Trade The Journey

Trade The Journey

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Greetings to All! I’m always thrilled to share my experiences with everyone, whether good or bad.


Visiting with family brings about a mixture of emotions. Alongside the emotions is a mix of expenses that suddenly arise on a trip. For those who to travel to fellowship with your family members, the costs can add up.

I suspect that most people finish the trip with a little more debt or a little less of their income. Some of the expenses are necessary like the hotel fee, pet hotel fee if you have a pet and gas to get to your destination.

Here is where the blur occurs between a need and a want. A trip is as a time of relief. A time to let go of your inhibitions. It’s supposed to be a time of relaxation.

Don’t let the commercials fool you if your not financially secure, meaning you don’t have an emergency fund or your debt is steadily rising past the limit. You need a spending plan. The reality of this trip and many others is that you can afford to be lackadaisical.

One emergency can sink the ship.

My spending plan was to spend a little more than I normally spend on weekends. This plan meant purchasing sushi and maybe one other item. At first, I was hesitant to implement my idea out of fear of being viewed as a cheapskate.


And of course, I was!


I’ve had the experience of it being a great trip with a bad after taste. Meaning, I spent money that I’d still be paying back months or even years later.


The trip is over, and I am still paying for it.


So this time, I went to the local grocery store and brought everything I thought needed for the trip. I brought enough to last for the trip and a little after.

Watching everyone eat their food while I ate a sandwich made me feel uncomfortable. Luckily, my family accepts me for who I am, a spendthrift.

You don’t realize the markup on everyday items until you shop at a Costco Wholesale Business center. Standing in line, you might see a familiar face like the owner of the convenience store you frequent.

She’s buying the item for one dollar and selling it to me for close to four dollars! A robbery and she didn’t need a gun.

Back to the Trip.


Before we know it, we receive a call about an exotic restaurant in town or fun excursions we need to take. Depending on who we’re with, the peer pressure can begin to take effect.

A slippery slope is what we are on. At the end of the trip, we have spent double or even triple the amount we planned to spend.

This trip, I planned not to spend any more than needed. Luckily my family lives in a small town, and there isn’t much to do.


I’d say my spending plan was successful. I made no purchases at the convenience store or the fast-food establishment. The only purchase I made was sushi, which I purchase every week.


Wait! There was one slip up. I purchased sushi two nights in a row. So because of that slip-up, the trip was almost a success.


This week, I’d have to give my self another  “C.”


I’m not advocating never spending money on vacation or declining to participate in excursions in a foreign country.

Nothing of the sorts!

The point of this post is to develop a spending plan to avoid paying for a trip that happened a year earlier. Thinking about potential purchases, you are inclined to make on vacation can help you avoid unnecessary purchases.


Everything contributes to attaining financial freedom whether it folds or makes a sound in your pocket.

Relaxing your view on the importance of this resource will only result in the parting of ways.

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