I came to realize something on that vacation. You know the cliche statement ‘I want to get away from it all’ that accompanies planning a vacation? Well, what exactly is ALL? It might include your job, obligations, stress, location, routine, family, weather, etc. You know what else it might include? A desire to escape worrying about money. That is what I wanted a vacation from.
There is a time to worry about your money and be frugal. There is a time to enjoy it, share it, spend it. My first wife understood what I was talking about and agreed to loosen up the wallet a bit. I, in turn, promised not to spend $10,000 dollars on a painting of Elvis on black velvet.