There’s nothing quite like a family getaway to rejuvenate spirits and have an incredible time together. The Duxbury household are five weeks away from our first fortnight break in three years and our second abroad trip with Short Rib. While those moments of sun-kissed bliss will make it all worthwhile (yeah, not looking forward to the four hour flight with a two year old), there are a few difficult moments that can crop up during the holiday experience.
Before you go, there’s packing and logistical issues to take care of. When you’re there, you run the risk of something going slightly wrong, like a family member falling ill or the dreaded poolside injury. While you can’t always stop that from happening, you can prepare well to reduce the chances of it being serious.
It’s likely that your family has already got one car. They’re becoming a necessity in this day and age, where the commute is a very real struggle and trying to lug more than one child onto public transport is almost impossible. You might use it as a family at weekends to go out and about, see your family and do the school runs (and fight for a legal parking space).
But there might come to a time where you need to consider getting a second car… just like we did. We work at two very different places and now we have a toddler to get to and from nursery every day. With just the one car, that simply wasn’t possible. However, a second family car is an expense that lots of families might struggle to afford. I know that we had to do a lot of digging down the back of sofas when we got ours last year and that’s what this post is about.
If you’re thinking of a second car, here are a couple of ways that might become a reality sooner than you think.
Owning a road vehicle isn’t cheap. I’ve had one for just over a year (meaning we’re now a two car household!) and I was totally unaware of how much it costs to run. Driving costs can often be the reason for many people’s financial struggles, but for a lot of us, having a car is a necessity. You shouldn’t have to sell your vehicle and resort to a life of public transport as a result (in some cases, this may be even more expensive).
So, with that in mind, here are just a few ways that you can lower your running costs and keep yourself on the road.
It can be hard enough managing your kids and keeping them happy when you’re fit and healthy. So what happens if you’re unwell for a few days? We’ve all been there after all. You want nothing more than to lie in bed or on the couch to relax, but your kids simply don’t understand why you can’t play with them. Because it’s not socially acceptable to lock yourself locked in the one room to avoid infecting the entire neighbourhood, you will be forced to show your face at some point.
Of course, normally, when you explain to your kids that you need to rest because you’re tired and sick, they will respond with warmth and sympathy, and will even quiet down for a while to help you nap. Not Short Rib, mind, he’s a bit too young to understand what illness even is, despite his recent bout of the pox. With the younger ones (and sometimes even the older ones) even the heaviest colds won’t put them off and they’ll soon come to you hoping for fun and games. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to respond with something other than a groan and rolling over on the sofa.
So, as you heard, we’re off on holiday in two months and in a bid to try and ditch some pounds before I go, I’ve started running! Not very far and not very fast, but I’m out there. I’ve signed up toa 5k Colour Run in September, so I certainly want to be in shape for that (and at least beat my Mum, who’s also doing it!).
I’m very much at the beginning of my running journey and whether I fancy taking it up properly remains to be seen. It’s all well and good when it’s nice and sunny but am I really going to want to get out there and run in November? I’m not sure… but I have a nice set of would-haves if I decide to do it properly… this is my wishlist as a (very) novice runner!
The average cost of raising a child in the United States to the age of 18 is more than $245,000. Presumably here in the UK, the price is probably around the same… maybe more if you have to fork out for childcare like we do! This is a staggering sum of money, but don’t despair because there are lots of things you can do to keep more of your money in your purse as a parent.
Try these simple tips for saving money as a parent and watch your savings grow!