As part of our move we got serious with the Dave Ramsey budget. It has helped us tremendously with making our money decisions during this change in our lifestyle. Some of our new way of life is simply a ‘learn as you go’ exercise. Some of it is common sense and are things that can help reduce stress no matter what level of freedom you choose to pursue.
As I said, we went all in with the budget. But, there have been a few things that we’re learning and adjusting to. One of those is that I didn’t account for the increased cost of going to a restaurant in an area that is typically frequented by vacationers. Even though we’re currently in the Fripp Island, SC area during off season, we’re finding that a lot of restaurants still have the “let’s take advantage of vacation people” prices. I’m not accusing them of anything, they just don’t adjust prices for slow seasons.
So, with that in mind we will have to be more intentional about where we go and how often. I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing that the chains will have prices that we are more accustomed to.
This is just another part of the learning curve. By the way, whether you are going all in like we are, or you just need to get a handle on your finances, we highly recommend Dave Ramsey’s program. You can find it here: http://www.totalmoneymakeover.com
Brodie and Jodi