For the first time as a family, and as a first time in my life, we are going skiing.
The reason this is a big deal (beyond the obvious that watching an old lady--me--learn to ski is going to be very funny) is that during the worst parts of the financial woes of the twins in daycare, a minivan payment, and no raises, we fantasized about what we would do when we had $2000 extra per month to deal with. Yes. Those of you with children know what I'm talking about. Those of you without children just re-upped your birth control.
In all honesty, we still have substantial debt to pay off. I'd like to pay it off as quickly as possible and live as spartan as we've lived before to use all that money to pay down the credit cards. And for the most part we are (Stitch Fix, Ipsy, Club W, and Lakeview Farm Fresh Milk Home delivery excepted). FEEL FREE TO USE THOSE LINKS AT ANY POINT!! :-)
But the ski trip is a Real Splurge. And something that, while we can currently afford, would normally be used to make another big payment off those cards.
I. Don't. Care.
I would rather take another month to pay off a credit card and have a family experience when all our kids still like us. We are incredibly cheap in hundred different ways (homemade bread and yogurt are two). I want to see my children romp in the snow, learn to ski, and basically spend quality, active time together.
We'll take a few years skiing in the NC mountains. And then when everything is paid off, maybe we'll check out skiing in Colorado or Utah. Or somewhere extra fancy. Really, the extra fancy is not nearly as important as the short time we've got together before our children are gone out in this world.
Feel free to wish me luck, but refrain from saying "Break A Leg" because I think that's a real possibility!!