Spring Break for our kids is just around the corner. Hubby gets limited vacation time at work and none of it is paid time off. Taking a vacation for us is a big financial burden. That's problem number one.
Problem number two has to do with me. I'm one of those parents who doesn't allow their kids to miss school for vacations. Maybe it's the teacher in me or maybe it's actually my laziness coming through. Making up a week's worth of schoolwork when you're in middle school is not an easy task. Two of my kids achieved perfect attendance last year and the third only missed one day. Because of my unwillingness to pull them out of school, our vacations are limited to summertime and Spring Break.
We've been wanting to go to Disney World for years now. The last time we went there, 7-year old Big Sis looked like this:
Back then, the boys were in Kindergarten and 2nd grade. I didn't mind pulling them out at that young of an age.
Have you ever searched for a Disney vacation in the months of March or April? Forget about it! The prices skyrocket during those months. For our family of six, it would cost in the neighborhood of ten grand for a Spring vacation. Yeah, seriously, $10,000. I decided to come up with a list...
Other Things I Can Do With $10,000:
- Buy over 250 pairs of shoes
- Go on 5 regular, non-life-changing vacations
- Put $2,500 in each of my kids' college funds
- Build an addition onto our house (I'm thinking master bedroom & bath)
- Eat at Chipotle 4 times a week for two years
- Pay someone to clean my house for four years
- Pay my house off a year sooner
- Buy Hubby a used car or put a serious down payment on a new car
- Give my little cousin a seriously awesome wedding gift next month
A week's stay at a moderate resort with tickets for 7 days would cost us $11,398.24! That does not include dining, airfare, or ground transportation. For funsies, I decided to see what the whole package would cost. With flights and the dining package, it would cost $16,932.68!
I guess instead of this:
We will be doing this for Spring Break this year.
That's just as much fun, isn't it?