Hello Frugal Confessions Readers! Happy Friday.
Here is my frugal confession of the week:
My husband came up with a great idea about six months ago: to visit my aunt and uncle in Michigan for Thanksgiving. The only problem? When I looked at tickets to the very pricey Michigan airfare market, it turned out that it would cost us a staggering $1400 to fly round trip. WOW! Still, I value spending time with family and knew that this would be a wonderful experience. On top of seeing my aunt and uncle, family was driving in from PA now and I didn’t want to miss out on being together. So I had to find a way to get us to Michigan for Thanksgiving, and to not spend an arm and a leg doing so.
I decided to take Southwest Airlines up on their credit card offer for two roundtrip tickets by opening up a credit card with them, paying a $99 annual fee, and making one purchase (Southwest is running a similar deal now, though you have to make $2,000 in purchases in the first three months for the tickets). Even with this strategy, the free roundtrip ticket offer only covered $800. So on top of this I used all of Paul’s frequent flyer miles he had accumulated this past year from traveling for business. Problem solved! We paid $20 in security fees, plus the $99 in annual fees for the credit card. We also ended up having to rent a car because the trip from the airport to their home was 2.5 hours and I didn’t want them to have to drive five hours just to pick us up.
What a lovely six days we had together!
What is your confession of the week? I’d love to hear it!