Before I head off to bed, I’d like to say we just spent a lot of money tonight!
1. The biggest one was $4,000 for the rest of our trip to Israel in November. This is our first real vacation in 5 years since our honeymoon, even if it’s with about 68 of our fellow church members. That makes the total cost (including the deposit and travel insurance) around $4,900 for the two of us on a 9 day trip. While I know we can always do cheaper, I just wanted to let someone else worry about the planning and just enjoy myself for once. Both times in Ireland (2002 and 2003), I drove the whole time and always stressed about lodging, directions and cost. This time, everything except lunches and souvenirs are paid for. Everything. I get to totally enjoy myself.
2. Next was paying down the last $1,500 on my summer tuition off my Discover Business Card. That payment brought us under $30,000 in total debt, but only briefly. Just think, we went from $112,000 to $30,000 in just a few years! I’ll write more about that soon.
3. But the victory was short-lived, as I had to pay $2,600 for fall tuition. I used our Discover card again since it’s 0% for a year (ends for us in December) and I earn rewards. So now we’re sitting at about $30,700 in debt, and I expect to get back under $30k in the next few weeks. I’ll update the debt scales sometime soon.
So it hurt to spend all that money ($8,100) in both cash and credit, but I know it’s going to a well-deserved rest and a hard-earned masters degree.