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Posts Tagged With: planning

We’re in Training…

We all know it’s a good idea to train for a race, but what about training for a family road trip.  No one really talks about that! Last year I joined Moms On The Run, a running group in my area.  I’d never run before and decided joining a group that would help me would … Continue reading »

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Planning a Road Trip

When we first thought about a grand, summer-long road trip through the American West, we were a bit optimistic, I’ll admit. America is a large country. You can’t see half of it in a summer. We learned, however, some important lessons about how to build a workable itinerary: Continue reading »

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Managing Finances

Before we were able to plan our trip, we had to get a handle on our finances. Like many, the mid-2000s found us in more debt than we would have liked and 2009 included the bonus of Bret being laid off from his job. At that point we figured we’d never be able to realize our goal of taking the kids on an extended family trip. Our church was offering the Dave Ramsey course, Financial Peace University, and we quickly moved to an all cash system. Continue reading »

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Cost-Saving Tip: Christmas Gifts

“Cost-Saving” and “Christmas” don’t usually appear together, but we’ve discovered that Christmas can be a good opportunity to exercise some smart planning when looking at big vacation plans.  How?  Well, just think about some of the stuff you’re planning on buying for your trip.  Instead of buying it later for the trip, buy it now, … Continue reading »

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‘Tis the Season!

For those of you who hope to someday travel, who wonder how you’ll ever get there… this is the perfect opportunity to begin implementing a tiny bit of your plan. Instead of asking for things that will someday need to be thrown away, or will no longer match your decor, this year consider asking for experiences for you or your kids. Continue reading »

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