We have to change our plans..

United States
January 21, 2017 12:39pm CST
I'm disappointed. Our tax return isn't even half of what we expected it to be. Normally we get quite a bit with the earned income credit for the kids.. but this year because I worked full time all year, we made too much to qualify. We're barely going to get anything back. We'd been planning a trip to Universal Studios using our tax returns, but we will not get enough back to afford that. But I'd still like to take a trip. Hubby's been busy working both his jobs this weekend, so we haven't had much time to discuss things.. But I am thinking of possibly just going to Orlando and not doing Universal. Or perhaps we'll just go to Myrtle Beach instead. I've never been to either place, and I think I'll be far less disappointed if I at least still get to go somewhere new, even if I don't get to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
21 Jan 17
I'm sorry. =( I am sure that was a big disappointment for you. I hope you still get to go somewhere fun.
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• United States
21 Jan 17
As long as we go somewhere I will not be too disappointed. Myrtle Beach looks fun and relaxing!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
22 Jan 17
@katsmeow1213 Myrtle Beach is really nice! We have been there a couple times and we love it. =)
• United States
22 Jan 17
@LovingMyBabies What is there to do there that isn't overly expensive.. aside from going to the beach? Hubby isn't crazy about the idea of going.. we're going to DC instead in April, but we have another vacation planned in August and I'd love to go to the ocean then... so Myrtle Beach might still be an option if I can convince him he'd like it..
@sharon6345 (131369)
• United States
21 Jan 17
I know what ever you en up doing your going to have fun going out though.
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• United States
21 Jan 17
I'm sure we will!
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@tzwrites (4951)
• Romania
21 Jan 17
As long as you get to take a trip it's a positive thing.
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• United States
21 Jan 17
I was just looking into camping at Myrtle Beach and I think that's definitely doable!
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• Pamplona, Spain
21 Jan 17
We still don´t know what our Tax Return is for sure yet as when we phone and ask its something different everytime. Never mind I will be really thankful just to get to the main City and be able to buy some very much needed things. Hope you can get to where you want to go to though. Take heart you might be able to go to the two places you never know.
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• United States
21 Jan 17
Now that I've talked to hubby about our plans, we might look into spending a few days in DC.. another place we've never gone... I have to look into the cost.
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• Pamplona, Spain
21 Jan 17
@katsmeow1213 That´s it go somewhere like that. You might even enjoy it more than all the other places.
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• United States
21 Jan 17
@lovinangelsinstead21 We'll see how affordable it looks. It will cost us $300 to camp in Myrtle Beach for a week, but hubby isn't excited about that idea.. not enough to do, and not really hot enough in April. Washington makes more sense as it will be cooler in April and we'll do a lot of walking, and maybe we can try Myrtle Beach in August.
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@NJChicaa (42578)
• United States
21 Jan 17
Hey at least you worked. That's a good thing. I hope you guys have a great vacation whatever it works out to be.
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• United States
21 Jan 17
Yes, so the week to week expenses have become a lot easier.. and in time once our debts are paid down we'll have more spending money again.
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@DianneN (79947)
• United States
21 Jan 17
I'm so sorry! I know how much you looked forward to going. Keep us posted where you decide to go. We aren't working and always have to pay.
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• United States
21 Jan 17
I'm not looking forward to those days. Looks like we're doing DC that week, and maybe Boston and Cape Cod in August.
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@DianneN (79947)
• United States
21 Jan 17
@katsmeow1213 All great places! . Now you are up to two vacations!!!!
• United States
22 Jan 17
@DianneN We were planning to do DC in August. It's a lot of walking.. hubby thought maybe August would be too hot, so April might be a good time to go instead. August we should go somewhere where there's water.. so maybe Myrtle Beach, but he mentioned Boston (again, we just went in October) and I threw in Cape Cod as it's nearby.
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
21 Jan 17
I am so sorry that you will not be able to carry out your plans. I know it is disappointing when you are looking forward to something and then something happens that you can't do what you were hoping to do.
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• United States
21 Jan 17
I'm seeing the positive.. I think Universal will be fun, but exhausting and we'll want a vacation after our vacation. Myrtle Beach looks relaxing!
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@mysdianait (64058)
• Italy
21 Jan 17
@katsmeow1213 Brilliant attitude! Maybe it was meant to be that way all along!
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• United States
21 Jan 17
@mysdianait We'll try for Universal some other year of course.. Hubby wants to look into spending a week in Washington DC. We were planning to do that in August, but might move it up to April then do something else in August.
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@DWDavis (11681)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
21 Jan 17
I think you would enjoy Myrtle Beach, though it's hardly a substitute for Universal Studios. There are lots of fun activities and places to visit there. My wife and I enjoy going there every few years.
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• United States
21 Jan 17
Hubby isn't so excited about the idea. We're now thinking of doing DC in April.. we were planning that for August but April will be a bit cooler for all the walking we expect to do. He wants to do Boston/Cape Cod in August now.. but maybe we'll do Myrtle Beach then instead.. still got months to plan that one!
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@DWDavis (11681)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
22 Jan 17
@katsmeow1213 Boston is a nice city to visit if you stick to the touristy areas. I don't know if they still have the Bicentennial Trail, but you can see Paul Revere's house and silversmith shop, the Old North Church, and there is a nice Bunker Hill museum. Not to mention if the Sox are home, catching a game at Fenway Park.
• United States
22 Jan 17
@DWDavis We spent a day in Boston in October and walked the Freedom Trail and saw almost all that stuff.. we didn't go to Bunker Hill though. We also didn't stop at Fenway park, but did drive by it. He just wants to go back and eat at the pizza place we stopped at while we were there.. and I won't say no to another Lobster roll! Yum! Maybe 1 more day in Boston... then on to Cape Cod.. We'll see. Gotta get through the DC trip first.
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@JudyEv (126340)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jan 17
That's a shame that you've earned too much to qualify. They really make it hard to get ahead sometimes.
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@paigea (22417)
• Canada
21 Jan 17
Well, the good news is you made so much money! Maybe if you keep that up you will be able to afford a really nice vacation.
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• United States
21 Jan 17
It actually isn't a lot.. not for a family of 6 with a mortgage and 2 car payments.
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@Corbin5 (109713)
• United States
21 Jan 17
Well, the vacation alternatives you mentioned do sound enjoyable. We always have to pay; no refunds.
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• United States
21 Jan 17
They do.. I'm leaning more towards Myrtle Beach now.. we'll see what hubby has to say about it.
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21 Jan 17
Sometimes changing plans may be the most correct decision.
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• United States
21 Jan 17
Well it's the only decision as we just don't have the funds for our original plan.
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@fishtiger58 (30337)
• Momence, Illinois
22 Jan 17
that is disappointing I hope you can figure out something else fun and cheap to do
• United States
23 Jan 17
Actually we've already made other plans.. we're going to spend the week in Washington DC..
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@fishtiger58 (30337)
• Momence, Illinois
23 Jan 17
@katsmeow1213 That sounds like fun
@Shellyann36 (10863)
• United States
26 Jan 17
I hope you work it all out. We have yet to do our taxes. I guess I should get started on it.
@reskyyandi (3690)
• Indonesia
21 Jan 17
really sorry I will be dissapointed to if I be you