We are this close to having our van loan paid in full, which will leave us debt-free other than our mortgage. We almost turned around and went right back into debt over the weekend. We looked at a nice used pull-behind travel trailer on Saturday. It was very similar to this one:
It was in great condition and the price was right. We even went as far as calling our credit union and asking what the interest rate and length of loan would be for it. But in the end, we just couldn't bring ourselves to do it. We enjoy camping, and would use a camper like this often, but the thought of more debt and years of payments made this more than we are willing to take on right now.
Instead, we plan to pay off the van, build up our savings and emergency fund, then consider a trailer again. We decided that because it's such a major purchase, a loan will likely be necessary for us, but we'd like to have at least half of the money for a camper upfront.
But, whew...that was a close one. It isn't often that we are tempted like that.
What we DID buy over the weekend was a new (to us) reclining sofa. We had a reclining loveseat and liked it, but wanted something a little bigger. We found one at a good price, and gave our loveseat to Shane's mom and step-dad who recently moved back to Missouri from Arizona and were in need of some comfortable seating.
We also curb-picked a complete set of outdoor furniture -- table, 4 chairs and umbrella. With Shane's mad spray-painting skills, we should have it looking really good in no time at all. I'll get a photo of it after it's done.
BTW, did you know you can fit a complete, fully-assembled patio set, a full roll of new carpet padding, some other garage sale items and a 7-year-old girl in the back of a Dodge Caravan? It's true. You can also fit a full-size refrigerator in one...but that's a different story. All I can say is that Stow-n-Go seating is awesome!
All of that was on Saturday. Yesterday we were out most of the day. We went to Shane's mom's and step-dad's house to help them unload the loveseat we had just given them, we went to take a close look at the house my daughter and son-in-law are trying to buy, we went to lunch, and on the spur of the moment, we paid a much overdue visit to Shane's dad and step-mom.
In other words, it was a rare weekend that involved doing very little work. Other than cooking supper on Saturday and reheating the leftovers on Sunday, I'm not sure I did anything that could really be classified as work. I'm slacking.
As for the week ahead, I have all the usual chores to do, plus more refrigerator pickles to make, a giveaway winner to announce, the ever-present gardening, and believe it or not, it's time for us to start planting again for fall crops of greens, radishes, etc.
I hope all of you had a great weekend. Let us in on your weekend and what you have planned for the next few days.
July Grocery/Pantry Challenge:
Items Purchased Today (store brand unless indicated): None
Amount Spent Today (including tax): $0.00
Amount Spent To Date in July (including tax): $73.80