Wishing you a serene and meaningful holiday. My eldest daughter got baptized last night in a beautiful ceremony in PA. Drove seven hours round trip just to see it but it was worth it to see her happy. I know I usually write about personal finance and two tanks of gas and two trips to Mickey D’s may seem like a waste to you but to me, it was priceless.
One thing personal finance writers never seem to cover are the ineffable, important, memorable rituals and ceremonies we all have to and want to enjoy. These things, like tithing, charity donations, gifts to family, are must-includes when it comes to a budget.
There are ways to save but sometimes, every single penny is worth a once in a lifetime experience.