Why is it that as soon as I determine to stay on a budget, all kinds of things pop up to try to make me come off of that budget?
I’ve got a weakness for spending money on two things – dining out and dancing.
I love delicious foods as well as the beauty of the presentation of that meal. Dinner for two ranges from $40 – $100 easily. But, oh! The gourmet combinations of spices, meats, vegetables and breads along with excellent service, too. Although that service doesn’t always have to come from a high dollar restaurant. It comes from people who are good at it and take pride in serving their customers. Good food and good service – definitely a budget buster for me.
Then there’s dance. Private lessons, floor fees for practice and a night out at a dance club. Actually, those expenses can be managed. But combine the incredible lure of a dance competition weekend with travel expenses and entrance fees, and well, it adds up in a hurry. The pain is lightened a bit if you can’t find roommates to share hotel costs. Hotel expenses often cost more than airfare to the event. So sharing is a good way for me to hold down expenses. Still, dance is a budget buster for me too.
I can refrain from buying cds, or more recently, downloading tunes. I can limit trips to buy clothes, visits to the dentist, car repairs and home decorating accessories. But missing out of a great dining experience with friends, or choosing to NOT attend a fabulous weekend of dance, with the best dancers in the world – it’s just not fair!
I wonder if I ever win the lottery if I’d still have to be on a budget.