Sun shining, calm breezes, crystal blue waters, 78 degrees F. Sounds like paradise, doesn’t it?
Even in paradise, surrounded by all this beauty and splendor, you still can’t avoid your debt. I know, I must be crazy! Thinking about what I owe in a heavenly place like this. When you do a budget vacation, you can’t escape it. I’m taking a unique look at it and considering it a challenge instead – a challenge to keep a budget in paradise. Believe it or not, you can!
On Wednesday this week, I was reminded of how much abundance I do have in my life; the many things I should be grateful for.
The reminder came in the form of a depressed, surfer-hippy woman, living out of her pickup truck. A beaten up, crammed to the hilt truck with all her life’s possessions and memorabilia. The stereo blasting out classic rock tunes while she shouted into her cell phone at the irritating family law automated phone system. I realized that even having nothing in paradise can be depressing.
She was trying to finalize a divorce. Two joints later and one phone call had reduced her to a sobbing teary mess. I felt extreme sadness and pain for her. Divorce can be an emotional roller coaster (I’m sure the weed didn’t help her), coupled with having nothing – much worse. She was very alone.
Each day I get into the rental car, I remind myself; money must be saved for gas! Don’t buy too much booze or macadamia nuts! Both are highly addictive in their own way.
The Paradise budget – how have I been doing?
Grocery contribution to my parents $50
Punalu’u Bake Shop $10.15 Yummy sweetbread and malasadas!
Gas $20, Walmart $39.27 Even in paradise, you need James Bond! Skyfall came out, so I bought it and a few toiletries.
Hawaii Botanical Gardens $15 plus $5 to my dad for a dinner contribution
KTA $14.55 Bottle of wine and my fave Sencha Green tea
Macy’s $77.35 to pay my outstanding bill from New York. I left unscathed otherwise! I’m in paradise, do I really want to be indoors shopping?! HELL NO!!!!
Grand total: $306.32 of my $500 cash budget used.
I’m very lucky on this trip; I’m able to stay with family and use the kitchen for meals and know all the low cost places to buy groceries!