The Heavy Purse

Achieving the Family Save Goal – When in Rome

Ryan Disney Cruise

We just returned from our Disney Cruise and had an amazing time. As I’ve mentioned previously, we set annual family save goals, typically a family vacation since we love to travel. I’ll share a few more details about the trip and how to set up your own family goal on Friday’s post.

I’d like to thank Sicorra from Tackling Our Debt, Kerry from Breadwinning Mama and Tanya from Eat Laugh Purr/The Heavy Purse for guest posting in my absence. It was great to take a couple weeks off to be with my family and know that The Heavy Purse was in excellent hands. If you didn’t get a chance to check out their posts, please take a moment to do so. They all shared some fabulous insight.

Sicorra posed the question, At What Age Should Your Teen Get a Job? She shared some benefits of teens working and possible jobs for them as well.

Kerry shared how she takes advantage of a captive audience in Riding in Cars with Boys: Money Edition to talk about money. Much like I do, she weaves these important conversations and lessons into every day activities and conversations.

Tanya shared how she losing her job helped her reign in her spending in Confessions of a Reformed Mindless Spender. These days she spends joyfully because if it doesn’t pass her “love” test, she doesn’t buy it.

We had a fabulous trip, but now I need to get caught up both here and in my financial planning practice. But the trip was worth it! 🙂 Be sure to come back on Friday to learn more about our vacation and how we set our family save goals.



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July 29, 2013  •  36 Comments  •  The Heavy Purse

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  1. Monday, July 29th, 2013
    What a good looking family! Sounds like you had a great time and were able to relax. Looking forward to seeing your post on Friday!
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Thanks, DC! We had a great time, now it's back to work. :)
  2. Monday, July 29th, 2013
    Adorable family pic!

    I totally want to take my kids on a Disney Cruise when they are old enough. I hope you will write a review!!
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Thanks, Holly! I think they are pretty adorable too. :) We had a great time and will definitely give you a review.
  3. Monday, July 29th, 2013
    Great photo, it looks like you guys were having a blast.
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Thanks, Glen. We had a wonderful time and can't wait for our next family adventure.
  4. Corina Ramos
    Monday, July 29th, 2013
    Looks like you all had a great time! Love the pic! Can't wait to read your post on Friday :)

    Have a great day!
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Thanks, Corina! We did have a great time and can't wait to share the highlights with everyone.
  5. Monday, July 29th, 2013
    Great family pic & glad you and the family had a wonderful time off! We want to take our little ones on a Disney Cruise when they're older, I've heard nothing but good things about them.
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Thanks, John. We had a blast. I have no doubt when your kids get a bit older that they will love it too (and you and your wife too!).
  6. Monday, July 29th, 2013
    Glad to hear you guys had fun! Welcome back.
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Thanks, Matt! It's great to be home too. :)
  7. Monday, July 29th, 2013
    We've done several cruises but never on Disney. I look forward to hearing about the experience. Welcome home!
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Thanks, Brian. This was our first Disney Cruise too. Well worth it!
  8. Monday, July 29th, 2013
    Glad you have a great time! Welcome back to Jun...I mean July gloom. What's up with this? :)
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Thanks, Tonya! I heard it was gloomy and I can't say that I missed it. LOL!
  9. Monday, July 29th, 2013
    A friend of our worked for Disney cruise lines and said it was the best job ever! You have a lovely family Shannon.
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Thank you, Mr. CBB. I think they are quite lovely too! I bet it is a lot of fun to work for Disney Cruise Lines. We certainly had fun!
  10. Monday, July 29th, 2013
    Great picture! :)
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Thanks, Michelle!
  11. Monday, July 29th, 2013
    Your picture makes a beautiful postcard and a Disney cruise definitely sounds like so much fun. Look forward to hearing more about it.
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Thanks, Sicorra! We had a great time and thank YOU again for guest-posting while I was out. I truly appreciate it and your friendship!
  12. Monday, July 29th, 2013
    Such a cute pic, Shannon! Glad you had a great time. Can't wait to hear more about it. :-)
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Thanks, Laurie. We had a wonderful time. :)
  13. Monday, July 29th, 2013
    That is an adorable family pic, Shannon!!! You guys are so cute.
    I can't wait to read about how you made it happen.
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Thanks, Jefferson! I think I'll keep them! :)
  14. Monday, July 29th, 2013
    Welcome back, and what a great picture of your beautiful family! Can't wait to hear about your travels. :)
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Thank you for your kind words, Anna! I think I have a pretty great family too. :)
  15. Monday, July 29th, 2013
    Jealous! I've always wanted to go to Rome and I love Disney cruises! Welcome back. :)
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      Thanks, Nick! Rome was beautiful, definitely put it on your list to visit!
  16. Monday, July 29th, 2013
    I have always been curious about Disney cruises, so I can't wait to hear all about it. Your family looks like you could be on the cover of a magazine!
    • Monday, July 29th, 2013
      You are so kind, Kim! It was a great vacation and well-worth saving for. :)
  17. Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
    Cant wait to hear all about your trip. My wife and I have pictures with that same background. It's an amazing city.
    • Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
      It is an amazing city! So beautiful and so much history. Grateful to experience it with my family.
  18. Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
    Glad to hear that you took some much needed time off to spend time with your family. We all need to make sure we are spending time with the one we love. Great family picture! Looking forward to the post on Friday!
    • Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
      Thanks, Thomas! I agree - it's so important we take time for ourselves. It was a fabulous vacation and I can't wait to share all the details with everyone.
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