Selling to California: Our Debt-Free Family Vacation in 2012!


It’s been almost six years since I’ve seen my Grandma. She’s 89 and lives in the desert of California. She has never met our sons. We’ve decided that this is the year that we’re finally going to make the long trek to California to see Grandma! We can’t wait!

Here’s the deal:

This trip is not going on the credit card or coming out of our savings account. We intend to sell our way to California, and by doing so, we’ll accomplish one of our goals for 2012, which is to downsize, de-junk, and simplify our life by getting rid of things we no longer want or need.

We need three plane tickets (our little guy still rides for free), a hotel, rental car, gas, food, and a little for entertainment. I’ll be deal hunting to keep our costs as low as possible. The entire trip should cost us about $2000. We are hoping to go in late April or early May before school gets out (and before the desert gets too hot!). This gives us 4-5 months to sell and save.

My goal is to post once a week, or as often as possible, to keep you updated on our progress. It will motivate me to keep selling and saving, and hopefully it will encourage you have your own debt-free vacation in the near future!


  1. I love this idea and you really just motivated me! We are starting a clean out process so we can put our house on the market. Instead of trashing or storing what I don’t give away, I can sell it and put it towards all of the expenses we will most certainly be incurring as we try to buy a new home!

    Good luck!! 🙂

  2. Great idea, Kristina! Every little bit helps, right? 🙂

  3. Amy Adkins says:


    Great idea to plan well in advance so that you can pay cash and really enjoy your vacation. Dave Ramsey would be proud!


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