2019 flew by. Since having kids, it feels like every time I blink, a season changes, and a new year comes around. Time goes by much quicker when you see little ones growing right before your eyes.
We spent New Year’s week in the mountains of Tennessee with relatives we enjoy. Rented a cute cabin on top of the mountain for cheap, cheap! The entire week cost us only $260 for our portion (we split 50/50) of lodging. With that amount we’d be lucky to get a hotel room for a night this time of year. We made a meal plan, split that 50/50, hit up a local Wal-Mart, and bought groceries for the week. That was a big savings. We did eat out twice.
Attractions were expensive. $223 for the four of us to go to 3 different attractions. We had hoped to visit the zoo, and had coupons for free child entry with every adult ticket. Unfortunately it was closed when we went! The website even had their itinerary posted for the day, which was confusing. I guess the web guy made an oops.
The biggest expense of the whole trip? We rented a car to get up there. Our cars are not reliable enough (1999 & 2005) to handle long road trips anymore. $324 for a mid-size SUV, that included the fill up upon return, since their per gallon cost was cheaper than any local places. They ended upgrading our mid-size to a full-size at no additional cost. A 2019 Dodge Durango. I loved it, it was nice, roomy, handled well, and surprisingly gas mileage was really good considering the vehicle! We made the entire trip to TN, throughout TN, until our last day, on a single tank. Only had to put $20 in to get us home. I won’t lie, makes me want one! So much space for the kids too.
But that’s not happening. No worries. 🙂 We have other goals that are higher on the to-do list. I’ll share those soon. Plus our debt pay off for 2019.
Hope everyone had a nice Christmas and a safe, fun New Year.