So often I hear of personal finance and frugal bloggers admitting their mistakes on their blogs. A lot of them feel guilty about spending money on something, and they talk about how bad it makes them feel to know they just wasted money. I’ve been there many times first hand, and I know that the guilt can sometimes eat you alive. But on the other hand- is there a time where you wish you had spent money and didn’t?
In 2005 Mr. Money and I got married in my home state and decided we wanted to honeymoon in Hawaii. We saved our pennies and used some money from family and booked our trip to Hawaii. I was still frugal back then, and we did make sure we got the best deal possible on airfare, hotel, and car with the help of my mom. She’s the ultimate frugal person. We paid extra to have a hotel buffet every morning (totally worth it even though I gained five pounds) and paid extra for a safe in our room and one mai tai drink at the bar every night. We also opted to go to a luau one night, and took surf lessons with tickets we purchased lower than cost at a travel agent when we got there. Believe me, we did a lot, spent more than we thought we would, but we did it frugally and I don’t regret it one bit.
I do regret not spending more. All my life I’ve been around horses. When I was younger, my parents bought me a horse and my mom said that was the best investment she ever made. Needless to say, I am a horse lover. I wish we had booked a horseback ride on the beach. I wish I had spent a little extra money and just done it. But we didn’t, the honeymoon’s over, and we can’t go back and change it. I’m happy with how our honeymoon ended up, but I still have that twinge of regret for not taking the horseback ride.
Do you ever regret not spending money?