The numbers are in and I’m happy to report that we are $199.31 under budget for our quick road trip! Woohoo! I feel like us being under budget is such a rarity that I want to celebrate hah… Here’s the breakdown based on the budget I set and our actual spending:
My sister and her boyfriend paid $150 towards the hotel, as originally agreed upon, so that saved us a good bit. Generous relatives paid for most meals out, and one day was spent entirely at my aunt and uncle’s, where they served sandwiches and grilled out. I managed to snag the last dishware set on my cousins registry and it came to $65.00 shipped after coupons (20% off). Kids stuff included the travel cot, coloring books, snacks, and a Cars toy for the long ride.
The biggest surprise was the rental car. Our original reservation total was $166.70 for an intermediate sedan. When we picked up our rental, the total was $152.88. They took so long to get us out of there that we didn’t realize they gave us a compact vehicle. A Chevy Cruze has to be the worst car either of us has ever been in. We were already running late, so we had to hit the road. The kids car seat didn’t even fit in the back seat properly!
When we arrived home I attempted to ask about the vehicle at drop off and got nowhere with the customer service rep. I resorted to tweeting Enterprise and within minutes I had a response. Why is it companies reply via twitter instantly and yet can’t acknowledge you in person?! Baffling. After sending a list of problems; compact, high deposit that we weren’t told about until check in, oil change beeping nonstop from pick up, airbag maintenance beeping nonstop on ride home, and a horrible whistling noise the entire ride; the district manager gave us a call.
We didn’t ask for, nor expect anything out of it. We just wanted to let them know how disappointing our experience was. Why did I reserve something a month ahead if they weren’t going to hold the reservation? (Seinfeld anyone?!) The DM offered us a 20% discount which we said was unnecessary, but he insisted. That took our rental car cost from $152.88 down to $122.30. I have to say we were pleased with the corporate response! On the upside, the crappy car did get good gas mileage, which definitely cut down on our out of pocket expenses.
We managed to pay for every thing other than the hotel and car rental in cash. Unfortunately both of those required a credit card, even at check out. I plan to pay that off this week though. Happy happy happy. If only we could keep every thing within budget we’d be in a good place! I’m feeling overwhelmed by debt these days, and life in general, so coming under budget was the highlight of my
day week month!