Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Planning ahead pays off, so back off haters!

I am a planner.  I plan ahead for things.  Sometimes way ahead.  It drives my husband nutty sometimes.  I tell him to blame my dad, who is also a big planner.  Dad is worse than me though, he'll barely have breakfast swallowed and he's wondering what's for lunch.  If he goes to a new place for dinner he looks at the menu online before so he can decide what he's having.  I'm not THAT bad, I don't think.

My latest case in point is our Spring Break vacation.  Tommy wanted to go back east to visit his grandparents and aunts and uncles and learn how to make maple syrup.  In early January I looked up flights and saw we could go direct to Boston and back for $99 each way.  I booked it, I knew it wouldn't get any less expensive and two people flying round trip for $430 total was awesome.

Adrian was scheduled to be out of town that weekend, I kept asking him to look into switching things around and he kept putting me off.  So yesterday he arranges to not be on that road trip and says now he can go with us.  Uh huh.  Less than a month out I check Southwest and our flight out is now over $400 for ONE WAY.  The flight back is sold out.  So now if he goes, I don't know how he'll get there, how long he will stay, etc.  A big, fat I TOLD YOU SO was on the tip of my tongue, but I didn't say it.  I just revelled in the fact that as usual, I WAS RIGHT. 

Then there is the rental car.  Renting a car in Boston is like paying off the national debt, it is super expensive.  I have a friend whose husband named me as his sister-in-law to get a big discount at Hertz in the past (Thank you Laura and Paul!) but he's no longer there.  Adrian thinks he is the king of getting cheap rental cars because he travels so much.  I have been asking him for weeks to get me a car for that week.  In his defense, he has been working super hard and it's not really a priority, so I will give him that.  Last night I got tired of waiting and got one myself for $200 for the week.  That's pretty killer, usually it's over $500 for the week, so again, pretty dang happy with my skills.

Not sure how the trip will go, Tommy and I are moving forward with our cheap flights and car.  As for Mr. Dater, he may be flying in on a cargo plane and hitchhiking to NH and Vermont because I'm sure not going back to Boston to get his procrastinating self.

So, for all of you haters out there, planning ahead pays off.  Waiting for a cheaper ticket or getting a better deal at the last minute?  That's NOT how I roll.  And for those who are interested, I am having a yakisoba noodle bowl and a yogurt for lunch!  Maybe the apple doesn't fall THAT far from the tree...

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