Sunday, January 8, 2017

Pics from the Weekend

This was our little cabin in the woods.



Saturday, January 7, 2017

Entertainment Expenses

One area we have decided to spend more on is entertainment.  We want to have more experiences and are willing to pay for it.

Last weekend we went to Wisconsin to spend New Years with two of my sisters.  We went tubing at a ski resort there.  It was expensive but totally worth it.  Lil G even lasted for the entire 3 hours.  He was a trooper.  Punky had a blast going down with my sisters, brother-in-law and her cousin.  It was fun to travel to see them.  I miss them so much.  We even talked about moving to be closer to them.

We are currently renting a rustic cabin in a state park.  We had actually planned this trip a few months back with friends.  We each have a cabin for our families.  The cabins have electricity but no other amenities.  We brought an electric skillet with to cook breakfast tomorrow as there are no cooking facilities.  We rented cross country skis today and went sledding.  It was so cold though, about minus 10.  We are now hunkered down in our cabin.  Y and the kids are watching a movie on the portable DVD player and I'm catching up on blogs while appreciating the fire and being in the middle of the woods.  We had a couple bottles of wine earlier with our friends and played a dice game.  These are the times that memories are made of :)

Next weekend we are planning on going to Monster Jam with the kiddos.  Lil G is excited to see Grave Digger.  It's crazy that monster truck is still around because I saw it more than 20 years ago.

We are comfortable increasing how much we spend on entertainment.  We feel that it does improve our quality of life.  Anybody else spending more and enjoying it?


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Almost Free Vacation

We are going on vacation next month to Arizona.  We fly into Phoenix, will stay one night, drive to Sedona the next day where we will stay for two nights and go back to Phoenix to a water park for a couple nights.  I have used credit card points to pay for most of it.  We signed up for the Barclay card this past year and used it for everything.  We were able to use those points for all but $167 for our flights.  I used my previous points from my US Bank card to rent a midsize SUV.  I used previous points from my Chase card to pay for the hotel in Sedona for two nights.  I was a little short and had to cover $98 for that hotel.  I signed up this past year for a Hilton card.  I used it a minimal amount but was able to get enough points to almost cover 2 nights at a  Hilton Resort which has a water park for the kiddos.  I had to pay $100 for additional points to cover the Hilton hotel.  So far, I've spent $365.  I do still have to cover the first night in Phoenix but we will just get something mediocre since we get in late that night.

We plan to drive to the Grand Canyon from Sedona.  I also want to go the Butterfly museum in Phoenix one day.  I would also like to go hiking around Sedona with the family.

My goal was to use points for our whole vacation.  I'm very close to doing it but it won't happen this year.  Plus, we will not have any points after this vacation to keep for next year.  I'm ok with what we have but I'm going to aim for a completely free vacation next year.

Has anybody else used perks or points to vacation free?  I love hearing others stories as it inspires me.