One of the bigger decisions that we have to make at the moment is the next big thing we’re going to spend money on. At the moment, it comes down to a choice between going to the United States on vacation this December, or moving into a new apartment.
The apartment that we visited last night seems really nice, and checks almost all of the boxes it needs to check (ground floor, three bedrooms, balcony, affordable…). The two criteria it doesn’t meet are location (we had wanted to live closer to the nanny) and a kitchen big enough to eat in (this one will be a tight squeeze, but we’ll make it fit). There’s even an extra area that could be transformed into a guest/music room and office. And the best thing about this apartment, besides the fact that we’ll almost double our living space) is the fact that it’s across the street from a really, really nice park- perfect for summer evening picnics, and just general running around.
On the other hand, I’ve been really looking forward to going back to the US for a visit. I’m missing a twenty-year jr high school reunion this September, and I want to see my family and friends sometime soon. It will have been about a year and a half since our last visit, if we go in December, and any longer than that and my feet start itching for the feel of American soil.
There are advantages to both decisions- more space, seeing my family, more space, getting to see friends, more space, indulging my cravings for American junk food (the best junk food evah!). And the only disadvantage comes down to the fact that we probably won’t be able to afford to do both.
I guess this is what it means to be frugal and adult with your money. Sticking to a budget. Paying bills on time. Choosing between two things that you really want, when you can only do one.
What do you compromise on?