The Freedom to Do Stuff Like This

by Kevin on August 4, 2008

This past weekend we went out of town to do our quarterly get together with a bunch of married college friends. The guys hang out — drink beer, play poker, go golfing or bowling — and the ladies do their thing (shopping).

This weekend was a little different than the ones from the past. We are made up of four couples and we’ve got our first pregnancy in the group. They are due in November and as you might expect everyone is super excited for them. The rest of us got together behind the scenes and decided to throw them a miniature surprise baby shower.

It was a lot of fun! We played one heck of an intense round of “Pregnant Twister” where you stuff a pillow up your shirt. Not only can you not fall down, you can’t lose the pillow either. Who knew Twister was so exhausting?

This Weekend Highlights Why I Love Our Personal Finance Plan

Thanks to our plan, I didn’t worry about money all weekend. I knew we had the money saved up to enjoy time with our friends. To go out to eat. To play a round of cheap 9-hole golf ($15 total including cart). To drive two hours one way to be with friends regardless the price of gas.

“It’s not about the money. It’s about what you can do with the money.” My boss has said this and while I disagree with the statement in the context he gave us, I do agree (for the most part) on the personal finance side of things.

We’re not saving money just to see who has the biggest pile when we pass away. We’re saving money and living frugally so we can do the things we love to do.

And that’s true freedom.

What about you? Are you sticking to a money plan?

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Bruce August 4, 2008 at 2:07 pm

That is true freedom. Well done.

Congrats to your friends. A new deduction for 2008. A lot of fun too.

I agree with the statement “It’s not about the money. It’s about what you can do with the money.” At least in the way you perceive it.

PT August 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm

Amen, brother.

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