Saying No

 What is it about deciding to be more frugal and money savvy that suddenly brings an onslaught of delicious (and expensive!) choices right at my doorstep?

First, the hubby's sister invited us to go with her and her kids to Vietnam. Halong Bay is right up there on my travel list, and traveling with my new family just makes the deal extra-sweet. And to top it off, my SIL was springing for accommodations!

It was almost perfect except for the fact that we don't have Php30,000 - Php40,000 just lying around to finance that trip. I could charge the tickets and borrow from my emergency fund, but really, I've had enough of charging trip expenses and then cursing myself for the next few months while trying to pay off everything. Besides, trips are not emergencies.

Same with the trip to New Zealand this December that my parents are planning for my sister's birthing (approximate expenses Php80,000 - Php100,000). It took me about half a year to wipe out all my 2011 NZ and Fiji expenses, and I don't even want to think about how much I spent in finance charges.

Aside from trips, there's also the Phantom of the Opera tickets that I'm lusting over. Non-nosebleed seats are at Php3,500, so that's Php7,000 for the hubby and me. Ulp.

As much as it pains me, I'm saying No to all of the above.

I know that the hubby and I will be able to go to Vietnam and New Zealand on our own dime, without stretching our budget. And as for the Phantom, we'll be seeing him in Broadway when we make our way to New York in the future.

I might miss out on some memories, but I know that memories that will not put me in debt are much, much sweeter in the long run.


tessa said…
new york! before i even think about the ticket, my visa hasn't even been approved yet, it's taking forever!
Jillsabs said…
Sigh...isa pa yang New York na yan.

Honestly though, I can afford ONE trip this year. And the thought of New York with a NY lover (i.e. Lory) makes me think: "I'll see you in a year or two new niece/nephew!":p
tessa said…
how about we just go to NZ? i mean, things happen change plans. and what a milestone to be there for. plus, i think i stand a better chance to be approved for NZ than US. for some reason, a lot of pinoys here this year were denied the US visa (and all of them with better standing than me: successful medical practices, tons of money in the bank, etc.). i heard from someone who used to work in diplomacy that the US embassy has some sort of "quota" on how many pinoys to approve. i don't know if that is true, but i'm beginning to believe the bad news.

so what do you say about NZ?
Jillsabs said…
That sounds good! I think your mom is also thinking of going to NZ with my parents, so if ever, you and her can go back to Fiji together :)
cris said…
This saying No to trips, I have to learn!
Jillsabs said…
Hay naku, ang lakas ng loob ko to write this blog but even after, I still couldn't tell my parents that I didn't want to go:p

It's a good thing I got pregnant because that means no traveling for me. This baby saved me a cool Php100,000!!

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