We had a great time at Zach and Emily’s wedding last weekend. Blessed to be friends with each of them individually, the happiness I usually experience at a friend’s wedding was doubled for me. Zach and Emily were both so happy and so in love. It was amazing. Emily is a beautiful person but I haven’t seen her as radiant and happy as she was on her wedding day. We had a great time celebrating with them and look forward to sharing more happiness with them in the future.
Part of the reason the weekend was so great was because we didn’t have to worry about money or how we were going to pay for things this weekend. No, a wedding fairy didn’t come down and make the weekend free. We planned ahead for occasions like this in our 2012 budget. While we want to attack our debt and try to save a little bit of money, we don’t want to forgo life events and sharing in special, happy times with friends to do so. We now allocate money each month for upcoming weddings and other celebrations. We call this line in our budget our “participation in life” fund. Because we planned ahead, we didn’t have to worry about where money for gas, meals, tolls, the hotel, and gift would come from or put these things on a credit card.
Cheers to celebrating stress-free!