Traveling is Worth the Money
You know what isn't cheap? Driving to the front range and back. Even less affordable are the trips to eat or shop with family and friends. But it's absolutely worth it.
My boyfriend and I packed our furry children into the car with a suitcase and headed to Broomfield for a wedding this past weekend. We took two extra days off of work. Let me rephrase. I took two days off, he, deservingly, has started his spring break and didn't have to request the time off. The wedding was beautiful and we both always love getting extra time with family and friends.
Our puppies just love the car. :)
The trip isn't cheap. We use an entire tank of gas but we both drive cars that get great gas mileage which makes the $50 fill-up easier on the debit card than a $100 truck fill. We always try to bring snacks and sunflower seeds so we don't need to buy food on the way. We fill the iPod with podcasts (free) and good music to get us through the drive.
On a just-for-fun (ha!) trip to the huge Cabela's in Thornton I told myself, and everyone else, we wouldn't be buying anything. I have been looking for a good pair of hiking boots (after my slide down Mt. Garfield in my tennis shoes) for months and of course I found a very nice pair for $50 which I was told is a “great price”. My lesson here is that once I say “I'm not going to spend any money” I always find something I have been eyeing anyway. I unclenched my jaw, walked around in them for a while and gave the nice gentlemen behind the counter our debit card. I'm sure they will last a very long time and I will need them so it was a smart purchase but being overly frugal makes it hard to spend anything at all.
Sometimes the idea of spending extra money is completely outweighed by being able to have time with our family and friends. It was wonderful to see everyone and I'm glad we were able to do so. We are very lucky to both have jobs and make enough money to be able to take trips and afford our bills every month. I'm reminded that I am lucky to even have the option to be frugal at all.