We took a mini break over the long weekend to reconnect. Dolly, The Rambling Expat and myself headed out to Tumbling Waters Holiday Park for 2 nights of "soft camping". We pitch a tent, swam in the pool, went fishing in the Billabong and hang out.
The camping spot cost us $22 a night. I know we could have gone in the wilderness and it would have cost nothing. But I wasn't up to it this time. I wanted a feeling of safety, a crocodile free swimming pool and the luxury of toilets with Dolly. So we splurged. There was a free outdoor cinema, a visiting python and a pool just a skip from our tent. Luxury!
|Don't worry, The Rambling Expat is just hiding out of the pic - he's there just beside her.|
The biggest unplanned splurge was the restaurant. We weren't expecting to eat out and had packed tinned food. However the camp ground had an amazing open air restaurant with some of the best food we have eaten in some time. The fish and chips were melt in your mouth fresh and the herbed chicken burger was glorious. Who would have thought in the middle of the bush would be delicious food. The service was genuinely friendly which made it even more pleasurable and inviting. And so, the glutton foodie I am..... I succumbed.
We had budgeted $80 for the whole 3 day weekend but went over by spending a whopping $168. But even though I had a slight twinge of guilt as I noted down my spendings in my diary, I have no strong regrets - I relaxed, felt reconnected to my family and feel much more chilled out. No dishes, no cooking and no shop bought clutter brought home. I feel my hard earned dollars were not spent as wisely as they could have been but each mouthful and splash was worth it. Frugality took a step back this time. I'll just try to sell more of my clutter to top up my bank account for early retirement ;-)
Have you had any unplanned splurges that made you feel guilty or satisfied?
Hope you have a great week. I'm off to do some remote work again. I'll be on a 3 seater plane latter today and feeling very nervous. Think of me with my pounding heart and teary eyes :-(
Stephanie at Frugal Down Under.