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I'm Going To The UK!

March 10th, 2016 at 03:28 am

52 Week challenge opening balance: $2,577.38
Plus Weekly Deposit to EF: $71.02
52 Week challenge closing balance: $2,648.40

What an interesting week it's been! I was trying to work out what I'd do for a holiday now that B is employed and doesn't get holidays for another year, and I really didn't want to stay home.

My friend didn't want to go on a cruise, it was too short notice for her. That's ok, no hard feelings. B suggested I see his family friend in the UK, and so I asked her and she replied back that she would be delighted to have me! I wanted an adventure of some sort and now it's happening!

In around three months I will be seeing a different land, it looks like of castles, rolling hills, quaint cottages and cobblestoned streets! Very excited.

Things like this make me feel so blessed. That I have the means available to go on the occasional holiday. That I have a great husband who understands that occasionally I just want to do something really super awesome. That I have the holidays available. That there is room available on my credit card to book the flight.

There was $143 owing on my card on Tuesday so I transferred some money from savings to bring it down to 0. Yesterday I then booked the flights. I did this because my card has 55 days interest free period but the interest free period begins on the date of the first purchase made.

The flights were on special, I paid $1773 for a return flight to Manchester (our friend lives around 2 hours away from London so this was much easier). The return flights for London were $1550 but then the cost of travel to London and the time spent travelling meant the Manchester flights were a better option. I want to see London, but not straight off a plane.

So it's all very exciting! You never know Scottish Girl I may get to come and see you Smile

B is finishing up his jobs before his new job starts on Wednesday - he thinks he may be done by tomorrow! He needs to cancel his business insurance, superannuation (as his employer will now pay it) and his professional association subscription payment. Unfortunately we just got him a new phone and iPad a few months ago on a higher plan which will probably barely get used. As the contract is 24 months it looks like we are stuck with that.

He got told his pay will be $75,000 a year paid monthly. His business will probably get enough to cover the car lease payment and some spending money but I foresee that while we wait for his first paycheck we may need to dip into the EF for a couple of weeks. Times like these I'm glad we have the EF, because the financial stress is not there - we have money to cover our needs when we need it and soon enough he'll have his first pay and we'll keep on boosting the balance up.

I'm trying to pay as much of the holiday expenses and save as much holiday spending as I can. I transferred the $518 from the Holiday Fund, so it is now $0. As soon as the money is in our checking account I will pay it against the airfare bought yesterday, which will leave $1255 owing. Hopefully living frugally for the moment will repay the airfare balance quickly and cover expenses and spending money. Wish me luck guys!

14 Responses to “I'm Going To The UK!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    How exciting!!

  2. CB in the City Says:

    Awesome! Going to the UK is my dream trip.

  3. Carol Says:

    I am so happy for you--that's a great trip!

  4. My English Castle Says:

    So excited for you! Wish I'd still be here to say hello then!

  5. Beawealthywarrior Says:

    Have fun!!

  6. scottish girl Says:

    Awesome!!!

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    Nice!

  8. Buendia Says:

    Awesome! We'll be there in late June to visit D's mum, dad, sister and our niece and nephews!!! It is pretty wonderful...

  9. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Thanks guys! Very excited Smile

  10. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Have a great trip! Congratulations!

  11. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    How fun!

  12. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Thank you Smile Smile !

  13. bluesfemme Says:

    Fabulous trip, fabulous hubby, have fun :-) I've included my email addy in case you want to ask for any tips visiting - I'll be going on my 11th trip in 18 yrs there in Nov (English hubby). Stayed in Manchester once - cool place.

  14. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Thanks so much for providing your email address blues femme, that's very sweet of you!

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