For this post, I thought I’d change things up a bit. Think of it as the awkward vacation edition. Generally, these posts are a recap of how people in my life question our money-saving choices. Since I’m writing this cozied up to the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica–seriously, our hotel’s wifi stretches all the way to the beach–I thought I would share some recent comments that I encountered while planning and taking this trip. A few focus on splurging. A few focus on frugality. And all of them left me feeling more than a little awkward.
“Wait, you’re going to pay for wi-fi?”
When I detailed our travel plans to a friend, I commented on the fact that we could probably connect online. “Wait, you’re going to pay for wifi? Isn’t that like $10?” I’m still not sure if that was a dig at how little I spend in my day-to-day living or if it was a comment about being too self-indulgent. Either way, I looked him flat in the eye and said, “It’s $8. For the day. There are worse ways to waste $1 an hour.” Boom. I was so proud. Normally, I’m all tongue tied in the discount produce aisle of the grocery store when exchanges like this happen.
“We could never afford a $10,000 trip.”
As we recounted our travel itinerary to Mr. P’s coworkers, we didn’t even get far enough to name the province in Costa Rica because they replied, “We could never afford a $10,000 trip.” You know the cartoons where the characters’ blinks become audible? Blink, blink. Blink. That was the exchange between my husband and me. What do you say to something like that? Our two friends quickly joined the blinkfest. After some uncomfortable shifting in which the only noise was the tug of the pleather chair on the back of my legs, I let out a weak, “It wasn’t even close.” And before I could say, “Southwest vacation package,” the conversation mercifully shifted.
“I recognize that bikini.”
I tried to honor my friends’ unwritten code of conduct for Facebook posts and limited my vacation photos to two so far. It’s not that they post sparingly. It’s just that these aren’t photos of food or babies or Crossfit. Much to my amusement, a friend commented that she recognized my bikini. Probably because we bought it together at least two years ago. And probably because as long as it still fits, it is going to be the last swimsuit I buy. Since, you know, finding a decent suit took nearly three decades. My reply? “I don’t think the monkeys minded.” Because seriously. There are monkeys just off the beach, and who cares about fashion when there are more pressing questions like, “Do monkeys bite?” and “How do you say rabies in Spanish?”
“I can’t wait to turn up the air conditioning.”
No sooner did we flick the lights on in our room than did my husband let out a bold declaration: “I can’t wait to turn up the air conditioning.” My initial reaction was the defend the decision to keep the temperature between 76 and 78 degrees in our house. But really, there’s no real defending it. It’s cheap. And it’s better for the environment. Did I mention it’s cheap? I opened my mouth and then promptly closed it. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right? I did the honors and cranked that thermostat down. Little did I know, but 72 now feels downright chilly.
So Tell Me…What is the most awkward situation you’ve found yourself in as of late?
Note: If you haven’t already done so, check out the interview that I did with Andrew at Family Money Plan. You know, in case you need more proof that I’m awkward.