And yes, that also translates to a setback in our goals to get out of credit debt. A $2500 one (counting plane tickets and hotel stay, but not counting baggage claim, cost to keep the dog in the kennel, expenses we incur while on the trip, etc.). Husband was insistent on us taking this trip, and when he makes up his mind to something, he usually gets his way.
I didn’t have much of an argument against it, really. We’re going to Washington, DC with our son, and it’s one of the most economical trips around. The tours are cheap, it costs nothing to see the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol, etc. Plus, it is an educational trip.
While I’m a little disheartened by this financial setback, am I trying to have a positive attitude about it. They are a lot of obviously positive things about our taking this trip. For one thing, it will at least be covered on my husbands credit cards, not mine!
Also, the trip motivates me to do something I’ve been procrastinating on for a while… exercise. I am the WORST at making myself exercise; I always find more value in doing something other than taking care of myself. I thought, however, about all the walking we will probably have to do on this trip, how overweight I am, and how huffing and puffing all over the place because I’m out of shape is going to put a major damper on the whole affair. So now I have a new motivation, at least.
I also have a new motivation to scrimp and save where I can to make sure my goals of paying off debt are not derailed. As I’ve said, I’ve made it my goal to make sure my line of credit and credit card are paid off. I will be working more aggressively to get this done now… and this time, my husbands credit cards are going to be the LAST thing that will get paid off.