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Lessons from Costa Rica

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by , 06-11-2009 at 12:45 AM (2890 Views)
As they say in Costa Rica, Hola my friends! It's been a long time since I last posted. Things were so busy for awhile and then I just got lazy.

I have to say, I noticed a definite difference in my spending when I didn't browse FV faithfully. I wasn't nearly as vigilant when it came to my money and bills. I paid a couple of bills late because I didn't check the due dates and I certainly didn't save much. But, I'm back on track and looking forward to a much more frugal summer!

I attended my friend's wedding in Costa Rica in May and loved every minute of it. That was my first vacation in 10 years and it was so relaxing. I think a very large part of that was due to the fact that the entire trip was paid for before I even left for the airport. Knowing that I wasn't going to have any credit card bills (from the trip only, I still have balances that have to be paid) to deal with when I got home really allowed me to unwind.

Of course, there are a few things that I learned with this vacation:

1. It was totally worth the sacrifices I made to save up for the trip. In fact, I believe that my Vacation Fund will be a new line item in my monthly budget. Now, I just need to pick my next destination and start planning!

2. I forgot to budget for things like my cat sitter and other small miscellaneous items. In total, I think I spent an extra $50.00 that wasn't planned for. I need to include these items in the cost of my next trip.

3. No one will die if I take a week off. My work was right where I left it when I returned. There are more important things in life than legal entity integrations and Annual General Meetings - things like fried plantains at every meal, fresh pineapple every morning, a solid week with your best friends, beautiful sunsets, amazing wildlife, surfing, the ocean and warm weather.

4. I look pretty good with a tan.

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  1. Debbie-cat's Avatar
    Awww, I am so glad you had such a great time and I bet it felt good that all was paid for before you even left! Glad you are back on FV...we missed you!
  2. jestagrrrl's Avatar
    Mmm that menu sounds pretty good, i could get use to those mornings, pineapples, ocean breezes mmmm yummy!
  3. frugalwarrior's Avatar
    Glad you enjoyed going. Did you get any good pictures.I would like to live vicariously through you as I will probably never go. lol
  4. TinyDancer's Avatar
    I sure did take pictures! I posted some of them in my Costa Rica album.