In my last post, I mentioned how our family is going on a big trip this year. Spoiler alert: We are going to Disney World!
Why do I share this in a post about decorating? Because The Mouse is killing my decorating budget. (OK, maybe killing is a little melodramatic. It’s tearing off a limb [or two] off my decorating budget.) Dan and I knew that Disney World was costly, but we didn’t realize exactly how costly it is. You know my trepidation about traveling with our young children (see this post and this post), so you’ll understand why we’re choosing convenience over cost savings as we plan our trip. We figured we’d still be OK because we really haven’t gone anywhere to speak of since Theo was born, so we had a decent amount of money in our travel budget. We thought we’d be able to supplement the rest of the money needed
Dan’s year-end bonus. Dan did get a very nice bonus, but it disappeared quicker than you can say “property taxes and extra mortgage payment and homeschool expenses and…” You get the picture, right? So, not only did my decorating budget take a hit, but we’re going to have to wait another year to get a water softener, and we’re going to have to funnel all of our extra pennies into our Disney fund. At one point, I asked Dan, “Is it even worth it? Our kids do not travel well, and they catch every germ in a 50-mile radius. What if we invest all this money, and it ends up being a horrible trip?” My hubby is much more optimistic than me, though, so we’re still planning to buddy-up with Mickey and the gang.
Anyhoo… With my now significantly decreased decorating budget, I really had to think about priorities and what we could accomplish inexpensively. Here are my goals: