I hope you all had a lovely Labor Day weekend! Shane and I had a great time on our tour de Indiana. We made stops in four cities during our four-ish day long trip. It is so much fun to spend time with family, and I really wish we could do it more often.
Here’s some financially related reflections I’ve made from this trip:
– We’re normally debit card-only people, since we prefer to monitor our spending online and like the convenience of it all. But when we’re traveling, we’ve found that going cash-only helps us stay on budget, since we aren’t constantly monitoring our accounts and our spending. This weekend, we used cash for gas (that’s a new experience for me–prepaying inside, filling it up, and then going to get change!), food, and entertainment. I think going this route helped us keep things in check.
– Gas really is cheaper a few miles from the interstate. At least, we can cite one example: In Springfield, Ohio, gas was $3.75 right off I-70. We drove maybe 3/4 mile to the north and filled up for $3.55/gallon.
– Packing a few snacks to munch on would save money and be healthier than fast food junk. Too bad we didn’t do much of that. We had some snacks from home, but we ate too much yucky fast food and gas station food since we weren’t really prepared.
– When police are all over the highways on Labor Day, people tend to slow down and drive like they actually have some sense. This is a good thing. Slower, steadier traffic means better gas mileage and a safer trip for all.
– Turning off our AC and unplugging everything while we were gone saved money on our upcoming electric bill. Typically, we use 10-20 kwh per day. While we were gone, we used about 3. I guess that’s what it takes to keep our fridge running.
– Having a few freezer meals ready to go is a handy thing for the first evening home. I don’t have to run out to the grocery today. Instead, I can choose from a meatloaf, Caribbean jerk chicken, or spaghetti that’s premade and in my freezer.
– Taking a break from the internet for a few days has a restful effect on me.
– Visiting family is a wonderful thing, but it’s not exactly a vacation.
** Unrelated but pertinent to my blog: I’ve been getting a lot of spam comments that have made their way through my spam filter. I’m going to change my comment settings to automatically post comments only if I’ve approved someone’s comment in the past. If you’re a new commenter, then your comment will be held in the moderation queue until I can look at it. I approve all relevant comments but I don’t allow business urls to be posted. Thanks!