At the beginning of their junior year, Joel and Meghan set a plan to spend a month of summer break in Europe. They’d visit Meghan’s family and tour their way through some other countries. Joel knew that if he planned to propose, this was the absolute perfect time and place to do so.
With about a year to save, and a plan to pop the question at the famous, and ridiculously romantic, Eiffel Tower, he knew the dollar amount would need to be hefty. In addition to the ring, he’d also need to save for all the costs that would come along with a month-long stay in Europe.
He had a steady job on campus, and started a Goal labeled “France.” He set an ideal amount, and contributed daily from his Safe-to-Spend. He’d also add in a couple extra hundred dollars here and there when he could. He never dipped into the account, and his excitement grew each month when he saw his savings piling up.
As they set to depart, Joel was feeling pretty good. He’d saved for the ring and the trip and felt financially ready to take on Europe. With money worries out of the way, he was free to stress about all the engagement details instead.
He had Meghan’s sister join their trip to the Eiffel Tower to photograph the whole surprise. Jetlagged and with butterflies in his stomach, Joel popped the question on the second day of the trip. He wanted to spend the rest of the month touring Europe as fiances because hello … what could be more romantic?
Meghan of course said yes.
Newly engaged and excited to adventure together, they spent the next month driving the country roads of France, visiting Meghan’s family and sightseeing. After that, they explored Belgium, Amsterdam, Italy, and the Netherlands.
A highlight for Joel, besides the engagement of course, was their visit to the Mont Saint Michel in Western France. He’d been obsessed with castles and dragons as a kid, and it was amazing to see a real life castle, especially in a country as beautiful as France.
A year later, Joel and Meghan are officially husband and wife, and have shared accounts with Simple. They’ll continue to save for travel, adventure, and all of life’s little happenings together.
Joel and Meghan, thanks for sharing your story. And congratulations, you two!
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