NYC on a budget!

You may remember a month back when I posted about the AMAZING flight deal my husband found for NYC.  Well, last Saturday we packed our backs and hit the road for O’Hare International Airport.  We got to New York late Saturday night and left early on Wednesday.   It was an amazing trip and a surprisingly inexpensive vacation (for being in a tourist trap big city!)

NYC on a budget!

NYC on a budget!

Since I have been giving tips on finances and how we as recent college grads make the most of our money, I thought this trip would be a great example to show you how you can travel for cheap if you save throughout the year.  We have been putting $50 a month towards a travel fund.  If we have leftover money at the end of the month and have paid a significant chunk towards our debts, we put it in our travel fund as well.  By doing this, we pre-paid for our vacation.  We paid cash for everything accept for the flights as well.   It was great feeling to enjoy ourselves without breaking the bank!

How much we spent:Including all flights, transportation, accommodations, food, museums, souvenirs, etc we were able to spend just under $450.

How we did it:   Continue reading


New York City, here we come!

Hey all!

Finding inexpensive yet awesome ways to have fun is tough when our favorite fun activity is traveling.  I love traveling but I always feel like it is too expensive, then my awesome husband proves me wrong.  

One of my best friends lives in New York Coty right now.  Cody and I have always wanted to go.  Today he surpised me by finding flights there.  How much are we spending?


Total. For round trip flights for two.   

If you are willing to pack lightly and look for great deals, traveling can be much more inexpensive! 

Obviously, we will be looking for great deals on while we’re there as well, which I will post about when I can, but for now, I’ll dream of a fun spring break in NYC with my best friend!

My goals

I believe having goals is very important.  This year, as I am exploring the Five F’s, I have tried to make goals that will encourage me to learn about these.

Finances: Cody and I are going through Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey through a Small Group at our church.  It is definitely already making a huge differences in our finances!

Fitness: Ask anyone who knows me – I am not the sporty type. I’m more of a read a book, watch netflix, and bake cookies than do anything athletic. But I am trying.  This month I am starting with Yoga.  I found a 31 Day yoga course online through a fantastic site and I have been really enjoying it.

Fellowship: Since getting married, Cody and I have worked to find a church (success!) and are now getting involved in small groups to meet some people!  My best friend told me to get on this asap.

Fun: I have a lot more free time than I did a few months ago.  I have decided to explore hobbies I have always been interested in.  My goals include books I want to read this year (including Harry Potter finally. . .), learning languages (ASL, French, and Spanish), and learning instruments (guitar, ukulele, and piano).

Freedom: I am trying to get my priorities straight and finding ways to enjoy spending my time. This links to all of the other F’s in that they are all taking some of my time to explore.

What are your goals?  What aspects of your life would you like to feel more in control of?  Are there hobbies you wish to pursue but I have never found the time?  I challenge you to take the first step and set some realistic goals and tell someone about them so they can keep you accountable!

The Five F’s:
Financial Peace University:
Yoga by Candace: