I recently returned from 8 days on the road with my boyfriend. We started deep in the heart of Texas, wound our way up to Utah, then over to Denver, CO, and eventually made it back to Texas. It was a lot of driving, a lot of time together, and a lot of fun! The thing it wasn’t? A lot of money.
It’s a tale as old as time: you’re in a relationship where one of you is a saver and one of you is a spender. I know – I’m in that relationship right now. I am as frugal as they come. I’m happy to eat in every night, wear thrift store clothes, and watch Netflix.
My boyfriend is by no means a flashy big spender, but he definitely enjoys meals out, date nights outside of our living rooms, and is generally more relaxed about spending money than I am.
I was really worried about coming off as cheap or a killjoy with my frugal ways when we began dating. I had to learn to share my frugal side with my partner.
When we talk personal finance, we’re usually talking about how to earn more money, save money, or invest money. Managing money comes up of course, but it tends to be more how to manage your stock portfolio, or how to manage multiple side hustles. The nitty gritty of money can fly right by.
Staying organized and on top of your accounts is extremely important, though. If you’re checking as often as you get your mail, you’re probably okay. If you check Black Keys ticket prices more often than you check your financial accounts, there may be a slight problem.
Traveling is widely cited as one of the best decisions people ever make. From road trips during college to a year in Europe to teaching English abroad, people love going elsewhere. Why not? We live on a stunning planet and people over the centuries have formed incredible cultures. All over the world are different foods to be eaten, dances to watch, natural beauty to take in, and customs to learn.
Traveling is a way to learn about new people, see new places, and try new things. It’s one of life’s most wonderful experiences. It can also be one of life’s most expensive – so much so that some people avoid it. If you’re interested in traveling, we can get you to some pretty stellar places for some pretty low prices.