Staycations are fabulous, volunteering staycations are even better! They are budget friendly and rewarding. I love being able to volunteer each year for a full week at the Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament. Tennis is one of my favorite sports aside from cycling and being able to give back to others who have a passion for the sport is fulfilling. Year after year, I meet fantastic people that have a love for the sport of tennis. For many years in Canada, tennis was not in the spotlight, it was primarily hockey that had our focus. Thankfully, we have many great people who believe tennis in Canada is important and are endeavouring to make it financially available for kids to play. Not every kid wants to play hockey!
My week was physically exhausting, spending 8-10 hours a day at the tournament and 2 hours on the road to and from. Thank you to the 407 toll highway otherwise I would have lost my mind spending 3-4 hours on the road instead of just 2 hours. It’s an extra expense but well worth it in my mind. My sanity needs me to do things like that, as I have very little left. With all the time spent volunteering, you would find it hard to believe that I actually had time to spend money but I managed it.
Taking stock of my staycation spending Aug 3rd to 11th
With most vacations, spending goes a bit out of the norm. With mine…a lot.
407 Toll Highway $150 although I have not received the bill yet :S
Meals $144.91 $96 of this was groceries for the week; $45 was taking my friend out for lunch at the hospital on Wednesday where I spilt soy sauce on my shirt. See shopping for that dilemma.
Personal Care $388.30 I haven’t had my hair done in almost a year, this expense was $342 and another $46 for Sunscreen for my face and vitamins to get over the cold I caught.
Shopping $517.84 Spilling soy sauce on my white shirt and having to buy a new one $29, forgetting my running shoes one day was a costly $118 experience I will not repeat and I bought a new pair of Maui Jim shades at the tourney for $281.
GRAND TOTAL $1341.05
As you can see, a Staycation can cost almost as much as an all inclusive weekend in Cuba. I have no desire for an all inclusive in Cuba or the Dominican and my volunteer week is time much better spent for me.
Budgeting Tips for your Staycation
Tip # 1 Decide if you are going to save independently of your monthly budget for your staycation or include it as part of that’s months normal budget. Personally, I am including this one as part of my normal monthly budget, which means I am now cut-off from a few things for the rest of the month.
Tip # 2 A tip that I need to take to heart, and for those of you that volunteer regularly, remember that there are expenses involved and try to budget and/or prepare for them.
Tip # 3 Leave your credit card and/or debit card at home while volunteering. I did this most of the week to avoid any unnecessary expenditure on food or shopping. Being at a sporting event, there is food and shopping readily available that I can access on a break. They feed us at the event, so there is no need for me to buy overpriced smoothies, beer or ice cream.