I just got an email asking for input on an article for Family Fun about all-inclusive vacation spots. As part of their "reader panel", they wanted to know what places I would suggest for a future article. Since I use their magazine often to spend LESS money, I was a bit irked. In a fit, I just hit "send" on the following:
"Are you serious? In this economy? All inclusive vacations? Who has money for those?
I live in Michigan and my husband works in the manufacturing field. Our county is in the top 3 for highest unemployment rates in the state. My husband's hours have wavered between 24-40 hrs/wk since January - a cut of 2/5 of our income. He's in school full-time as well (covered by a full-ride grant/scholarship) for a career change/retraining so he cannot get a 2nd job nor watch the kids so I can go back to work. If we hadn't had some savings, we'd have lost the house in April. I'm feeding four of us on a $65/week grocery budget.
We haven't been on vacation for longer than a 3-day weekend in nearly 6 years. We've cut up all our credit cards so it would take us YEARS to save up enough to take a vacation like that. We have Chicago an hour away and South Bend 45 min away and we hadn't been to either in over a year. Michigan Adventure and Great Wolf Lodge are within a half-day drive and we have NEVER been to either.
I understand your parent company is Disney but c'mon!"
Why do I get the feeling I'm gonna have Mickey Mouse show up at my door in retribution now? LOL