When you think about your early married years you think freedom to travel, eat out when you want, take spur of the moment trips, yada, yada, yada (at least we did). No kiddos, no babysitters, no limits.
"Oh the fun adventures we will have!"
And believe me, we know couples that do this. They exist. (You may be one of them- lucky!) They take couple trips, and go on weekend adventures, and eat out at nice restaurants...on weeknights!
Now I don't know where these folks are financially, they may have a bankroll under their mattress, they may have mortgages, & car payments and credit cards out the wazoo, they may save up for their "just for fun splurges". I don't know and quite frankly 'tis none of my beeswax. I do know how we pay for things however.
I think we are a different breed, a horse of a different color if you will. This is how we roll.... We both work full time, we outright own our cars, we rent our house, we don't own a single credit card, and the only debt we have is the hubster's law school loan (and we are VERY thankful for parents who footed the bill for my undergrad and D's undergrad aaaannnd MBA - I know we are fortunate to have had that luxury) and let me tell any of you aspiring lawyers....law school ain't cheap! We function on a budget, albeit a flexible one, so that our extra dough at the end of each month can be socked away for savings or to pay extra on "El Loan-o". Yay for discipline! .....right?!?!?
While the excitement of being debt free before we're 100 is neat-o, I think we've forgotten to remind ourselves that spending a little extra money doing "fun stuff" is worth the extra $2 in interest we'll accrue, and that when discussing dinner plans we don't guilt ourselves out of going to a sit-down meal because we can save $20 by just grabbing a subway $5 footlong.
Don't get me wrong ....boring can be bliss.
In 'Friends' terms...we've decided that it's time to be a little less Monica and a bit more Phoebe. Anyone have any creative, fun, inexpensive date night ideas??