spring break, but it was cancelled. He suggested going to our favorite place in Florida for the week, and found round-trip flights for $258/pp (great price).

I was SOOO tempted to jump right on it, especially given the snow and all around crummy weather we've had. But when I really thought about it, that would be close to $1200 airfare, another $1300 for the house rental, $400 or so for the car rental, $200 for car service to the airport (limited and expensive parking for your own car), $300 to board the dog, plus dining out and other expenses when we got down there. Our "hey these are really cheap fares" vacation was turning into a $4,000+ vacation.

I suggested to hubby that we forego. Given the big uncertainty with the tax situation, and the HELOC I'm trying to pay down, I couldn't justify it. I think he was ok with that, but the topic may come up again. I'll have to steel myself for it Smile

4 Responses to “Glad the week is over”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Yes, cheap airfare, definitely doesn't justify the other expenses that get added on sometimes. A very wise decision, if you think you will have a large tax bill.

  2. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Totally understand this perspective. Those extras really do add up quick...and can seriously derail a budget. Hope you also find time to rest this weekend!

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Yep, all those little added on costs to a vacation are probably why I haven't taken a non-family seeing vacation since 2005!

  4. snafu Says:

    When these temptations pop up I look around for a fun 'stay-cation' locally that we've never explored. Last year there was a Chili Cook-off Contest with chefs from starred restaurants vying for a trophy. It was cheap, fun, different family day. All the chefs ran a patter to plead for votes and every one of them had a totally different view of 'Chili.'

    What's local for Spring Break?

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