Posted by Tim Stobbs on January 4, 2011
I’m currently on vacation while I write this post. It’s basically my own fault that I didn’t actually finish writing all of my posts prior to getting onto a plane. So I’m writing this from my hotel room in Honolulu, but that works out well since I’ve noticed so far on my trip that I’m under my budget by a lot. Which is why I am starting to think I’m frugal to my down to my bones. I just can’t be any other way.
For example, we noticed right away after arriving breakfast around here can be a very expensive event, but you can also get bacon and eggs every morning. My wife and I both agreed that really isn’t our style since we typically eat lighter meals for breakfast and then eat a nicer supper. So we found a grocery store and picked up some fruit and yogurt for a couple of breakfasts. We’d rather save the money on that and not be in a rush to get out of the room in the morning and then put the extra budget amount into supper. It’s just how we like things.
It also seems to apply to my shopping habits. My wife so far has a dress, ring, necklace and a few other items to take home perhaps totaling under $90. In my case I’ve spent $15 and have just two items. My problem I’ve noticed is I like to look a lot prior to buying and think about what I really would like to take home with me and then find the best deal. It’s not like I can’t afford the pay the money, I just find it hard to overspend on something I know I can find a better deal on. So I wait and will likely do more shopping later in our trip once I’ve settled on what I want and what is a decant price.
So even with my being well under budget I still look for a deal on coffee to take home and I’m fine with that. I’m just accepted I will likely always be frugal down to my bones. It’s just how I approach life. So do you find it hard to spend on vacation or do you find ways to enjoy some things on a dime and then just blow the money on other things?