I enjoyed a great all expense paid business trip to DisneyLand. We stayed at the Yacht Club Resort for 5 days, 4 nights. The hotel room, food, and some entertainment was all included. I took the Magical Express to and from the airport so transportation was free.
As a finance coach, I would be remiss if I didn't start the trip with a budget or spending plan. This was very simple - I am not going to spend more than $100 of my personal money. The best way to help me stick to that goal was to use budget envelopes. So I put the $100 cash in my budget envelope and I was ready to go.. I knew this goal was going to be hard at Disneyland - the happiest place on earth. I also knew it would be harder had I not set a goal.
Well the result is, I just missed my goal. I spent a total $109.50 of my personal money. It would have been less had I not forgotten to pack a pair of shorts. When packing I was so concerned with outfits for the events (sun dresses, skirts, sleeveless tops, bathing suits, flip flops, etc) everything but the kitchen sink but shorts or sunglasses. I had cough drops, gum, you name it, I had it in my gigantic suitcase. I know what you are saying, “you didn’t bring a pair of shorts to Florida” nope I did not. I needed a pair so I headed to get some. Although I missed my spending goal $100 or less of my personal money, what I got for the $109.50 was not bad. Here is the list:
When I think about it, being at Disney in all, where prices can be insane, this wasn’t bad at all.
I have actually been on this same business trip a few times and this was one of the best. I had great food, laughed a lot, relaxed a bit, danced, you name it and I spent the least amount of money. The other times I spent so much of my personal money I can’t even count. I travel a lot on business trips and in just three or so years ago a trip like this, when the entire trip is paid for, I would still end up spending and spending and spending personal money on stuff like more food, clothes I don’t need or loading up on souvenirs. Back then I didn’t start the trip with a goal or budget. Although I went tad bit over my goal - I was in control. I was aware of the amount of cash in my envelope which helped me stay close to the goal. I didn’t find myself pulling out my credit card buying a really cute skirt I saw as I already had cute skirts with me. Below is picture of me having breakfast with the Disney characters.
When I arrived to the airport a little early I was very tempted to get my family Disney t-shirts and said “Nah, they have plenty of shirts and I am already over my personal money spending budget”.
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I have had my podcast, The Money Exchange, for a little over a year. I was recently asked, what did I wish I knew when I started my podcast? One of the things I wish I had known was I could record for free, yes $0.00, noting, zippo. When I first started my podcast, I thought it was important to be in a studio with expensive equipment, so I went on a search for one near by. I connected with someone who had access to a studio which he gave let me use at a cost and he was also provided editing services. This studio was 20 miles or 23 minute drive one way or 40 miles 46 minutes round trip and longer if there was traffic. I was excited and ready to record my 1st episode. I was then told the access to the studio was limited to certain days of the week and they time slots that were on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. I said, no problem - let's get started. I had guests lined up and I was ready to go. The picture above was in this wonderful studio. I was working with a great young man, who helped me get started. After a couple of situations where I had to reschedule guests due to the limited schedule or the studio closing due to weather, I decided to post a question in a FaceBook group asking other podcasters how did they record their podcasts. Many replied back with Zoom and a few shared with me the type of microphone and headset they used that would work perfectly with my laptop. I went on Amazon and purchased both, I believe it was a one time investment of $69-$89 but never used it. I am not that great with some types of technology so I was a little hesitant in trying this approach. Then one day a guest that I had tried to secure a date and time for the show could not make one of the available and said to myself I will try Zoom for this episode and I did. I am so glad I did. It was awesome! I was in the comfort of my own home and gained back almost 2 hours in my day on 'podcast" day. I still have to get it edited but using Zoom saves me time by not having to drive back and forth now I simply look my the schedule and confirm with the guest. I travel a lot, so using this platform also allows me the ability to record while I am on the road. It is so convenient and easy to use. Had I known this when I first started I would have been able to secure others guests and save a lot of time and money on the process.
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I am excited to share, The Money Exchange podcast is now available on Apple and Google Podcast, Spotify, Stitcher, SoundCloud, and Pandora. We have had great guest on sharing financial tips. Pictures below using my laptop and Zoom at home and on the road. Loving it!!!
Any questions on how I got started or other things I learned in my podcast journey, please leave a comment.
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