Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I'm Ashamed

I've been a bit leery to post this one. I figured out the cost of our little trip to WI. It ended up being $602 total. I had set aside $215 for the trip but I didn't include the cost of the room which was $184 in that. I had saved $75 in free gas cards for the trip and that would have been enough but we ended up having to take Anna's car. We spent and extra $47(ish) in gas. It was $63 for a WI fishing license. UGH, $63 to catch fish! But he bought the one year license so he can cross the border anytime he wants and not catch anything! We spent a whopping $108 on yummy junk food! And the other $200 was spent on seeing a museum, buying Father's day gifts, thank you gifts for watching the animals and Anna, eating out, and other fun stuff.
I could easily take the money that we spent on food and gifts out and our total would be closer to $402. Either way, it was a pretty cheap trip. Mind you, it wasn't as wonderful as Disney World but for a few hundred bucks, it was nice to get away!
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn<

14 comments:

Annie Jones said...

I haven't calculated a total for our long weekend in Arkansas yet. We went into it expecting to spend between $500 and $750, including room and gas. I'm pretty sure we stayed within that range.

Yes, that could've been a van payment or almost two for us, and no, I'm not one of those who thinks we "deserve" a vacation, but I can tell you we certainly did appreciate our trip.

We cut back and save in other areas that are less important to us so that when we actually do decide to take a trip or make a luxury purchase, we can do so without guilt (or debt).

Queenie Jeannie said...

Sounds great!!! :D

McVal said...

We always tend to go over budget... Maybe because we don't always spell it out. Bummer! But sounds like you had an awesome time anyway!

Sheila said...

I think the peace of mind and enjoyment you got out of the trip should count for something--can't really put a price tag on that! Sometimes you need a change to get back into the day to day living we all do. I'm not sure that makes sense like I want it to but I think y'all did good on your spending--it was a little more than you wanted it to be but not as bad as it could have been.

Frances said...

SonyaAnn, I don't think you should be ashamed. Sure, your trip cost a little more than you planned, but, the fishing license should not be counted, if Den will go fishing again. The Father's Day gift(s) is not a vacation expense....it is a holiday expense.

You planned to spend $474. I don't think you did so badly. And you had a great trip.

slugmama said...

Hey, my feeling is as long as you pay cash for the trip & don't put it on a credit card you can't pay off next month, it's all good.
Don't go into debt for a vacation.
So you find the money from some other spending category....no biggie.

Vacations can be revujenating.
Keeping your sanity counts for a lot.

SonyaAnn said...

Annie Jones-In some ways I think I did really good with keeping the cost down. Maybe. If I compare it to Disney, we did great. And since we weren't planning on a trip, we did ok.

SonyaAnn said...

Queenie Jeannie-Thanks!

SonyaAnn said...

McVal-I'm always saying that I would love some down time and boy, did I get it. There just wasn't a lot of stuff to do! I watched deadliest catch a lot! I'm not a tv person so it was kind of nice to sit and chill. We only have cable in one room here so it was nice to have the tv to myself!

SonyaAnn said...

Sheila-Well, said! It was nice to change it up a bit. It just sucks having to get back in the swing of things. UGH and the laundry! DJ just got back from his DC trip and I'm still not caught up.

SonyaAnn said...

Frances-Thank you my little shining light of forgiveness!
I just hate to spend money and since Anna will be leaving soon for college. I'm still panicking a bit. Every penny that goes out makes me worry! I know that I shouldn't be like that but I know that the title-wave of bills is on its way!

SonyaAnn said...

slugmama-Thank you, that helps. Sometimes the things that I beat myself up about are the things that you all help straighten me out about. It did help to get away. You know how when you go away and then come back and look around and are disappointed with your real life. Its the vacation let down. Not this time, I was so happy to be home. I'm not good out in the "woods."LOL

Frances said...

SonyaAnn, I am so glad you didn't have the after vacation let down!

Stop worrying about the vacation money. It is spent and worrying won't change that.

Now on to bigger worries. LOL!

SonyaAnn said...

Frances-No kidding about the bigger worries!!