- 4 months ago
My friend is having a 30th birthday party during the last weekend of March2020. It is during the school autumn break, so time-wise, I should be able to go. But, there’s a slight problem with finances…. the context: she lives about 700 km away, or an hour’s flight. Previously, I would just stay with her when I visited, so I didn’t need to worry about accommodation or car rental.
But this time around she has already said that I can’t stay with her, so that would mean I would need flights, car rental and accommodation. As things stand right now, return flights are (currency is South African Rand) between1400-1700 depending on time of flight and airline, transport to and from airport 400, accommodation around 500 per night x3, car rental around 200 per day x3, and petrol of around 500. This adds up to at least 4000 before a present, or food. I only take home 16k a month. So that’s a quarter of my salary for a weekend party?!
I don’t know if I can justify spending so much for a weekend, never mind the fact that I currently have 50 bucks in my account- I know there’s four months to save, but again, a quarter of my salary on a party, when I can actually use it for my Masters school fees?
I thought of driving, but I would need someone to drive with, and while the flight factor wouldn’t be there anymore, the time on the road, petrol and wear and tear would need to be factored in, as well as going back to work the very next day.
I don’t know what my options are- I love my friend dearly, but can I justify this expense? (For the record, I missed her 21st for very different reasons, and we’re still friends, so skipping the party might not end the friendship, but it could change things)