Not Time For a Reunion

by | Oct. 05, 2010


Dear Dave,

My husband says we can’t travel to Illinois for a family reunion next summer if we’re not out of debt by then. He thinks your rule is no vacations while you’re getting out of debt. I think if we plan and save, it would be worth it to go. Who’s right?


Dear Ann,

It must be your family reunion we’re talking about! Seriously, he’s right in this case. No vacations while you’re getting out of debt. You guys need to roll up your sleeves and get the job done.

Still, I’m not going to be an ogre or anything about this kind of trip. I mean, we’re talking about family. So, I’m okay with it if you guys work together and spend next to nothing to make it happen. But if traveling to Illinois involves $1,000 worth of plane tickets, then you’re staying home, girl! If I were in your place, I’d be staying home. That’s how you get out of debt. You have to get angry at it. You can’t just roll along living life as usual.

Live like no one else, so that later you can live like no one else. I know, you’re thinking life’s too short to not have some fun. Well, you’re right. Life is too short. It’s way too short to live your whole life being broke!

—Dave For more financial help, please visit  daveramsey.com.

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