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Just a super – short post tonight folks.   I’m still jet-lagged and the midnight sun compounds it!

But here’s a gentle headsup about summer weekend getaways.

So many of my clients who were feeling broke decided to skip a “real” vacation and instead have a couple (or more) weekend getaways.  Invariably they underestimated, usually significantly, the costs of the weekend getaways.   Typically they thought in terms of about $200, but when they actually tracked expenses of the weekend it was anywhere between $400 – $700.

You may be the exception … but probably not!  So here’s a little test.  Track your expenses next time you go on your getaway:

  • the extra booze
  • the gas
  • the ferry
  • the gift for the host
  • eating out enroute and while at the destination
  • park / camping fees or accommodation
  • toll booths
  • kayak rentals
  • tickets (sports event, shows)
  • dog or cat care while you are absent

There’s nothing wrong at all with getaways or the price of them.  Just give yourself the data about the full costs of these trips so that you can make informed decisions as you stay within your budget this summer.

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Imagine if Canadians were known for being all over their money. Engaged. Proactive. Getting out of debt. Savvy. Saving. Generous. Nancy wants to help. Nancy started her own journey with money over 15 years ago, and formed her company “Your Money by Design” in 2004 to help others along the same path. It’s not the usual financial advising/investment stuff. It’s about taking control of day-to-day finances –managing monthly cashflow effectively, spending appropriately, getting out of debt, saving. If you're ready to take control over your finances, pop by her business site, YourMoneybyDesign.com


  1. et

    I suggest friends: trade homes with them, cook with them, trade pet care, share sports equipment. Doesn’t mean you have to travel or sleep with them.

    Have you ever looked into home swap services? Seems like a good way to save on longer trips or trips to places where you don’t have friends.


    Nancy (aka Moneycoach) Reply:

    et – if you can believe it, it hadn’t occurred to me to consider house swaps for weekend getaways. Palm to forehead! All kinds of ideas are perculating now!


    Jul 14, 2011

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