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Staycation Ideas


It has been a crazy month already. And I haven’t had a minute to sit down and look at my finances!

The good news is that the monies accumulated last month during #nospendjanuary are still just sitting there. As are most of February earnings.

I’ve decided to wait until the end of this month to make any big decisions. It’s been an emotional week with Sea Cadet’s health crisis, and Princess is out of school this coming week.

So, I need some free Staycation Ideas! She’s going to make some plans with friends, but I’d like to spice up the week with some unique fun ideas.

Any seasoned Staycationers here? Would like some ideas that will break up our normal routine in some fun but super cheap, even free ways!

I’ve been looking at ideas online and found it funny that some many business sites have articles on it:

I like the idea of a DIY project and getting outside a bit. Unfortunately, it’s supposed to rain all week.

We are doing great on not eating out. And in general, have not spent a great deal outside of monthly expenses. And I’m determined not to blow it this upcoming week.

What about you? Did Valentine’s blow your budget?


We Made It – Brand New Month


It is officially the last day of No Spend January. We made it!!! And yes, I’m proud.

Other than the flat tire and replacement, we didn’t falter. In fact, I didn’t even spend my “exception” money…yet. I still have to register Princess for volleyball and get an oil change. But…

Exciting Things in February

We do have a few exciting things to look forward to this month:

  • It’s Valentine’s Day! And my first Valentine’s Day in years and years where I am officially part of a couple.  That’s new. I’ve been drawing and coloring for days to prepare a homemade gift that I will be mailing in pieces over the month. (How do you feel about the increase in stamps this month? I wouldn’t have noticed other than the long distance relationship I am in.)
  • Gymnast is supposed to come for his first visit. (Still working out the details on this, but hopeful it will happened.)

    He’s adjusting to the snow, but starting to miss home a bit.

  • Princess is out of school for a week. (We don’t have any plans, but it will be a nice break.)
  • Princess will start playing for a local rec volleyball league at the end of the month.

Debt Payments

But most importantly, I will be reviewing my financial accounts which I have mostly ignored this past month to make some decisions on debt payoff. Yeah!

Just a reminder, my debt priorities right now are:

  1. Tax Debt
  2. Collections
  3. Credit Card
  4. Car Loan
  5. Student Loan

My student loan is still in deferment and will be until May. So I have a little breathing room to pay off the other debts.

I am anxious to receive all my tax documentation and anticipate getting a refund. I am hoping that between my savings this month and the tax refund, I can get the bulk of debt #1, 2 and 3 paid off. That will feel amazing!

This is the year that things turn for us in a big way. I am ready for that change. I am motivated to make that change.

What about you? Has your excitement over the new year waned? Have your resolutions or goals petered out?