TGIF Round Up: I Spent Edition

by Karen on July 24, 2009

Thank you so much for being so supportive about yesterday’s announcement! I am so excited for this slight change in direction, and I can’t wait to get started.

Now it’s time for me to come clean. This week, I did something very unfrugal.

We bought some concert tickets. They were only $30 a ticket, which isn’t bad. But the unfrugal thing is the concert is in Washington D.C. six hours away, which means we’ll also need a hotel for a night, and we’ll have to board the dog.

Just as we’re coming up on the last month of our no spend summer, I spent. And the only explanation I have is that it’s Paul McCartney. THE Paul McCartney. 1/4 of the Beatles!

But seriously. As unfrugal as it is, this kind of thing is reason we save. We can afford this. We really want to do it. We don’t need to do it. This money would be better off in savings. But after a summer of scrimping and saving, I think we deserve it. I would rather spend $200 on an amazing experience together than let it slip away penny by penny in daily spending that I don’t even remember.

This is what mindful spending is all about. We thought long and hard about it, and we decided that we want to do this. Because we’re frugal, we have the money, so we’re not getting ourselves into debt.

The important thing is, it doesn’t negate all of our hard work. Because we lived so frugally this summer, we saved $1500 more than we would have saved on our regular budget, even if we do spend $200 on some concert tickets. So that’s that.


There have been a ton of great posts this week, so let’s get to it!

From around the blogosphere:

  • Bargaineering shares the list of the cheapest cars to insure. If you’re thinking of taking advantage of the Cash for Clunkers program, these are the cars to consider.
  • Small Notebook has some great ideas for how to get healthier and save money by drinking more water.
  • Simple Mom suggests 10 ways to prevent overspending.
  • Sense to Save hates to use her credit card because it feels like paying for purchases twice. It’s an interesting perspective that might make it easier for you to avoid charging!

And from the Pecuniary Associates:

That’s all from me this week! I’m going to get started on some brainstorming for new ideas, and I might even start on a redesign this weekend. :) Happy Friday!

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1 FrugalChick July 24, 2009 at 8:48 am

Only $30 for McCartney tickets?? Now that’s a wise spending choice!
.-= FrugalChick´s last blog ..How to make a scrumptious lunch on the cheap =-.

2 Karen July 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm

$30 for McCartney tickets IS a steal, even though we’re in the nosebleed section. :)

3 Fifi July 24, 2009 at 9:02 am

I love your blog! I think you deserve to spend a little on something you want every now and then. Besides it keeps you motivated to keep being frugal.

4 EastTXmom July 24, 2009 at 10:30 am

Occasionally you need to spend $$$ on yourself in order to remind yourself why you’re saving. I know that’s kind of strange way to go about it, but it’s kind of like working constantly and never taking a break, what happens? Burn out. Enjoy your concert and the time together.

5 Kacie July 24, 2009 at 10:43 am

Dude….don’t even call that unfrugal. It’s a once in a lifetime kinda thing! And you really have earned it.

And for pete’s sake, its PAUL!!! You would be silly not to go.

Have a great time!
.-= Kacie´s last blog ..Stay healthy to save your kids money, and another thing =-.

6 apieceofwood July 24, 2009 at 11:34 am

Hi – only just found your blog, but will have a good look around – it looks great!
.-= apieceofwood´s last blog ..30% =-.

7 Jill July 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Hey, nosebleed is better than nothing ;) Good for you for giving yourself a little splurge! You’re right, after all the saving–you guys deserve to realize the benefits of such savings!
.-= Jill´s last blog ..2 for 2 on Level 2 =-.

8 Rhiannon July 24, 2009 at 1:54 pm

I agree completely with this. And I’m going too!!!! I mean, seriously, when will you ever get to see Paul McCartney again? And will I regret spending the money? No way! Several years ago John Meyer came to my town and Maroon 5 was opening for him. I adore them both and am still kicking myself for not scrounging up some cash for that concert.

9 Kate July 25, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Have a great time and don’t feel at all guilty – as you said, that is why we budget in the first place!

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