- 1 year ago
I’m back to ask your opinions on something. I always get such great input from you all, so I knew I wanted to get your feedback on this. Even though it is the most first world problem I’ve ever had…
So I have a conundrum. I want to know if what I’ve been saving should be spent on a bucket list vacation in September, or a master bath remodel this summer.
I’ve been saving up money since I stated working full time again. Now, I work at a non profit, so I don’t make bank. But my salary, as DH and I see it, is mainly our “slush fund” or “mad money”. Last year I remodeled our kitchen, and then replaced our carpet with bamboo (I have severe allergies, and it was only holding my dogs’ dander, no matter how much I vacuumed or bathed my dogs).
Our trip would cost us less than the master remodel, and I currently have enough to pay for the trip and not finance anything. It’s extremely cheap to fly to our destination from where we live, and I haven’t been on a vacation for 4 years. This is not a good enough excuse— I know a lot of people NEVER take vacations, or can’t. But I work extremely hard at my job, and I want to avoid burnout. I teach outdoors in all weather conditions (-20°F, rain, snow, you name it), and we are a “vacation” destination for other people. So, customer service meets teaching meets tour guide. I know by September I will be exhausted.
On the other hand… my master bath is horrific. A shower that I don’t even want to use, despite cleaning it with bleach over and over. The double vanity only has one working sink, and the wood is still holding the pungent stench of the former owners’ cigarette smoke. The floor is linoleum, and the soaking tub’s faucet is meant for a sink, so you can’t put your head under the water. I have to use a cup to wash my hair.
And the toilet. I don’t even want to describe it it’s so nasty. Just years of abuse from the previous owners, and trust me, I’ve cleaned it religiously. The tank lid doesn’t even match the toilet.
The walls are also painted this deep poop brown, making it seem dark and enclosed in there. Finally, the fan doesn’t vent out to the outside so it’s like the rainforest when my husband showers in there. The water has left streaks down the walls.
Normally I wouldn’t care— the toilet flushes, the bathtub and shower work, and we have one working sink bowl. But because I have a chronic illness that sometimes confines me to a hot bathtub for 1-2 hours seeking relief (interstitial cystitis and vulvodynia), I am forced to look at it more than most people.
It will cost more than the trip, which I already have in savings. By the time we start remodeling, I will have even more cushion built up in case we find out, I don’t know, possums live in the walls and we have to do major repairs…
I can still take time off work in September to rest up. We can go on a weekend trip to the upper peninsula of Michigan, which is 45 minutes from us, and just explore places like pictured rock for relatively cheap.
I would not be able to do my bucket list vacation until maybe next year.
What would you do?