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Ask Rene:
My Husband Made A Promise To Our Daughter That We Can’t Keep! Help!


Hi Rene,

I need your advice!

Our daughter Sally has been struggling at school recently – so in an effort to motivate her my husband, Derek (in a moment of weakness) told Sally we would all go to Walt Disney World if she improved her grades.

Well Sally worked really hard and is now doing much better in school… but as you may have guessed, now we’re not in a financial position to afford the trip. I was recently laid off from my job and my husband’s hours have been cut. Any sort of holiday is just not feasible at the moment.

I’m angry with Derek for making a promise he can’t keep and don’t know how to tell Sally she now can’t go. Should we just put the trip on a credit card and go anyway? Or tell Sally the truth…

Please help Rene – I trust your instincts!

Carolina, Memphis



Dear Carolina:

Thanks for writing. I can see where this is troubling. The one critical piece of information missing from your letter is Sally’s age. For the sake of this answer I am going to assume she’s in late elementary or middle school, which would put her between 10 and 13 or so. If I were in your shoes there are a couple of things I would do.

2. Do Not Subsidize A Vacation With Credit Cards

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I would definitely NOT put the trip on your credit cards. First of all, God forbid your financial situation gets even more strained, you will not only have previous bills but now new ones you made during your trip. And really, how much are you going to be able to enjoy yourself if you are constantly worried about money when you’re supposed to be relaxing?