As this year comes to a close, I began to reflect on one of the most special experiences our entire family got to share. It was one of those things that, although quite costly, turned out to be well worth the cost in how it has brought our family together and even more how it shone a light into some of the ways we are growing individually and as a family.
Imagine having a chunk of change that you have put away for savings and you could dream up the experience you wanted to spend it on for your family. What would you choose? With the number I have in mind we had several options; season tickets for our entire family for the 49ers (they suck now, but eventually when they turn around in 5-10 years, who will be laughing then?), a used truck (this is more for me since I am tired of my Prius that smells like dirty feet), or my favorite, a two week vacation for our family to Italy!!! That would be perfect. This is the exact time in our kids lives to make the big splurge and spend money to build memories that will last a lifetime.
Now, all of these are great options for the kind of money I am talking about. While we have been working on putting this kind of money away for some special splurges for our family, the end of 2017 has also brought our family slush fund down to zero. So, what sort of costly adventure deflated our savings account this year? One word and everything will be clear. BODIE!Read More