I figured that if we were going on a mini vacation our funds would be VERY tight and the best way to cut cost is to cut activities. It was hard...many folks were asking us what we were doing for the 4th and I was so evasive. I'm finding that when you do things with others sometimes you end up spending more money than if you don't have anything planned. My hubby was sleeping off a youth all nighter at the church and the boys and I puttered around the house and yard. I didn't even buy extra food...we had burgers (already had), a small slap of ribs (already had) and mac and cheese (already had)...for dessert we stopped on the way to the harbor fireworks and ordered $6.00 worth of ice cream. So our 4th of July was an extra $6.00. When we came home my hubby and son stayed up making a pizza...but that was from stuff we already had in the 'fridge.
I know me. If we had gone to my sisters, or our neighbors or hung with anyone else, we would have spent more money. If my neighbors would have come over...I know I would have bought new towels for the front bathroom. If we would have gone to my sisters...I would have spent extra for the cost of gas. I'm typically thrifty, but not a super penny pitcher...but I love pleasing folks with stuff I THINK they might LIKE, regardless of the expense...so if I'm going to my sister's I try to make things I know she enjoys. Some of those dishes can get expensive when you're cooking from scratch. Unsalted butter, fresh peaches, heavy whipping cream, ribs, ... doesn't really matter what the dish is... somehow it gets expensive. Don't get me wrong, but when I know we're trying to go to Arizona on a set amount... which is so low...I can't even quote it...I have to admit I'm watching every penny. I did buy my youngest a new shirt...but I bought one with a collar so he can use it for school too...and I bought my husband some tennis shoes...he needed a new pair.
Is it me?, or have you noticed that lately the need to start saving what money we have, not frivolously shopping without an agenda or even window shop? Is it some sort of nesting for a global financial quake of some kind...
I don't know... but if our 4th was any indication...with God I think we can weather it.