My girls and I have spent nearly a year sharing our fun (and sometimes clever) frugal ideas with all of you in this blog, and maybe it seems that all we care about is saving money. Not true! In fact, the main reason we use coupons, pay off debt, look for the best deal or do without, is so that when we REALLY want to spend money on something important or fun -- we can! All without fear or regret -- or using a credit card.
For instance, last Saturday was my husband's birthday. At our house, birthdays are a big deal. For the first 20+ years of our marriage, a "big deal" meant breakfast in bed, a few brightly wrapped presents, Grannie's homemade cherry chocolate cake, and crepe paper streamers and balloons hung from the kitchen light. But now that the house is paid off and most of our children are raised, we have really beefed up our celebrations! For the past 5 years, David and I have flown to Los Angeles, rented a snappy convertible, stayed at the super-ritzy Ritz-Carlton, and spent one delightful evening eating filet mignon and watching world-class magic at The Magic Castle in Hollywood. For my husband who has loved magic since he was a teenager, this is a dream come true! In fact, after our first trip, he said, "We could do this trip every year for my birthday for the rest of my life and I would be happy." And maybe we just will.
This trip is not cheap, as you might have guessed (although, we do fly free with our Rapid Rewards points from Southwest Airlines, and I pre-pay our hotel room which saves us $30/night, and Merrick's darling husband gets us the family discount on our rental car through his job), but even with those deals, this trip costs quite a few pretty little pennies. But because we watch all of our pennies during the rest of the year, we can take this wonderful trip every October and never think twice.
What would be the point of scrimping and saving, just to end up like Ebenezer Scrooge with piles of money, but no happiness? That's not the goal at all. One of our beloved religious leaders, Russell M. Nelson, once said, "Money is a library card to experience." We remind ourselves of this often. You only live once. Don't squander your precious and hard-earned resources so that you can never have the experiences or things that will have made your life worth living.
This is the whole purpose of being frugal. This is the whole idea behind this blog: Be that Frugal Wife, so you can have that Wealthy Life. Whatever that might mean to you.