This is our first California Christmas vacation report. (Definitely not going to be the last one, we go back to California from Seattle, Washington every year to see family.)
Initially, I didn’t see the point of tallying up the total for our vacation – but in the long term – this will not be the only vacation or Christmas holiday trip we will take so I would really like (at least for myself) to be able to track the expenses in the form of an expense diary. I’ve asked Hubby countless times how much was our airfare from last year and either of us can even remember the first number.
I went into holiday mode with the word ‘splurge’ in my mind.
Splurge can mean different things but our definition of a splurge is definitely doused with raw fish and rice vinegar.
All we did was eat, eat, eat. In our defense, a lot of people we scheduled to hang out with got sick so we canceled. We didn’t want to risk getting the stomach flu back to the jam-packed airport and then infecting our Airbnb guests at home. Overall, it didn’t feel like a complete Christmas but it was FUN. We got to know the in-laws a lot and Hubby’s father thinks I’m hilarious, so, WIN!
My in-laws are a big Star Wars fan. I have never…ever…seen any Star Wars. On New Year’s Eve, the family put on the first and second Star Wars movies for me to watch. You’re not part of this nerdy family until you watch at least one Star Wars movie. The V Star Wars movie is definitely better than the IV from a purely cinematic point of view.
All those episodes parodies of Star Wars from Family Guy finally make sense to me now.
|Transportation||$146||Flight for 2 to San Francisco|
|$11||Return flight for 2 to Seattle|
|$42.20||Lyft taxi ride to Seattle airport|
|$46||Transit bus from airport to parent's house|
|Gifts||$29||White Elephant gift + Boo boo...|
|Food||$2.74||4 AM fries at the airport|
|$6||Tip for sushi (parents covered rest)|
|$30||Sushiholic (name of the joint but also me.)|
|$60||Sushi....party tray...for myself|
|$5.10||Dollar Tree (gummy bears and cheap toys for me.)|
|$25||Checked luggage fees|
The Lyft ride was unplanned. We overslept after the alarm failed to go off. We had a red-eye flight (early morning flight) and decided it wasn’t worth 3 miserable hours on the train with baggage in chilly 35-degree weather to Sea-Tac.
Almost everything in the airport was still closed but my favorite café, The Hudson, before TSA was miraculously open. Usually, airport food is expensive but this joint I found had a generous box of yummy french fries for less price than the price advertised and it was sales tax-free!
Hubby and his father have a lot in common. One key principle is that they both HATE driving in the city. Any large metropolitan city has their share of congestion and San Francisco is no different. We took the Marin Airporter for $46 and his parents picked us up to their house for the rest of the way. We took the Marin Airporter on the way back as well but the parents insisted they pay for it since it’s their fault that they didn’t want to drive into the city.
OK, this one is embarrassing but my White Elephant gift – a box of bath bombs and a box of “chocolates” was expired. I purchased both boxes online in May of 2017 and held onto them for Christmas. A few days after Christmas, the receiver (my sister-in-law) texted me and told me not to buy it from the online seller because they’ve been expired since 2016. The Japanese “chocolates” were actually stale Japanese cookies.
Oof, if I could crawl into a hole and hide…
White Elephant gifts are $25 or under per gift but mine was a little more expensive to make up for my mistake. I insisted on making it right and I did have another gift in mind specifically for her but because our family played the Christmas White Elephant game, I was afraid it wouldn’t reach her if someone opened it or decided to make a steal.
Originally I wanted to save it for her birthday but now it’s a reparation for feeding her expired cookies.
Anyways, LOOK HOW CUTE THIS THING IS. Wahhhh! It’s a pochi owl silicon coin purse. She has a favorite owl bag so I bought her an owl pochi coin purse.
My White Eleplant gift was from Hubs sister and it was a bird feeder with 6 lbs of bird seeds (THAT was fun to take to TSA! xD). She also gifted me a Pusheen plush just because she likes me.
Or liked. I gifted her expired food so I don’t know how much she likes me now.
PIC HEAVY! 😀 In no particular order…here are some things we ate during the week-long holiday trip. The first lesson for next time is to take better photos. The second lesson is if something is a good deal but you order a large amount of it then you’re not really saving any money…😓
I have a $100 credit from Airbnb for retaining my Superhost status but we didn’t use it this winter as planned. People were sick so we never had to overnight or look for accommodations. The credit expires in October of this year so we have plenty of time to use it.
Yes! I only spent $10 on new clothes for Christmas. I didn’t realize this until I was tallying up this expense report. My cherry blossom dress was $7 dollars. I thrifted a super soft Nike shirt for $1, a green dress for $1 and another sweater top for $1. Last year, I spent almost $300 on Christmas clothes (before I had this blog). Now that I publish my expenses reports and thrift for myself, I am no longer willing to spend $300 on clothes for the sake of “appearances.”
Personal finance bloggers can benefit a lot from their own blogs because it’s used as a point of reflection. Also, random strangers on the Internet will be judging you.
The random Dollar Store run was a craving attack for gummy bears. Don’t laugh, it can happen to anyone.
The checked luggage fee was a necessary evil. We had to haul back some of the mess from the parent’s house. Now, instead of cluttering up their home, it’s cluttering up ours. Yay.
I was not exactly happy about paying $25 for a large luggage of junk that’s worth $20. This caused a fight between us that lasted a few hours. Some things were sentimental to him; I’m not much for sentiments. My previous life, I didn’t have too many possessions and I don’t feel anything towards the things I had. I partially congratulate that feat to my parents for moving often, evading my room constantly, throwing things out whenever they felt like (including my borrowed library books and school books for some reason) and all sorts of their crazy “parenting.”
I didn’t understand why my husband was so keen on keeping his first apartment lease, an old and dirty bunny stuff animal, or his mid-term from middle school. I guess if you had a happy childhood, you’re keen on keeping those things. My theory is because he’s a huge sissy. 🤔 He won out in the end and we paid $25 for a box of sentimental feelings.
Does anyone side with me on this or am I a sociopath? Do you still feel attachments to things like stuff animals and term-papers?
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