I was going to write a recap of my trip to my hometown yesterday, but my flight to London got 3 hours delayed due to some technical fault and I ended up getting home really late. I wish I had booked today off and stayed in bed until midday. I am one of those people who need a holiday after a holiday, and once again this proved to be true. Anyway, I am back and I am here to tell you all about my fantastic trip back home!
As you can probably tell from the title of this post, I spent quite a bit of money. I am going to tell you exactly what I spent it on, but I should probably warn you that if you feel very strongly about spending money while in debt, you should probably stop reading this post right now. Yes, I broke all the rules and I spent every single penny (well, maybe not every single penny but you get an idea) that I had saved to celebrate my birthday in style.
I hope you know me well enough by now to understand that I would not have spent any money if I hadn’t saved the cash first. There is no way I would have got into more debt to celebrate my 30th birthday or any other life occasion for that matter. My plan is to get out of debt this year and to stay debt free f.o.r.e.v.e.r! I’d known all along I would want to celebrate my 30th birthday, so I saved, and then I spent and I didn’t skimp on anything.
So… this is how my trip went.
Upon arrival in my hometown I had a nice black BMW 6 series waiting for me to be collected from a car hire office and driven around town for the next 5 days. You see, I like nice cars, I always have, and I miss driving one.
I also like nice restaurants so I spent a small fortune eating out daily. Yes, daily both for lunch and dinner. I went to all new restaurants in town (we have three that opened since last summer and this is where “the crowd” is at) and every meal was accompanied by a glass of champagne… or a bottle on some occasions 😉
I also got my Mum her favourite perfume and Coco Mademoiselle for myself. If there is one perfume that I love, this will be it, and I could not wait any longer to get it (I wasn’t buying any fragrances since May last year).
I went to a hair salon twice: to get my hair dyed (it’s been over a year since I had it dyed last time) and to get it curled for my birthday dinner.
We stayed on the 16th floor of one of the nicest hotels in my hometown in a gorgeous sea view room. On the night of the big celebration I ordered three bottles of my favourite champagne into the room to drink with my family of 6 before heading to the restaurant for my birthday dinner.
I had a small private dining room booked in a really nice restaurant for my birthday dinner with the family. The food was gorgeous, the atmosphere was perfect, the service was impeccable and everyone had an amazing time! Seriously, the evening couldn’t have been more perfect! I also got a nice 20% discount of the total bill including alcohol (courtesy of my very good friend who I treated to dinner the next day as a thank you) which was awesome!
I should probably stress that every single expense was paid for in cash. Not a single transaction went against a credit card. I spent in the region of 1500 Euros during this short trip – cash that I saved to spend and have an amazing time celebrating me turning 30! And you know what? I had just that – an unforgettable time! I do not regret spending a single penny. I enjoyed spending it and treating my family and friends because I earned this celebration and it felt great!
Yes, I am only 41% done with paying off my debt but – and my long time readers will remember this – during these last 6 months I didn’t spend a lot on entertainment of any kind and tried to keep it to a bare minimum. The next 6 months are going to be exactly the same (well, my trip to Istanbul and birthday celebrations in London aside) and it’s now back to basics! I had a no spend day today and I cannot wait to throw some cash towards my debt this coming Friday.
I am dying to show you some photos of me, my new hair and the dress (maybe later when I am no longer anonymous) but right now it’s just going to be a photo of our view from the 16th floor of our hotel room, our amazing bathroom where I spent a good few hours, our swimming pool and a piece of my birthday cake!
I promise that this type of post is a one off, and I also hope I won’t be kicked out of the PF community for publishing it 😉