Oct 05 2009

Preparing for a trip — and link love

This week, I’m getting ready for our family to make a big week+ long trip to visit family. I’m nervous. Lately, Johnny has been able to sleep for short bursts in the car, so that’s giving me hope for our 400-mile trip. Also, the guy is into everything now. It’ll be a busy trip keeping him safe and things unbroken. Still, I’m looking forward to seeing family and being back in my home state. Some things I’ve gotta do before we go:

  • Car needs oil changed and its 30,000-mile scheduled maintenance
  • Fridge needs emptied of perishables. We’ll eat from the freezer and pantry as much as we can.
  • I’m going to buy some disposable diapers for Johnny. We probably could use our cloth while away, but I think we’ll just do disposables this time around.
  • By golly, we’re going to pack food for the road. Fast food along the side of the interstate just isn’t that good. OK — fast food anywhere isn’t that good. After spending much of the day in the car, we arrive feeling so tired. I think we’ll do better if we eat things that aren’t total junk.

Links to look at:

Mrs. Micah has a great post pointing out that yes, while your house might have sold for a more than you paid, you do need to factor in the interest paid on your loan when you consider your net gain. Chips away at the profits a bit, doesn’t it? Toss in property taxes, PMI, homeowners insurance, upkeep and realtor fees…and I think it’s a pretty good deal if you can just break even when selling a house.

Do you pay to have your things live in a storage locker? Why? For a short-term solution, like if you’re moving and plan to store things for a few months, storage lockers are a decent deal. For a long-term, no-end-in-sight situation — please reconsider. It’s probably cheaper to sell or give away the items that don’t fit in your home and buy different ones later. Or, figure out a way to make room in your home by purging things from your closets or adding shelves. Consider the case of the woman who paid $48,000 to store her possessions in the linked article, and I think you’ll see why paid storage units can be a terrible deal.

New blogger Tiffany has found a way to salvage those awful Sesame Street baby wipes at the Dollar Tree. DO NOT BUY THOSE WIPES. But, if you end up with some, here’s how you can make them a little better.

2 Responses to “Preparing for a trip — and link love”

  1. YAY road trips!

    And oh my goodness, I know how you feel about the fast food. Every time we eat it on the road we are SO sorry. We spend the whole trip feeling bad.

    Unfortunately, it’s such a long drive for us, that we have trouble packing enough good food to keep us full for a WHOLE day of driving. When we’re in a pinch, we try to find a Subway. If we split a $5 footlong it’s not too expensive, and it’s not gross and greasy.


  2. Thanks so much for the link love!
    .-= Tiffany´s last blog ..Truly Awful Wipes…and How I Rescued Them =-.

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