Your Las Vegas chicksinger sincerely hopes that you are enjoying a fabulous summer filled with family BBQs, trips to the beach, outdoor concerts, patio dining and all that’s wonderful about summer! We’ve been quite busy ourselves what with family weddings, family moving, the Little Man learning how to swim (Mommy learning not to help too much, yikes, that’s hard!) movies on Netflix, etc. And, of course, working hard and trying to maintain our budget. Well, ok, when I say budget, I really mean, pay the bills on time and maybe even put something into savings. Maybe.
So, this past weekend, the Big Man and I decided that a date night was in order. In fact, it was completely past due. Our last date night was several months ago. We don’t generally have the same days off, so when it does occur, it either means work was slow or we have something to do. Now, you may have heard of a little movie opening this weekend called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. We LOVE the Harry Potter series. And, when we realized that we had Sunday together and a Gramma available, date night was on! But wait! Could we afford it? Was it smart to spend money on dinner and a movie and a little time in the casino? There was a time that the Big Man and I didn’t even blink at spending 2 or 3 hundred dollars on a night out. But now, what with the economy, a Little Man to take care of, less work, higher cost for food and gas and utilities, and, ugh. We almost didn’t go. I mean, that would have been the right thing to do, right? After all, it is our responsibility to take care of our family and our bills, right?
Well, of course, right, silly! BUT! It is also our responsibility to take care of our marriage. It is our responsibility to participate in our community and support it by taking care of it and by being a consumer. Now, I’m not telling you to raid the college fund and let it ride on red 23! But, come on, friends! We are all working hard and to keep everyone working, we’ve got to engage in our surroundings!
Let’s count how many jobs we encountered on our date night: We used Fandango to buy our tickets and then picked them up from the cashier. There was the sweet young man who took our ticket stub and the smiley teenage girl (who liked my earrings) who sold us soda and pop corn. There was the kind, older man who was cleaning the theatre as we left. We had a late night snack and some lovely wine served by a waiter who was clearly the only one left, but served us with a smile. The cocktail waitress who wished me luck at the roulette machine (yes, I bet my $1 on red 23) and the dealer who complimented my husband on his good playing. That’s 7 jobs kept with one little night out! Not to mention we had a great time and instead of our usual conversation about when is this getting paid and what gigs do you have this week, we talked about the horcruxes and how many there were and that we just knew that Severus Snape was a good guy! It was light and fluffy and fun. It was great for our marriage. It was necessary to our well being.
Then on Monday, something a bit magical occurred. I wasn’t dreading work. In fact, I was looking forward to it. I was motivated because I wasn’t just paying bills and saving for college and retirement. ALL important things, to be sure. But, friends, it is also important to spend a little of that hard-earned money on something fun. Something that makes you happy. Enjoy your spouse, your children, your friends. Take them out and treat them to a good time.
Use the resources that are all around you! Sign up for Groupon or Living Social and receive notices for 50 to 90% off goods and services. We enjoyed Terra Verde (Green Valley Ranch Spa and Resort) for our late night snack. We shared an appetizer and main course, sat in front of the fire and I enjoyed 3 glasses of wine! Well, they were only 1 oz pours and they were rather expensive wines, (Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Jordan Chardonnay and one of my TOTAL faves, Cakebread Chardonnay) but I made my own little flight and it cost only about $12!
Living Social is another great app for discounts on goods, services and travel. Be open about your hotel room and use Priceline or VRBO.com to rent someone’s home. Use your brains, people! We are all in this economy together! I don’t want to hear about any more amazing places closing, like Rosemary’s or Nora’s Wine Bar. because they don’t have enough customers. Let’s get ourselves out of this recession by getting Out and About and supporting your neighborhood, your community and your country!
groupon, netflix, columbo, harry potter, when you go out and spend a bit it makes working feel better too. spend money on what you love as well as your obligations its your duty as a participating human being!