If you have $2,400 saved up for vacation and travel, and this is likely to be your last chance for "vacation and travel" for the next few years, why not spend it all instead of limiting yourself to $1,700?
We're reluctant to bring this account down to zero. With semi-regular trips to see family and friends (holidays etc.), we wouldn't want to have to say no to everything.
Whenver possible, I feel that once-in-a-lifetime celebrations like this shouldn't be a time for watching your pennies and sticking to a budget.
Trust me, it's much better for us to have one. Both of use are savers so it helps loosen up the purse strings so we can enjoy ourselves.
Have you considered going on a cruise instead of staying at a hotel?
Yes! Living near a port it is very affordable for us to take a trip down to mexico for a couple of nights:http://www.carnival.com/cms/fun/destination/Mexico/itineraries.aspx?subRegionCode=MB&sort=3
or up the CA coast: (grrr 1 url limit)
We took a cruise for our honeymoon and another 2 years ago. This is certainly a great option, but we've said to ourselves that we want to explore more of the states. It's hard to say when that might be feasible but our next trip after this we'd like to take a trip to New England (maybe a cruise).
I agree with the others. Spend the money and make it a memorable vacation. Once the kid arrives, your lives are going to change dramatically, and carefree trips like this will be history (one major reason why we chose not to have kids).
Yup, vacations for a while are going to mean going to see Grandma and Grandpa. We'd like to be able to take our kids on trips to see some of the great things the US has to offer, but that's TBD.
bill o wrote:
If you are going to be out all day exploring and come home dead tired you don't need the fanciest hotel, just something comfortable and clean. I'm sure you understand what I am getting at.
Sure do, of course if we could do it comfortably it would be nice to do the resort. Maybe I'll look into a bed and breakfast or something.
Ask your wife what she would prefer to spend money on.
She said she'd be OK getting a less expensive hotel and splurge more at the spa.