I’ve already mentioned that my birthday (30th) and me and my honey’s anniversary are coming up—really soon. We’d been talking about doing something, such as a little getaway. My main goal was to do it inexpensively, of course, but that wasn’t the same as my husband’s.
My honey wanted to have a great time and more specifically go to a casino and not really care about how much money it ends up costing. *cringe* He says that is the reason that we save money, so that we can use it instead of credit.
I understand the idea of paying cash and not using credit to pay for things, that’s superb stuff there. What I don’t get is working so hard all year long to save money when all we end up doing is spending almost all of it in a week.
Trying to think from my honey’s perspective
My husband works hard, really. I don’t mean that he sits at a desk and does paperwork or computer stuff all day, I mean outside, manual, hazardous, stressful, physically taxing work with frequent overtime. I wouldn’t be able to do his job and I respect how hard he works to take care of us. He never complains about much, never asks for anything (except for meat, it must really suck when a non-meat eater does the grocery shopping) and treats me like a princess.
He’s an exceptional dad and never gets angry, he just laughs stuff off. We’ve been together for like 10 years, engaged for 7 and married for two; we’ve never had a single fight. We do our best to communicate and work out any potential issues, which involves sometimes talking about feelings—which has got to be rough for him. 😉
He is one of most selfless people I’ve ever known and deserves to use some of his hard-earned money if he wants to. Did I mention that he’s the only one working? How could I tell him no, he pretty much gives me anything I want. Aside from going gambling, he’s also trying to give me a great birthday and a special anniversary, which is really sweet.
So that’s why I’m going to suck it up and not complain or gripe (too much) about the massive amount of money that is going to be spent very soon. I’ll try and do my best to save us money while we’re there and come up with more suggestions for entertainment than gambling alone.
So how much is it going to cost?
A lot. I’m actually a little scared to think about it. We’ll be driving there, which is about 200 miles round-trip, staying in a hotel for 6 nights, we’ll need to eat and there’s also the cost of doing stuff. Honestly, I think the biggest cost will be the gambling.
Last time we went gambling, we spent $500 and that was only one day. Imagine the damage that could be done in 6 days, oh my. I’ll do my best to keep our spending low but I’m preparing myself for the total cost to be around $2,000. That’s nuts, right?
It could have been worse
Originally, my honey was set on going to Las Vegas. That was actually my fault for mentioning it, it just sounded fun. So, we compromised. He still gets to go to the casino and I get to save some money. Vegas is so expensive, at least when you hang around the strip. $2,000 is nothing compared to the amount we would spend in Las Vegas.
Why 6 nights?
I know six nights seems like a long-time but my birthday and our anniversary are 3 days apart, so if we wanted to be away for both, then it would be 4 nights. The additional 2 nights are actually my doing, I really need a chance to clear my mind and recharge.
I’ve just been so overwhelmed this past year and it seems like my daily tasks keep multiplying, it’s really exhausting. I’ve been having difficulty focusing and there are a billion things swirling around in my brain at once, it’s driving me mad.
I’m hoping that getting away from most of my responsibilities and chilling out for 6 days will be enough to help me relax and realign my priorities and hopefully restore balance to the force. 😉
Thankfully, we’ve got a house sitter, babysitter and pet-sitter already lined up just in case we went somewhere, and it’s all free. It really helps living close to family sometimes. But what about my blog? Worry not, I’m trying to get my posts written ahead of time for the days I’ll be away and then I can just schedule them for when I’m gone.
As for your comments (which I love, by the way) I’ll most likely wait and reply to them when I return. I do promise that I will reply to each and every one of them, just like I usually do. Unless, somebody goes on some crazy comment binge and things just get ridiculous. I’m hoping to have posts for every day so that I don’t have to shove in a bunch of guest posts.
It’s really going to suck to drain all this money out of our savings but sometimes you gotta do things that set you back a bit. I’ll really have to get my save on after this holiday.
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