$0 day to $45 day in one hour! (Not in the good way.)
Have you ever had a day where you had a nice free activity planned, and all of a sudden that free activity leads to a not so free waste of money? I'm sure you have. I'm sure it probably happens all the time to many of us. Let me tell you all about our latest one.
My wife, Moriah, took our son to his first trip to the Children's Museum. It was pretty awesome based on the videos she sent. Also it was free via her job. They were finishing up as I was getting off work, so I asked if we should grab some lunch........... And that's when it went downhill. Let me list the ways.
- We meet downtown, so I have to pay for parking. =$2
- Moriah had to move from her free parking space. =$6
- We visit a trendy restaurant...It wasn't great. =$25
- Daylen ran out of milk. =$4
- Tip. =$5
- Helped out a guy with a kid. =$3 (I feel that was money well spent. Pay it forward!)
By the time we were done, we had spent $45 on a lunch that wasn't even that good when we could have just went home and raided the fridge!
Now by no means am I suggesting that you should not occasionally go for an impromptu lunch with your family. But I am suggesting better planning can save you some cash. For instance:
- We could have met away from downtown where we wouldn't have to pay for parking. +$8
- We could have picked a known restaurant to us (Like Habaneros on the north side. AMAZING!) And saved on a better meal. +$10
- Daylen would have been able to eat from our plates. +$4
- No tip necessary. +$5
Just with that we would have saved at least $27 on that outing! Moriah told me after we got home how Project Money is really helping us realize how wasteful some outings can be. Again, nothing wrong with spontaneous outings, but even spontaneous things can be tempered with good choices.