This week while I was driving home with my kids, we were listening to Kidz Bop. We were listening to the song Price Tag. We were singing, clapping, eating candy, and getting crazy wild. We were together. I felt complete. I was connecting with my kids at a time that I didn’t expect to. I will never forget that.
I want you to have a humungo, large, gigunda, whopping “memory bank account.” Here’s the deal. You have to fill up with amazing experiences that will become memories. Some of this stuff will cost money. Some of it won’t. (Ask my parents. They love to take naps.)
So why not financially plan and be intentional for the memories you want to create?
It’s the greatest feeling in the world to be doing things that light you up especially when they are things that you have planned and saved money for.
Let’s use this summer as a hypothetical example. Where have you always wanted to go? What have you always wanted to do? How much is it going to cost?
Let’s pretend that you want to go to Hawaii/Carribean for 5 days in August. That’s 3 months from now. Let’s plan a trip just for you. If you have a family, budget accordingly…
- Plane flight $500
- 4 nights at a hotel $250 a night = $1000
- Food = $100 a day at 5 days $500
- Shopping = $200
- Activities = $400
- Rental Car / Parking = $300
- Total Cost for you = $2900
So that means you need to save $1000 a month for 3 months to go on your trip.
This may be too much for you to save. If it is, I understand. So go on a 3 day vacation. Nix the plane flight but treat yourself.
Want the 5 day vacation but don’t have enough money? Not sure where to start? You have 3 ways to get more of it:
- Make the same $, spend less $
- Make more $, spend the same $
- Make more $, spend less $.
You pick. You have the power to choose. Plan, and then go out and DO. Have fun. Live. And make memories.
And as a final note, in honor of Memorial Day, I want to thank all of the men and women who have served our country. I appreciate you. I respect you. I am grateful to you.