Have you ever been to the airport when they offered you money to give up your seat? Or the time when you were the recipient of the lucky seat? There are benefits to flying standby and benefits to giving up your seat. When you’re in that position, its hard to know what to do. Standby flights can save you money if you don’t use the surplus entertaining yourself at the airport. Being rewarded for giving up your seat can give you vouchers to fly at a later date, but will that bonus tempt you into taking an unplanned vacation? One you did not budget for? Many times what seems like a good deal ends up costing us more in the end.
We have to be careful these days of last minute deals. My husband and I have fallen victim to them so MANY times. That 50% off items you weren’t planning on buying in the first place, clearance items in the doorway of the store and only 1000.00 will put you in this vehicle today. Did you know when you buy a car they run your credit through several lenders? This can impact your credit score and damage your chances of getting a good interest rate when you head out to buy your home.
Credit sharks lurk, my personal favorites are no interest for xx months on credit cards, reward credit cards and store cards. I have been duped by them all and then faced unemployment for a year with no way to pay them all back. We purchased this house on two healthy incomes and now are struggling to make the note on one. When we bought this house they paid off all our credit cards. Can you guess what happened next?
Now here we are flying standby. Ready to give up the house for the right deal and slightly interrupt what used to be our plans. The problem we are facing now is that the deals just aren’t showing up. No one is offering us cash to give up our seat. Yes, the house has only been on the market for a month, but few people want a fixer at the price you can get a remodeled house for in a slightly less desirable neighborhood. We live in a great neighborhood. It’s super quiet here. The yards are large, and we are tucked back in a country setting just two miles from town.
I know that one day the house will sell, we will buy our trailer and go off to live tiny, work on the debt free part and enjoy the benefits of minimalism. For now, we sit, we wait and stay out of the shops. We have enough treats, books, and magazines. We also have those nifty backup batteries for our phones. After all, our creditors are impatiently waiting for us to make a deal and they should be. We owe them and it’s our responsibility to not to keep them on standby.