Here is the breakdown of our 7 night trip to the beach and a 2 day visit with my brother:
This was the largest expense. We stayed at hotels during the trip there and while visiting my brother. Luckily we have a relative that works at a major hotel chain and is able to pass a discount on to us. The remainder of it which was the big chunk was the condo on the beach that we stayed at.
I found it as one of the deals on Kayak.com. Overall the site was easy to use and compare different places. Unfortunately I should have listened to the reviews. We have stayed in condos and beach houses before but this was probably the most run down and outdated condo we have ever stayed at. I felt like I stepped back into the 80's and the mold and rotten wood set my house fixing senses tingling.
We did our best to keep this expense down. Several trips to the grocery store provided snacks and breakfast. Our condo was equipped a kitchen so I did pancakes and french toast. Some days it was just cereal or a bagel so we could get out to the beach.
One of the nice surprises is the hotel did provide us with lunch for the entire stay. They gave us tickets and we could trade them in for a lunch. The choices were limited but this saved allot of money.
Feeding six and not doing fast food every night was were the majority of the cost came from. You can see it in the break down. When it broke $50 dollars that was probably for a decent dinner. Eating healthy and avoiding fried foods was our goal and we did pretty good at that.
Fun & Souvenirs$387
Not everyday was spend entirely at the beach. We did some shopping for souvenirs and went to an old plantation turned garden. It was full of beautiful sculptures and flowers and the pass was good for 7 days. It also had a small zoo of animals indigenous to the area. My wife and I enjoyed strolling through them as the kids raced around hiding in the mazes it created. One of the other larger expense in this category and actually cost more than the gardens was a trip to an aquarium with my brother and his family. I did not realize it cost that much to run one and pass that on to us. Must the salt water fish. I hear they are pretty expensive.
I did put my wife's frequent visits to The Fudgery in here as well. Can't justify all that sugar as food (sorry dear.) However it is the best fudge I have ever had in my life.
Gas & Tolls
ConclusionThe total cost for 6 people for 9 days of fun and relaxation came to $3,404. That is roughly 567 dollars per person. If anyone can do a vacation to the beach for less than that per person please let me know your secrets.
While this doesn't have much to do with investing I though this would be worth sharing. Any tips you can learn to save money will lead to more money you can invest. My kids will only be young once. I try to balance good memories with them and achieving my goals. That is how I succeed in life.
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