Save vs. Splurge
This month I asked your opinion twice, and here’s what I decided to do.
First, I asked generally about tips on yoga and making it affordable. Many of you said studio is the way to go. For me, at this point in my practice, I agree. It has been so rewarding and I think it is worth going at least once a week. Right now, I’m allowing a maximum of 2x a week for a worst-case cost of $88 a month. It is a lot, but it is worth it to me. I will try out free classes, but I’m pretty fussy about location (as in, distance from my home or work). My yoga studio is literally a 3 minute walk from my apartment, and that is worth a lot to me. To do this I had to buy a 20 class pack for $220. YIKES, that was a lot all at once. I don’t expect to have to buy it again for at least 3 months. SPLURGE! Although still evaluating options!
Second, I asked your opinion about staying in the wedding hotel or staying somewhere else. I was really torn on this. REALLY torn! Ultimately, I cancelled the reservation that I made at BOTH the nice hotel and the crappy hotel (I’m one who covers her bases!). I found something in between on airbnb.com. The taxi cost will be negligible. I still am a little upset about this, but logically, it is a horrible value to stay at the wedding hotel. I’m a logical person, therefore I had no choice but to do the logical thing. The savings here was $250 instead of $350 since I opted for a nicer back-up place, but the place is not a dump. So that’s good! More money for wine! I mean… SAVE!
[On a side note, no one in my real life seems to have heard of Airbnb! I only asked like 2-3 people, but still! Is this catching on with your friends yet? Do you think it will? I think it will for sure!]
Do you have a “typical” save vs. splurge pattern? I usually splurge on things I view as one-time purchases (vacations, hotels) while avoiding large recurring expenses (yoga). This time I did exactly the opposite!
Summary: If you add a $30 cab ride in, my two decision had a net effect of $0! Thanks for your inputs!