There’s the saying that the best things in life are free.
Recently we’ve cut out budget way back to help meet some of our financial goals this year. That means our fun budget is pretty thin right now. But that didn’t stop us from having a great weekend.
Working in the financial services industry, I get to take all of the Federal holidays. Yesterday, Presidents’ Day, was one of those. I took Friday off as well and enjoyed a nice 4 day weekend.
We didn’t really do anything, but it was a fantastic staycation nonetheless and it cost us next to nothing.
Part of becoming financially free is to escape the materialistic mindset and find joy in the simple things of life.
Things like letting our boys try our their high chairs for the first time:
Or things like last night where my wife and I sat down to watch the new Star Trek movie that we recorded when it came on TV over the weekend. (Free movie!) I memorialized the occasion by building the glorious man-sandwich pictured at the top.
Cost of the evening? About $3.50. But we had a great time! I enjoyed it more than if we were to go out to dinner and a movie and spend $40.
I’ve heard a lot of people say they can’t cut back their spending because it would take all of the fun out of their life. But, I’ve found that giving up some of those things you spend so much money on allows you to really experience some of the most joyful and satisfying moments.