Remember how I said I was suffering from high speed internet withdrawal? Well, it was because I was out of town. It’s so hard sometimes because I want to share with everyone what is going on (and in this case how much money we were spending), but I have to stop myself. It’s probably not the best thing to declare publicly that our home is vacant so I hope you understand why I haven’t said anything until now.
We went on a journey to visit our parents. It’s a good ten or eleven hour drive for us. Needless to say, I am exhausted after the drive back and from being busy visiting with everyone. But it was very nice because I only see family about once a year, sometimes more if someone comes to visit us.
This time, we did things a little bit differently. Since we are on a “no spending to get stuff” kick, we bypassed buying trinkets and ended up spending some money for experiences. By that, I mean things like going on a boat ride and going up to the top of a very high tower where I experienced an almost paralyzing fear (more about that later).
I still haven’t tallied all of the travel damage yet, but I don’t think it will be too bad. We did spend one night in a hotel and of course there is the money for gas and food while traveling. We also took the opportunity to buy my husband some new shoes because we were in a big city for part of our trip. The stores around me don’t like to carry his size and the shoes he was wearing had a dime-sized hole right in the bottom of the sole. I’ve never seen someone do that before with a pair of shoes.
As a plus, I did get a huge garbage bag of hand-me-down clothes for my son from my sister-in-law. They will fit my son in a year or so. That was very kind of her to give those to us because it will save us a bit of money.
To be able to visit with my family, well, the trip was worth every penny we spent. I’m looking forward to being debt-free so perhaps we can visit more often than once a year. That’s something else I can hold onto to help keep us motivated.