This is a sponsored post written by us on behalf of the Kaiku® Visa Prepaid Card, part of the Visa Clear Prepaid program. All opinions came straight from our own noggins, not a robot’s.
When Johnny and I created our 2015 budget in January, we got to our Vacation category and both looked at each other and laughed maniacally… immediately followed by crying. We knew we had baby #2 arriving in April, but we had no idea how the adjustment would be. Spoiler alert: it’s been quite a ride. Last night Johnny said to me, “I thought we knew what we were doing.” I nodded like a zombie and then returned to cleaning spit up off the couch.
But back in January, we miraculously had the foresight to not plan any big summer vacations. Score one for us. *air five*
And now, here we are in July with summer upon us in all its humid, sticky glory. (Seriously though, we love the summer.) And while we’re still not feeling quite ready to take a big trip with the girls, we’ve gotten pretty darn comfortable navigating NYC with Sally and Winnie. So comfortable in fact that one day last week, the four of us logged 13.4 miles walking around Central Park — we don’t know what we were thinking either.
So here’s what we’ve decided: we’re staycationing the heck out of this city right now. There are few better “backyards” in the world and we’ll be darned if we don’t get out and knock off (almost) every item on our NYC bucket list. We’ve narrowed the list down to around 20 items, and in true budgeting spirit we’ve limited our budget to $150. It’s go time.
As far as logistics go, we’ve been teaming up with the VISA Clear Prepaid program the last few months, and we loaded our $150 budget on our “digital envelope” AKA Kaiku® Visa® Prepaid Card (which we talked about last month here). We gave the digital envelope approach a whirl on our grocery budget last month, and it did a surprisingly stand-up job of not letting us go over. Because guess what — it can’t! No overdrafts, no busted budget, no problem. We’ve already done some initial budgeting of what this list should cost, but if the card runs out with a few items to go, you might just hear about a family on the news that jumped the zoo’s fence and ended up in the gorilla cage. Cool.
We’re still compiling the last few items on our list, but we’re really excited with how it’s shaping up. Food, sights, more food, kid-friendly activities, photo-op locations, just a little more food — this list has got it all. Also, food! Here’s a sample of what we’ve started conquering and hope to conquer this month:
- Visit the High Line
- Splash around Washington Square Park’s splash pad
- Take a ride to the Top of the Rock or Freedom Tower
- Row a boat in Central Park
- Wave to some “Georges” (Sally-speak for monkeys) at the Bronx Zoo
- Take a ride on the carrousel in DUMBO
- Visit the Brooklyn Children’s Museum
- Let Sally fly down the granite slide in the Billy Johnson Playground
- Catch a baseball game
- Let Sally devour her first, very own ice cream cone
So that’s a taste of what’s to come. We’ll do a follow-up at the end of our 30-day challenge to recap. And while we’d like to think we’re total locals at this point who know the best bagel and pizza joint on every block, we’re still fairly noob-ish. If you have any other suggestions to add to our list, especially more obscure activities or eats, help us out in the comments!