Last year, the best present of Christmas was one that I gave to Dave and the boys. It was The 52 Week Money Challenge. I had wrapped up a box filled with over $1300 that I had saved all year. The plan was to use it for Spring Break and we did. We went to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina and had a great time. The plan was that we would do it again this year.
I tried. I really did, but with Dave still out of work and more money being taken out of each pay check for benefits/insurance, there wasn’t as much “extra” money to do it. I did not have as much photo work as I had the earlier in the year, although that began to pick up later in the year. So this year, I just wasn’t able to do the challenge completely. I got close, but was disappointed because all year I had looked forward to wrapping up that box again and saying, “Where should we go this year??!!”
I had kept it a secret again but told Dave about it last weekend. I just purchased a new camera. A splurge on myself way beyond my means. My old camera was amazing, but after five years, it was getting tired and old and it was time to upgrade. In the end, I had saved $900 of the $1300 in the money challenge. I put that money towards the new camera instead. It was a HUGE amount to spend on myself. Something I never do. It will definitely get put to good use – but I still feel some guilt over spending it all on myself.
I will try to do the challenge again next year, but with college looming over our heads for DJ, we will just have to see what happens.