(Closed) Pre-TTC Bucket List… Am I crazy?!

posted 6 years ago in Married Life
  • poll: What's on YOUR Pre-Baby Bucket List?
    Purchase a Fancy SLR camera : (14 votes)
    6 %
    Go on an International Mission Trip : (8 votes)
    3 %
    Wine-Tasting Getaway in Napa : (21 votes)
    9 %
    Purchase a Home : (43 votes)
    18 %
    Have *at least* $50,000 saved in the bank : (30 votes)
    12 %
    Go on an Adventurous International Trip--(Great Barrier Reef Scuba Diving, Anyone?) : (45 votes)
    18 %
    Buy a New, Family-Friendly Vehicle : (42 votes)
    17 %
    Participate in a Half-Marathon : (18 votes)
    7 %
    Go on One More Wild, Girls-Only Trip : (24 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We bought a home and we took a big final trip and the other thing on my list was a minimum of 75K in savings. We didn’t quite make our goal on the last one, so I’m a little nervous financially but very excited. And we bought an SUV just a few months ago. I had so many lists and budgets and now that it’s happening I may have missed a few things but am happy at where we are in general.

    Post # 4
    2416 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I don’t care about owning a home, we already have a family vehicle (Honda CRV – they even have seatbelts specifically for baby carriers!) I would like some money in the bank and a solid career plan, but mostly, I’d like to take a 4-6 month trip with Fiance, we’ve discussed backpacking Europe, etc. So, mostly travel. However, we both feel strongly that we’d like to take one family and one “alone” trip each year…

    Post # 6
    5786 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I haven’t written it down but Darling Husband and I have had this conversation. We just bought a DSLR and we already have a family friendly vehicle. We’re about to go house hunting and the future baby will play into our decision. I do want to go on a girls trip (MOHs bachelorette party next year), a Napa trip and a cool international trip (Safari or hiking to Machu Picchu).

    I don’t see how we’ll have 50k saved but I do want the car and DHs student loans paid off before we start trying. I also need to finish business school and get into great shape before we start trying.

    Post # 7
    571 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    OMG, you think just like me! I’ve been telling Fiance that we need to go on big trips and do crazy, slightly wreckless adventurous things BEFORE kiddos. You know, live it up a bit while we can as just the 2 of us. ๐Ÿ™‚  We’ve been discussing a trip to Ireland next year with his family, and I want to go skiing in Colorado with friends too.  Once babies come the vacations will be a bit more relaxing and close to home for quite a few years.

    Post # 8
    5670 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @Annie624- My parents had nothing in the bank when they started having kids and rented. So I just keep telling myself of all these people who were able to make it buy with a lot less cushion.

    Post # 9
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Buying a home is really the only thing I for sure wanted to do before we have kids (and we close in a couple of weeks and are still a few years out from TTC).

    All of the other things, we can do with kids so why rush!?!

    Post # 11
    2580 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Buying a home and fun adventure/international travel is on my list, but everything else I feel is pretty negotiable. I’ve heard so many people say that if you wait until you’re completely ready (financially and otherwise) for kids, you’d probably never do it!

    It would be nice to have 50k in the bank, but I’m not sure it’s a realistic goal for us–yes, kids are expensive, but lots of people make do with a lot less and I’m sure we could too.

    Post # 12
    4465 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I don’t care about owning a home really, because the NYC real estate market is crazy and it would not be feasible for us without a ridiculous down payment.    We are going to go on one more huge trip (Thailand) and I want to go to Vegas once or twice more.  Definitely going to run at least one more marathon (maybe 2!) and that’s about all that’s on my list right now.

    Post # 13
    9483 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I haven’t really thought about it, but I also know it’s going to be a long journey for both me and Fiance.  I think it’s a good idea to have a pre-baby list though.

    One of things I’d like to do pre-baby is to travel a bit.  I never had the chance growing up to ever go on vacations.

    Post # 14
    1390 posts
    Bumble bee

    Our checklist is a fairly practical one I think.

    Fiance finishes school

    Fiance finds a job in his field

    Buy a house – our current home is too small for a child. We literally have no where we could put one. Except the living room?

    Take a trip to Europe.

    Obviously the last one is just for fun. But that’s my list.

    Post # 15
    1111 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Holy crap, I feel super dumb asking this, but is it typical to have THAT much in savings before having a baby?!  I am debt-free and working on building my savings and 401k – but aside from saving for a condo/house down payment, I don’t think we’ll have even CLOSE to that much in the bank for years and years and years.  Frown

    Our bucket list includes Fiance finishing law school (and starting his career), going on a trip to Napa, and hopefully some other travels, but nothing else too huge.

    Post # 16
    3626 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I want to own a home and probably travel more. I also want to be able to SAH, so Fiance needs to be making much more money.

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