Vince Recommends…

This week I am on vacation and I am recommending … family vacations.  Why?  Great family bonding, great memories that your kids will have forever.

But, you ask, how do you afford them?  That’s my second recommendation: Don’t do convenience spending.  What’s convenience spending?  Buying a Starbucks on your way to work, when you could have made coffee at home.  Eating dinner on the way home from your kid’s game, when you could just make something when you get home.  Picking up lunch on the way home from church, when you could just bust open some cans of soup at home.  Going through the drive-thru to buy a $2 soda, when you could bring a 29 cent can of soda from home.  Buying lunch at work when you could have brought something from your fridge.

I’ve done the math, and I think my family saves between $2,000 and $3,000 every year that most other families spend on food and drinks that are really just convenience buys.  And those convenience buys do not bond your family or create memories, but vacations totally do.  And if you can save $2,500 a year, you can go on some pretty awesome vacations.