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Vacation Update

August 3rd, 2011 at 09:56 am

Iíve barely been here 24 hours and already Iím starting to see the savings. I will admit Iím spending a little more than usual eating out but then again itís already in the budget. I get paid again this Friday so it looks like I may be able to pay for this trip out of take home pay. Stay tuned. I will admit I am going shopping for yet another outfit. I need something all white which I donít have. It will however be the only outfit I buy because Iím so close to the weight limit with my luggage and I donít want to pay an extra $19 if Iím over.

I did use a credit card for my car rental but thatís customary since you have to hold the cost of the rental plus a deposit. I still have enough to pay for that cash. I budgeted $91 for parking because I researched the cost at the hotel's website for the week but it looks like it will only come to $45.50. Thatís exactly half since Iím choosing to park myself. The other $45.50 I will use to pay down my Macyís. Which brings me to update you on whatís going on with Macyís. At the present moment my Macyís balance isÖ$458.83 which is a far cry from the $292 and some odd cents I reported in last weekís blog. Itís still in my budget to afford. However, I decided to return two dresses and three bras that I donít need. Thatís a total of $192.58 in returns. It does bring my total down to $260.31, more than $30 less than the original budget.

My cousin is getting married next week but it looks like I have enough to pay for a dress Iíll need out of take home pay. I still have my vacation budget available to use before I transfer that to my emergency savings. I have another cousin getting married in September but guess what? Iíll be wearing the same dress since my two cousins are on opposite sides of the family and no one will know except my sister. Then again itís not like Iíd care if anyone did. If not I can still use either dresses I bought from two of my cousins weddings from 2008 and 2010. I would have worn the same dress to my cousins wedding last year but they are brother and sister so I wanted to switch it up a bit. Sister got married in í08 and brother got married in í10. I did recycle the shoes I wore in the 2008 wedding last year back when I was a bridesmaid for my cousin. She noticed and was totally flattered that I found a way to re-purpose the shoes she bought me. Iíll have to update you on my vacation budget progress next week since Iíll have a clearer understanding on the financial matters of this trip.

2 Responses to “Vacation Update”

  1. -Jerry- Says:

    I like how you are re-purposing the outfits for different weddings... the main thing is that they look good on you, right? It offers you some great insurance for the budget as well as making sure that you're comfortable in what you are wearing. Nice! I hope that the rest of your vacation leads to some relaxation and great memories.

  2. HousingCounselor Says:

    I love it as well. The best part is saving money. I had a blast on my vacation. Lots of sleeping in. I feel so rested for going back to work.

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