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My wife, son, and I got to spend a nice long weekend in our old college town. We met in a small college town in the mountains of North Carolina and we have always been drawn to that location. We try to go back every year to enjoy the sites and get some hiking in. Since our son’s birth 4 months ago, we haven’t been able to do much traveling. It was a little different this time because we went with my wife’s side of the family. We rented a cabin in the mountains and spent three days there just relaxing and shopping around town.
Time to Relax
One thing that I haven’t been able to enjoy is a little time off. Since I started this blog over 7 months ago and my son’s birth, I have been going full throttle. While I have really enjoyed running this site and watching it build, there are times that I just need some time off. Some of you might have noticed that I was a little quiet this weekend, but I did it on purpose. This weekend was my chance to relax and I took it. 😉
Spend or Save?
Every since I started paying off my credit cards 4 years ago, I have leaned on the side of saving my money. I had wasted it away on credit card payments and I wanted to build my net worth. There were times that I didn’t go out with friends because I couldn’t afford it or didn’t want to spend the money. There were other times that I would go out and just get a water, but still enjoy the company of friends. Each and every night, I would ask myself the simple question of “should I spend or should I save?”
There has been a lot of talk lately about how you don’t need to spend in order to create good memories. While I inherently believe this is true, I found that this weekend was a little different.
Did I just splurge?
I am going to admit that I splurged this weekend. I am not afraid to admit this to you because I try to be truthful here on Debt Roundup. I had the opportunity to save my money by picking different things to do, but I wanted to enjoy this trip. I can honestly said that I really did enjoy this trip.
My wife and I were able to enjoy a date night on Friday because my son’s grandmother wanted to watch him. We could have had a simple dinner and then just done whatever we wanted, but I wanted to treat my wife to something special. We decided to enjoy an intimate dinner at the restaurant we went after we got engaged. We try to go to this restaurant every time we go to the mountains, but it is not always possible. This restaurant is very high end and very expensive, but the food is nothing short of phenomenal.
I would not usually spend as much as I did, but this was a very rare occasion. Not only did we get to enjoy a little piece of history, but we got a date night with just us. I would have spent much more for the time I got to spend with my wife, so I am completely happy.
When I would rather spend than save
As I indicated, I think about each thing and wonder if I am going to spend or save. I am good at creating cheap entertainment for myself and my family. Though I love some cheap entertainment, there are times that I just want to splurge. I work hard to make good money and support my family, but I don’t want to just save it for a rainy day. Who knows what is going to happen and if you can’t enjoy your money, then what is the point? I won’t splurge all of the time, but when I do, I choose the right moments. This weekend was that type of moment. I am glad that I got to splurge this weekend because I was able to create some great memories and wouldn’t have traded it for anything.
So, when are the times that you would rather spend than save? Do you splurge on memory creation or just to have some fun and get away from the debt grind?