Last night, I returned from the amazingly beautiful Blissdom conference in Nashville. I soaked up every last bit of wisdom, inspiration, and fun I could squeeze into my four days away. Others spent only two days at the conference, arriving late or leaving early — to save money.
I get it. I really do. A hotel stay is expensive, but I’m big on making the most of blog conferences. I can’t help wondering if it’s worth missing part of the event. And, I got to thinking about all the other things we miss out on, because we don’t want to spend the money.
Turning down dinner invitations with friends because you didn’t budget for a restaurant meal. Skipping date night because the cost of a babysitter is more than you can afford. Missing out on quality family time because you don’t have the money for a vacation this year. Sure, you’ll keep more money in your pocket, but at what cost?
The next time you’re tempted to say no, just to cut costs, think about free and frugal opportunities instead. Offer to host dinner at home. Enjoy a girls’ night in. Find a family to swap sitting with — or tuck the kids in bed and find a way to date at home. Seek out family fun in your hometown.
Just don’t miss out on your life, just to save money!