Truth: You can't have a great relationship until you can communicate and agree about money.I'm not in any way a college student. I have a full time job and because of that I budget, plan, work towards financial goals. But lately, ironically, all I want to do is spend money on travel. I got in some conversations months ago with a friend about her traveling all the time to see her girlfriend. Sadly I accidentally implied that she was unwise to travel all the time and be in a long distance relationship. Now the "she" is me and I get it. Travel is fun and I want to spend as much time as possible with Lo.
As with all things budgeting is a continuum. I just went looking for a story I heard on NPR about a guy who grew up poor and then realized his parents had been extremely wealthy his whole life. His parents were just hyper-frugal. When his dad died he found he was a millionaire. His mom didn't know any other way to live so even though she had all that money she lived exactly the same way, like someone who was poor. What really is the point of having money if it isn't for living?
Somewhere in this continuum is being intentional about finances, saving and giving money. Not using money all for oneself, using it wisely is something I strive for. But when it gets down to practicalities how does one budget?
I particularly wonder how to budget in the case of money for travel. Flight and gas prices are going up. I'm most grateful that Lo doesn't live further away. At least it's doable to meet in the middle. Hmm. I think we just decided on a meet in the middle trip for May and a flight for June. Still, seriously, how does one budget for a long distance relationship?