“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people,” (Isaiah 40:1)

January 23, 2018

Dear Julie:

My parents recently bought a condo in Hawaii. They’ve invited us to join them but my husband is too proud to admit we can’t afford the airfare. I don’t see why we can’t put this trip on the credit card and worry about paying it back later. He refuses, saying we’ve worked too hard to get out of debt.

Our kids are growing up fast and I want them to have a nice vacation before they all move away. Have you got any ideas? –Homebound

Dear Homebound:

I imagine many of our readers can identify with you. Money is tight in most families and, while a Hawaiian vacation sounds heavenly, the bills do mount up and will be waiting for you when you get back. You mention kids. Even if your parents condo will save you money with living expenses, airfare for 4 or more people will surely add up.

Your husband’s desire to stick to the budget is a good one, especially if you have recent experience getting out of debt.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t go anywhere. How about taking a driving vacation to some of the scenic areas in your state, perhaps National Parks and campgrounds? God has blessed this nation with unparalleled natural beauty enabling families to make wonderful memories that won’t break the bank.

God bless, Julie


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