Thursday, June 30, 2016

Southwest Companion Pass

I feel like sometimes, people don't take me seriously when I tell them about a super great credit card deal. I know of only 3 people, who have taken my advice on certain credit cards.

I get it. Credit cards aren't for everybody. Brett was telling me the other day that he's glad that I do this, because there's no way he'd have the diligence to figure it all out and keep it under control. It does take a certain {crazy} personality type I guess.

The main reason I do this, is because me and Brett are FAR from being rich. We are in major student debt with him being in dental school. And we really shouldn't be spending our savings on vacations.
My lovely parents took us kids on vacations every year. I LOVE vacations. I love seeing the world (okay fine, I love seeing this country. I haven't made it over the deep blue sea, yet). So I can't just stop taking vacations, right? They make me so happy, and give me something to look forward to.

I just want to tell you the BEST deal I've gotten thus far, using credit cards.
Southwest offers 2 personal credit cards: the PLUS and the PREMIER. BOTH of those cards were offering 50,000 points each at the time. I had to spend $2,000 per card, in order to get those points. Well, $4,000=4,000 points. So I just had to spend $6,000 more, to get to 110,000 points.
Are you following?
And once you get to 110,000 points, (in the same calendar year), you earn..... THE COMPANION PASS!!!

So not only do I have 110,000 points to use towards free flights for myself and Teagan (Austin still flies for free), but Brett is my companion, so he gets to fly FOR FREE (as long as I'm on the same flight with him), for the rest of this year, and next year. So I don't have to use any of those points for him at all!
Are you still following??
Sorry if I'm rambling.

My dad helped me out a lot. Usually, I don't spend thousands of dollars in a month. So I bought my dad his new bathroom counters, and his new car tires. And he paid me back with a check. So nice of him!

Anyway....that's all. There is so much more I could say about credit cards. But I just wanted to focus on the Southwest deal for now, and share how excited I am! I could seriously cry. I have cried. I can't wait to go on our vacations! :) :) :)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

April & May Stories

I do these recap posts every couple of months, just to summarize what we've been up to. It seems like the early months of this year went by speedy fast, which I am so grateful for--summer is my absolute favorite, and now it is here!
Not too much has happened the last couple of months. Brett has stayed super busy with school. (which, btw, he doesn't get a summer break. Isn't that awful?! He gets the week of July 4th off, and that is IT! Not fair!!!)

 In April, we used our points to take a trip to Seattle and Vancouver.

Our little bear loves his bath time.

Teagan had a birthday, and turned 2!!!

Ozzy turned 6 months! And a sidenote...these two kids are FINALLY sleeping through the night! There were a few tough nights of them crying it out, but it worked like a charm. And now we're all getting some good sleep at night.

We've had some great weather lately, and Brett and I have been able to go on some bike rides!

Brett's dad gave us a little section in his garden to plant what we wanted. We planted radishes, cucumbers, jalapenos, bell peppers, cilantro and watermelon. So far...the radishes are growing great! Let's hope the other stuff starts growing.

We love having campfires in their backyard as well! Roasting marshmallows to perfection is a hobby of mine. ;)