Using Credit FOR You! (and a chance to win $100!)

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Somehow my kids are nine and seven. I cannot even begin to tell you how that happened. It seems like just yesterday that we were bringing our first little bundle home from the hospital and feeling completely helpless. Those days seemed to go by so slooooooowly. Diapers and feedings and late nights never seemed to end.

Yet here we are. Nine and a half years later and days that go by like seconds. It dawned on me recently that my nine-year-old is potentially halfway through his time with us at home. HALF WAY!

Gosh. That reality just sent my mind reeling. It took me a while to recover and then it changed my way of thinking. We needed to move out of survival mode and into living-in-the-moment mode. 

I decided that we really needed to start living for the moment as a family. Sometimes the craziness of life with little kids just sucked time away. Or planning for future things caused us to miss out on present things. We needed to focus on 365 days of memories and not only focus on the handful of "big" days that are on the calendar. Not that those days were bad or unimportant, but there was so much life in between them we were missing out on!

Hand in hand with that was also a shift in our minds from things to experiences. We decided to get serious about travel with our kids. We started putting our dreams into actions and the first step we took was getting a rewards credit card. We did our research and found one that suits our needs. We pay as many things every month that we can with it and then (most importantly) we pay it off every month!

As a result of that planning...our first dream trip is coming up next June as we head to Norway and HALF of our airline tickets will be FREE with rewards! We will spend the next 365 days planning and dreaming of that trip and making getting there part of the journey! All it took was the right planning and utilization of our resources!

For us, having the right credit card, being smart with using it, paying it off every month and planning well has helped us shift from pinning everything on a handful of days to turning every day into making a dream come true! We will make lots of memories leading up to our dream trip and then the trip itself. We've even started thinking about trips beyond Norway! What once seemed impossible, is now possible for us! It's all very exciting!

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