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Bought Airline Tickets for Thanksgiving! Panic ...

October 5th, 2015 at 04:49 pm

This past weekend I had a chance to talk to my Aunt and confirm my dates and her dates. She has offered to pay for my tickets. At first I told her I appreciated it, but she really didn't need to do it. She insisted she really wanted to. So ...

I'd checked ticket prices a few months ago, and for leaving on Monday morning and returning on Saturday or Sunday it was around $450. Apparently all the cheap return flights on Saturday and Sunday are gone. Returning either of those days added $400!! to the ticket price.

Returning on Friday though kept it to $460. So .. I'll be returning on Friday. Keep me away from the Black Friday sales. Smile (Not that I do them anyway ...)

I'm looking forward to seeing my grandma and aunt again - it'll have been nearly two years since my last visit there. Grandma is 94, so who knows how many more times I'll get to see her. (Just as feisty as ever though!)

Today at work our accountant passed around a document that made me feel pretty panicked. It was a spreadsheet delineating the costs of having bus passes.

IOW it showed how much money / time would be freed up if we stopped doing passes and just did free rides. Relied totally on Federal funds I guess.

40-50% of my job is bus pass related.

So you can guess where my head was going with that. Frown

My boss told me not to get too worried, that they are always coming up with ideas/plans that never get off the ground.

Still though ... All the more reason to have a beefy Emergency Fund!

If it were to come to that, they'd first have to try to place me in a similar positon/pay grade. Failing any openings (for people with less senority than me) there is some kind of severance package.


Stopped at Walgreen's today .... $13.xx later (meds, treats)

I'm now topped out at my $20/week spending. So no more money spent this week (other than bills, or stuff like the airplane ticket.)

I got my Schoola clothes! They all are in beautiful shape, and I LOVE two of them and like the third. I have $30 to spend today there ($15 + the code for 50% off - good through today.) I am going to see what I can find! Smile

I also got the letter for Kari's license renewal - $21. Will pay it today.

Oh, another PANIC today ...

I have my credit cards set up on auto pay so I don't have to think about it.

Usually that is no issue.

However, with the new 2.5% checking account having the majority of my money ...

I paid my Swagbucks card in full on Thursday from my new checking account - thinking that would cancel out the auto payment for today from ING/Cap one.

I was wrong. Frown

So this morning I applied for and was gifted a $1000 overdraft on my account. (Instantly!) Why did I need this? Because my rent check will be coming out from that account in the next day or two!

I've already set up a transfer from new account to old account to cover whatever isn't covered. So hopefully if I go into overdraft it won't be for more than a day or two.

Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!

(I also contacted my CC to ask them for my money back!)

6 Responses to “Bought Airline Tickets for Thanksgiving! Panic ...”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I was watching Thanksgiving airfare for the last few weeks. Wednesday and Sunday are the most expensive days to fly around Thanksgiving. We decided to fly Tuesday and Saturday. I'm hoping it seems less busy on those days!

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    All the Go for Less airfares were completely gone for both Saturday and Sunday. Frown I checked airfares coming from L instead of O, but that was nearly double the price! I'm expecting to be bringing back some stuff of my dad's - so having two free checked bags is a good thing. Plus I just like Southwest. Smile

  3. pjmama Says:

    Yeah, traveling around Thanksgiving is rough - but it was very generous of your aunt to pay for the trip. I'm sure they are just as happy to see you as you are them Smile

  4. Liz Says:

    Your auto pay situation is the only drawback I've experienced in doing all of this bank account bonus chasing. There's a lot of juggling while I wait for money to transfer from one account to another!

  5. snafu Says:


    I'm glad you've already got your tickets. I think I read the day before Thanksgiving was the busiest travel day of the year in the USA. The airports must be crazy! Best to get there earlier than you usually plan.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Pjmama - Yes, it was extremely generous of her! My grandma was pretty disappointed I didn't go out there at all last year. I'm glad I can this year with having vacation days.

    Liz - Yep. The auto withdrawals are a pain with switching both checking accounts and switching main credit cards. I put my airfare on my Discover card, which meant I pretty much covered the $500 spend for October. So I decided to switch all the auto pays I had going on the Discover card back to my Swag card. Pain in the rear for some, and easy peasy for others.

    Snafu - Yep, that's my plan!

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