the Budget verse the Experience – POLL

posted 4 months ago in Money
  • poll: Stick to the Budget or Splurge on the Experience?
    Stick To the Budget : (29 votes)
    43 %
    Splurge on the Experience : (38 votes)
    57 %
  • Post # 16
    Member
    11770 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    I will be honest and say that the idea of an interactive bowling party with people who already dislike each other or have some kind of grudge  sounds like an idealistic recipe for disaster. I would not force it. In your financial position I would focus on the wedding and not a rehearsal dinner anyway. 

    Frankly, I would never have spent money on a wedding reception at that stage of our life at all. But definitely do not go over budget. 

    Post # 19
    Member
    6018 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2016

    Since you are really looking forward to it and the bowling party has an added purpose of avoiding drama, I’d say the splurge is worth it. I would go for it with the intention of paying it off within the month AND also set myself the challenge to earn that money before the wedding so that you don’t have to use the card (but it’s there just in case).

    Post # 20
    Member
    914 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    $80/pp for bowling, pizza/wings, and beer/wine for 3 hours seems really expensive IMO

    Post # 21
    Member
    743 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    MissCtoMrsR :  I like the bowling option but I agree that it sounds expensive. there is no way my parents threw bowling parties for me if that’s how expensive it was. I understand booze but come on. I still think it’s better than a dinner though.

    Post # 22
    Member
    11770 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    frenchtoastvegan :  I was speaking for myself, young, just about to be married, not yet home owners, not yet paid off school loans, future children and their education to save for and not yet where we wanted to be with retirement savings. 

    In other words, for me, not in a financial position to justify spending a lot. 

    Post # 23
    Member
    1671 posts
    Bumble bee

    Honestly, it’s hard to answer this question without knowing more about your financial position, and you shouldn’t feel obliged to share that. 

    Like, do you two combined make 300K a year? Okay, have your 2K bowling party. 

    Do you combined make more like 50K a year? Your 2K bowling party seems unwise. 

    Post # 24
    Member
    452 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Using credit card and paying it right away with no interest does not count as debt to me.

    If you really looking foward to bowling night I say do it!! once in a lifetime experience and $1100 doesn’t seems excessive.

    Post # 25
    Member
    25 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2019

    It sounds like you are looking forward to it and it sounds like SO much fun! So I say if there is a way to cut back somewhere in another part of the wedding/reception or in your regular life to ease some or all of the overage, then go for it! 

    Post # 29
    Member
    547 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2020 - Summer Camp!

    frenchtoastvegan :  Maybe go without an open bar as well? If they’re less drink, they might argue less, and it’ll cut your cost. Win-win? Also, I’m glad you were able to find a more affordable place!

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