Many people (especially parents) have a bucket list! From traveling to an exotic location or buying a romantic outdoor hot tub a bucket list is compiled with things you wish to get or accomplish in future. What’s on you bucket list?
My bucket list is long! First and foremost, on my bucket list is to buy a house with my husband. We’re currently moving to a bigger place in the city, but we would love to buy a home in the suburbs when our daughter is older. Besides buying a house one day, all my bucket list wishes are travel related. My husband and I love traveling and we have taken our daughter, Ava, to Europe and the Caribbean already. We have not had alone time in a long time and would love to travel to the Dominican Republic together as a couple for a week.
Due to the financial responsibilities of adulthood and parenthood, many people put off fulfilling wishes on their bucket list. It always seems to be put on the back-burner when it might not necessarily have to. The most achievable thing on my bucket list is taking a vacation alone with my husband. Their is no reason we should be delaying doing so besides actually being able to save the money. So, how do I make this bucket list goal achievable in the near future?
I sat down and looked at our monthly family finances with the help of this easy excel worksheet from SunTrust. We have the typical expenses most parents do – rent, schooling for our daughter, and small credit card debt that we pay off each month. Those are the things that need to be taken care of each month and can’t be cut down. The area I found we could easily cut down was the unnecessary expense of restaurant food. When I looked over all the restaurant receipts from each month, I couldn’t believe how much I was spending! Giving up eating out is something that would allow me to achieve my bucket list wish of going to the Dominican Republic with my husband alone.
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The SunTrust resource center really helped me organize our family finances better than I was doing previously. The, “How much am I spending?” tool really put into perspective how much more money I could be saving for our basic financial responsibilities and even things on my bucket list. With some more breathing room in our family budget, I definitely feel like my husband and I can take that vacation to the Dominican Republic in the next year.
It’s time for a challenge! What would you give up to save money to be able to cross something off you buck list? Tell me in the comments section!
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