Sorry for the quiet, folks. Saturday was spent celebrating Tim’s birthday. Sunday was spent being hungover from said celebrations.
We ended up getting a hotel room out in Tempe to play pool and drink. Too much of the latter, as it turned out. But as I nibbled on my crackers and sipped my Powerade yesterday, I realized that this — nausea not withstanding — is why we save.
We had money set aside for some fun because each month I put $100 into a vacation account. Which means that I didn’t have to interrupt Tim’s birthday fun by fretting about prices. Especially when the only decent tables we could find — besides being 20 miles away — were $12/hour. Plus the cost of drinks.
In fact, it meant that I could suggest we just get a room out in Tempe so that a) I wouldn’t have to drive home and b) could drink. Even if I perhaps should’ve done less of that last one.
Of course, being frugal, I’d already scouted hotel prices online, so I knew which ones were both affordable and very close to the pool hall. We ended up paying $129 for a very nice room (even if we didn’t use it much) with a fireplace on the rooftop to better admire the view. Well, that or the hot tub, which was also on the roof.
Alas, it was a little last minute, so we hadn’t thought to bring swimsuits. (And who knows whether mine fits anymore.) But we’ve discussed going back next year for a full weekend. In which case, we’d get to enjoy the view more — and I’ll definitely remember to cut back on the drinks.
Including a couple of sandwiches we got beforehand, the drinks and table, and the room, we paid around $220 for a night out. Painful on the face of it. But we had the money available, and this was how we chose to enjoy some of it.
And that’s what frugality is about: Saving where you can to spend on what matters most to you. And sometimes boring adult things like $25,000 dental implants.
But mostly it’s about choosing what’s important to you and eschewing as much of the rest as you can get away with. Whether that’s saving thousands with Hulu, paying less than $4 for phone service or any other of the myriad ways Tim and I avoid what most people consider “regular” expenses. (Yes, I know that landlines are no longer “regular” but since we don’t have cell phones, that’s $4 for all calls me make.)
And to me what matters — besides a healthy savings account — is getting to occasionally indulge Tim without worrying (too much) about the bottom line. So that’s why we save.
Why do you save? What are you willing to spend on?