Just made it back from California and enjoyed the warm weather. We spent a lot more than we planned to, but it was well worth it. The breakdown of expenses on this trip included:
$700 plane tickets (for 3 seats)
$400 extra ticket (for the mother in-law)
$200 rental car for 1 week
$200 Food: dimsum, dinners, Jamba Juice, Pinkberries, Yogurtland, (though we were treated to a lot as well)
$60 gasoline (we traveled a lot)
We also wanted to bless my wife's family on this trip. One thing we wanted to do was help one of her aunts get back on her feet (divorce, single mom, unemployed). The house we stayed in is actually hers, but because of circumstances, she wasn't at the top of her game. We knew she wouldn't accept our money, so we decided to do some sort of renovation, cleaning, etc that would in some way lift her spirits. The house was in a bit of disarray, her room had really old furniture that was falling apart.
We decided to go on a shopping spree for her at the local Ikea. We used the rental car and her minivan to pick up the furniture. It took us a day and a half to pick out and assemble everything, but we were able to rejuvenate her room and perhaps offer her some motivation to get back into the swing of things.
$ 55 Nightstand
So this vacation was a little bit more than we intended, but because God has blessed us with more than we could use for ourselves, we knew it was right and good to share his many blessings.
This is one of the great benefits of hard work, a good savings plan, and a good investment plan. You have the freedom to be a blessing to others.
What can a budget do for you?