I am back from vacation.
This trip was perfect; from the house we rented to the weather, everything about this trip gets an A+.
My family has not had many opportunities to spend quality time together being spread out across the country. I know that my brothers feel the same way I do about how amazing this experience was for all of our children and it was pretty awesome for my Mom too.
Our vacation budget took a bit of a beating. Although we did not completely break the bank, there were several key lapses in judgment where spending was concerned. The worst part about these lapses…they were all MINE!
Arghhh, I was the weakest link.
I was so vested in maintaining the A+ good time being had by the family that I started spending above and beyond to cover community expenses. Nobody asked me to do this…
I repeat…NOBODY asked me to do this.
So really, had I NOT made some of these extra purchases, nobody would have noticed. I just wanted to do something nice for everyone, which sounds harmless.
It went something like this, “Ohhh I need to make such and such for my brother, because he loves this dish.” Or, “What Darlene? You have never had Sangria, let me go and buy all of this fruit etc. to make it.”
Never mind that the fridge was FULL and we had more than enough to drink, trust me, we had more than enough to drink. Despite this fact, food and drinks just kept magically appearing. We were all contributing so you could not really be sure who bought what.
I was not really aware of what I was doing until the final days of the vacation.
That is when people started to leave and with fewer people in the house, the amount of food and drinks left behind seemed an enormous quantity.
Everyone remaining made jokes about feeding an army, but I know I was not alone in looking at all of the perishable stuff and feeling regret. None of us could take the perishable stuff home. We were looking at a fridge and freezer full of food that we could not possibly eat in the remaining two days.
What a waste.
So, that is why I give myself a C- on the budget. I should know better than to spend for the sake of spending…yet I was so caught up in the excitement of the trip I lost the connection to my better judgment.
Oh well, the trip was still AH-MAY-ZING. I will just note this as a valuable learning experience and be sure to take inventory before buying more stuff at the next family vacation.
How have you done with your vacation budgets?