Mo On The Go

How to Girls Weekend

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There is nothing quite like a girl’s weekend away with your best girlfriends. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you last got together, how far you go or what you do, time with your friends will refresh your soul. Laughing at only jokes your best friends understand, sharing years of memories and making new ones over a glass of wine. Most women know they should do this and love the idea of a girl’s weekend but sometimes finding it hard to budget for it, or frankly lack of childcare means these getaways get pushed to the side.  

 

I have four kids ages 12, 10, 6 and 4 so finding the resources financially or otherwise can be a challenge. It is certainly not impossible though and so worth it.  But I gotta say, thanks to the new TD MySpend app, I have never been more on top of where my money is going.  Wine country here we come!  

 

A few things to consider when planning your girls weekend.

 

 

  1. Stick to Your Budget - Depending on where you are planning to go sticking to a budget can be tricky to get you the needed savings for your trip. The TD MySpend app provides an easy to use spending meter which shows you a snapshot of how you are spending compared to your monthly average, which is super helpful when you have a girl’s trip or other savings goals on your mind.  Just a quick look at that spending meter will show you if you are in the green (meaning you are spending below typical and on the road to savings) or in the red (meaning change some of those habits if you’re hoping to have funds to put aside).  The app securely connects you to your TD deposit account(s) and TD Credit Card Account(s) and  automatically categorizes your spending, making it easy to see where your money is going and make changes to your spending habits (I had no idea I paid that much for coffee in a month) in order to help achieve that trip goal. For a visual person like me, with four little ones to occupy my time, it’s these quick on-screen insights about my spending habits that can help make all the difference to be able to keep  track of my money and be conscious of my spending ahead of the big trip.

 

  1. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – Now that you’ve adapted your spending and you’ve got the savings for your trip and childcare, it’s time to make it happen.  When you leave your kids in someone else’s care it can be hard to let go of the ways you do things. Remember your way is not the only way, dads, grandparents, friends and babysitters who love your kids have their best interests in mind and may do things a little differently than you would and that’s okay, in fact it’s great. Your kids will have a great time and make memories while you are away as well. My husband and kids have a fun tradition of going to a buffet restaurant (one that isn’t my favourite) when I’m away. They all look forward to it and always text me a picture from there, it’s fun to know that they are enjoying themselves as well. 

 

  1. Don’t Over Schedule - It can be tempting when planning a girl’s weekend to want to do everything. It’s important to respect the different personalities of your friends and that not everyone likes or wants to do the same things. As a group, decide what everyone would like to do together and other activities can be done by just a few. When my friends and I go to New York a few of us enjoy going to a Broadway play and the others prefer not to.  We split up for a few hours and they go to a cool restaurant while we are at the play and we meet up for a drink together after, and everyone is happy.

 

So get cracking on your savings, send that email to your friends, book that weekend and go create some memories that will last lifetime. Tweet me a picture of your girl’s weekend when you do!

 

*This post was sponsored by TD Canada Trust, but all opinions and views are my own. 

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