This has been a crazy few weeks. Mark and I took a business/pleasure trip to Boston and then hopped a train on up to Dover, NH a couple of weeks ago. It was well needed time to ourselves. Along the way, he and I learned a few things about our finances. Mostly that we don’t practice frugality when we travel. Even though we have good intentions.
On the upside, I went to Retail Me Not and purchased our Amtrak tickets to and from Dover for a total of $17 each way on a buy one, get one free offer. That was less than the tolls for the toll roads, much less the gas it would take to drive back and forth. We used the MBTA or the “T” subway system for $2 a ticket going to and from the Amtrak station.
We still ended up spending $156 on taxis (business meetings) and $68 on a trolley tour. I know the trolley tours are not the best idea, but it was too cold to walk and we really wanted to see the city. Most of the trip was tax deductible, but we still spent way too much money.
We’re both getting stressed out because Mark has been contracting now for 3 months without a paycheck. The first company he contracted for is now 30 days late paying the 1st invoice and 15 days late paying the 2nd. The 2nd company (and current) is not late for another 2 weeks, so we’re crossing our fingers that they’ll be on time.
In the meantime, I’m very happy that we’ve managed to make our emergency fund stretch to cover 3 months of living expenses. Now to figure out ways to replenish it!