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I Spent More Than $600 On A Fun SaturdayFirst off, I know many of my personal finance friends may have a dislocated jaw from how fast it just hit the ground. That sounds like a huge deal; and honestly, the morning after I did it, I really questioned if it was the right thing to do. In the end, call it financial justification, call it stupidity, or call it an honestly worthwhile expense (I prefer the latter); I feel like the right decision was made. I'll explain why in a little bit, but before I do, let me tell how the money was spent. I Owed Ana Big Time Ana is really an amazing woman. I'm sure you all know that by now. Something my blogging and side hustle friends also know is that it takes a lot of work to build a blog, a business, and an "I do what I want when I want" income opportunity for yourself. As many of you know, I worked a full time job up until January 1st. On the 1st, after careful consideration of what could happen for better or worse, I decided to quit my job. When I quit my job, I didn't stop working as much; as a matter of fact, I started working even more hours. After all, I had to make it, and do it on my own this time. There was no guaranteed paycheck on Friday, there was no insurance, no paid holidays, no weekends, nothing; that is unless I made it happen for myself. Knowing this, I've poured countless hours into the businesses I've created. Unfortunately, that's taken a ton of time away from Ana. I find myself saying, "I'm going to work until 10 tonight baby, I'm sorry" quite a bit. And her reaction every time has been,"Why are you saying sorry, I know what it takes to make money" or something to that effect. She's never complained about the hours I spend working, or not having enough time. She just supports me and enjoys the time we do have. With that said, we haven't been out much lately. Sure, we'll go play pool, or go to the island with friends; but we haven't really had a date in a very long time. I figured it was time. How The Date Went The date started by driving to the top of Mt. Hood in the morning with Sweetness, our beautiful little border collie! We went to a few different lakes, enjoyed a scenic drive and had some great conversation. When we got back home, we decided that the date didn't have to end there and Ana started getting prettied up to go down town. 3-D Glow In The Dark Put-Put Golf OK, this was friggin awesome everyone. The entire place is lit by black lights and has glowing painted decorations. The neatest thing is, for a buck fifty extra a person, you can buy 3d glasses and really make it an awesome experience. There was a wait, so we started off with a drink at a bar in the same building while we waited...what better way to make put-put more fun? Before we started playing, we made a deal that we would keep our glasses on the whole time...if they come off, you lose. That's because the bar tender told us that it was disorienting, and we saw it as a challenge. Anyway, technically Ana lost! She took her glasses off as I got disoriented and started to walk through a thin ramp made for golf balls that started to crack under my feet. Nonetheless, she loses. However, if we go by the score cards, she got her ball in the 18 wholes with 1 less stroke than me....so she got a victory too! Adult Arcade No, I'm not talking about nudity games. In downtown Portland, there's an adult arcade that sells mixed drinks and offers games like Mario Cart, Donkey Kong, Mortal Combat, Pac Man, pinball machines...literally all the classics. We spent about an hour, maybe an hour and a half there and had a blast. Our $336 Meal This was the most expensive part of the night. We budgeted plenty of money and it started to get late. We were forced to make the decision to eat cheap and party all night, eat expensive and go home and enjoy each other's company, or eat cheap, grab a movie, and go home anyway. We hadn't been to a nice restaurant in a while, so we decided we would go all out and splurge on the finest dining..."meah" Pinkies up everyone! We walked around downtown looking for a place to go and finally asked a door man at an 5 star hotel where we could find a "nice restaurant". He asked that question every frugal man trying to show his lady a good time hates to hear..."How much money do you plan to spend?" First off, how do you even answer that question. Here's the choices I see...
- I've got plenty of money, call your goons to come rob me!
- I'm broke, but it's all good.
- Finally and the one I went with - I'm not quite sure, I don't want to think about it.
Why I Believe There's Nothing Wrong With Our Splurge DayThere are a few reasons I think this splurging was OK. Here they are.
- Income - To my surprise, June income was absolutely Amazing. We were able to do our normal saving, pay all of our bills, eat, and still put an extra $1,000+ into savings for our wedding. The marketing firm is really blowing up, and I've got my hands in a few other businesses at this point...The work is finally starting to pay off!
- Savings - I far exceeded the savings goals I had for myself in June. When I say that, I mean I tripled them! Sure, I could have went for 4 times the goal, but I personally think I did great!
- Ana Deserved It! - As I mentioned above, Ana is incredibly supportive of just about everything I do. She's not paid to be supportive, she's that way because she loves me. However, she sacrificed just as much, if not more than me when it comes to the business, our savings, and more. It was time to pamper her!
- I Deserved It! - It's been a long time since I spent any real money on myself. I'm a firm believer in the concept that if you make it, don't blow it; but always remember to spend something on yourself. Since I've been spending just about nothing, the something should have added up at this point to something big. So there frugies!