Guys! Guys! GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m making that check. You know the one. The check! The check that you spend your whole life (thus far) thinking about. The check that you work towards every day. The reason you go to work every morning, the reason you skimp on eating out every night. The check that you feel is your check. You know the one.
I know you’re thinking about your check…but for one minute, let’s talk about mine. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been thinking about this check. I’ve been dreaming about this check. While other people were buying Coach purses or Louboutin heels, I’ve been buying Merona purses from Target and wearing my Chucks with pride. While other people have spent a few hundred dollars on a nice dinner out, we’ve been treating ourselves to In N Out. I know that sounds frugal, but it’s not. We definitely splurge for a double-double every once in a while.
To be completely honest, I’ve been a little frugal my whole life. Don’t go so far as to call me a cheapskate (which may be slightly accurate), but I’m definitely tight with my money. While it is definitely true that we travel quite often, we do so with complete frugality. Let me explain.
When we know that we have time off to vacation together, I spend hours online researching our trips. I scour the internet for weeks looking for the best deals, the best tips, and the best times to travel. Typically our trips are relatively inexpensive (read…better word than cheap). I pack our bags with everything we’ll need to avoid extra costs while traveling, and try to make the most of every trip. So far we’ve been able to see some of the coolest places on our lists. And saving our money for the trip.
I put in overtime on this trip already. While I typically spend a few weeks researching my trips, I’ve been pricing this trip out for over a year. I’ve put in hours looking for the best time to travel, the cheapest time for trips, and the ways to work around the expensive costs. While we definitely got a “good deal,” we are still spending more money than we’ve spent on any other vacation thus far.
So there you have it. My whole life I’ve been waiting for this trip. I’ve always wanted to stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora. While that was the dream, we are actually going to the beautiful island of Moorea (pictured). I didn’t know enough about the islands before my research, so I didn’t realize the islands are equally beautiful (but with Moorea being much less expensive). I could not be more excited for this once in a lifetime experience.
After our trip, I’ll hopefully be able to give you a list of all my tips on how to save some serious cash if this is your check too!