Vacation Budget

This time last year we were going to the beach. I have tried to go every year since "C" was 1. Just because I used to go every year with my family and it provided a nice relaxing experience. Got me out in the sun and I have very fond memories of it.

When I was a child I went to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. It was quite a trip from Central Pennsylvania, about 12 hours drive and we usually did it all in one go. We usually left very early in the morning so that we could accommodate that.

This is economically not feasible for us, so we originally decided to go to NJ to go to the beach. It turned out though, there weren't many options for affordable places to stay where I was looking. So we decided on Rehoboth Beach, DE. It was affordable and only a 4-hour drive. Our friends also were going to the same place at the same time, which was a nice coincidence.

We went to the board walk and beach on the first day and "C" ate so much sand I swear she pooped it for the rest of the trip. She was afraid of the ocean with the crashing waves, it was also quite busy. The kids next to us took our sand toys, they spoke Italian and it was a little difficult trying to explain that we wanted them back.

We were then suggested to go to Lewes, DE which was very close by, less crowded and it was on the sound so the waves were tiny and baby friendly. So that is where we have gone ever since.

Unfortunately, with the new baby, we don't have the budget to go to the beach this year, which is probably bothering me more than anyone else. We are going camping this year, which I will write a post about later. For now, I would like to tell you all how I budget for vacation.

I do all of my budgets on spreadsheets in Google Docs. I do this just because I find it easier, I can share them with my hubby and I can change them according to our pay checks or bills or what have you. I know there are apps available out there for finances. I just don't like that they do not change with the money you have, which for someone who is paid by the hour is a must.

As you can see even last year I didn't leave much room for extra spending rather it being spent on eating out. We also brought our slow cooker to use in the hotel for a dinner, and we had a fridge and a microwave so we were able to heat up leftovers and bring stuff to pack for lunches at the beach. All of which saved us some money.

We also choose a hotel that was part of the points program we are apart of and had free breakfast so we didn't have to worry about that meal of the day. It also had a pool which "C" really enjoyed. We usually get a King bed and all sleep together since that is what we do at home. When my sister in law comes we get a roll away bed. 

To help you get some rest, relaxation, and just a time off. Which might be at the beach or at a camp ground like us this year. I have provided a free vacation budget and planner printable, for you to use. 

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  1. This is so helpful 😍 Thank you! We've been wanting to go on vacation, but as always money is tight. So having this to help me budget it out is great! 😍 We haven't been on vacation since our honeymoon.

    1. Oh geez! I can't imagine not being able to have some time to relax and unwind. Staycations and bubble baths work too :)


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