Did We Stick To Our Family Reunion Budget?
Reunion Fee – $90
Bank Charges – $4
This is because we didn’t bring the cash with us to cover the reunion fee. We figured that we would just go to our bank once we got there. Actually, my brother and father were going to come with me to find local branches of our banks (the three of us use different banks), but then we saw an ATM in the hotel lobby.
I despise paying bank fees, but after being up for about 19 hours, and driving for about 14 of those, we all decided that it was worth it to just pay the fee and get some rest. We were charged $2 at the ATM and then $2 from our bank for using an out-of-network ATM.
Fuel – 139.10
By now, you all know the problems that we have had with our car! Because of this, I drove my sister’s car (she came with us) for the trip down and my mother’s car on the way back up. Because they volunteered to put the miles and wear & tear on their cars (which are both leased), I decided to fill up the tank of whichever car I was driving at the time we stopped for fuel.
I honestly expected to pay a little more, but their cars were able to get great gas mileage!
Meals – 34.02
Because of how everything played out, we only had to buy meals twice during the trip. Actually, we only purchased something once while we were in North Carolina, but during our last stop on the way back, my wife purchased something (personally, I don’t like eating at all during long trips when I am driving).
We were able to grab so much food from the various functions and get-togethers and also from the free breakfasts at the hotel, that we rarely needed to buy anything while down there!
Pictures – 6.93
We printed out some pictures at a local CVS to give to family members. This was unexpected, but definitely not expensive.
Lodging – 207.44
The hotel room was $45/night plus tax. This cost was expected, so there were no surprises here. My aunt retired from that hotel, so we were able to get the employee rate for the rooms.
So, our total for the trip was…
I’m pleased with this number because it came in under what we talked about spending. The only thing that I don’t like seeing is the bank charges for using the ATM.
If we were driving less fuel-efficient vehicles or didn’t have a relative who worked for a local hotel, we would not have come in under $500 for the entire trip!
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