Below is my entry for the Spoil My Sweetie Contest hosted by Ultimate Coupons. Enter to win up to $500 in gift cards.
Eric and I don’t get very many opportunities to spoil each other. A splurge for us consists of Thai take-out and a Redbox rental…and if we’re really feeling crazy, we may get frozen yogurt for dessert. So it’s a fun idea to think of how I would spoil my hard-working husband with $500, especially because we’re both constantly making sacrifices and putting off fun so we can pay off debt and build wealth. Sometimes, you just want to live it up, right?
One thing Eric and I love to do is go wine tasting. There’s something about wine tasting that makes you feel like you’ve been there a week when you’ve really only been drinking wine since 3 in the afternoon. While we’re not very refined when it comes to choosing wine (Trader Joe’s Two-buck chuck anyone?), we like to pretend.
Our splurge would first start with an overnight getaway to the place where we went for a mini-moon after we got married: Temecula. It’s only about an hour and a half from where we live, but it feels like you’re in a completely different world. There are hills of green and open spaces–something you don’t see very often in Orange County suburbia.
Temecula was also the site of the hot air balloon ride I surprised Eric with in July. Since we’re splurging, I’m not going to priceline our hotel and will instead make a reservation at the South Coast Winery and Resort for a complete weekend of wine tasting and relaxation. The winery-view rooms come with fireplaces and hot tubs!
We’d start off be settling in with our complimentary bottle of red wine and my favorite chocolate, a box of See’s Candies nuts and chews. Because if you should know anything about me, it’s that I don’t diet when I’m on a relaxation getaway. And I love See’s Candies nuts and chews!
Afterward, we’d gather all the two-for-one wine tasting coupons I scored from the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association and head out. What? You didn’t think I’d use a coupon during our $500 splurge? I’ll be using coupons even if I become a millionaire! I love getting the most bang for my buck!
Once the tipsiness sets in from our several half-off wine tastings, I’d love to have a quiet picnic on the hills of Temecula during sunset, watching the hot air balloons go up into the sky. Eric is a huge fan of cheese. There is nothing that boy loves more than filling his chubby little cheeks with loads of cheese. So of course I’d surprise him with a cheese basket.
The next day, we’d start our day off at the spa, with a couples’ massage. Then we’d lounge in the hot tub and sauna. I know this little overnight getaway would be enough to re-energize our batteries and motivate us to keep paying off our debt and saving our money for bigger goals–like a real honeymoon and eventually a home of our own.
I have a feeling once we got home, we’d want the relaxation to continue, so we may be ordering some bottles of bubbly through wine.com –with a coupon of course!
How would you spoil your sweetie with $500?