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"The high price of friendship" or "Why I'm eating poorly this week"

Monday, May 23, 2011

I'm going to a wedding in California in a couple of weeks. I'm excited because I also get to visit my family for the first time since Christmas (including my grandfather who has been in the hospital since March with a stroke). Unfortunately the main purpose of this trip, the wedding, is making me broker than broke.

I live paycheck to paycheck as it is (NYC is a VERY expensive place to live) and this added expense is killing me. The airfare, hotel, dress, gift, etc. has cost me over a thousand dollars. This is money that I didn't have just lying around. So, now I am flat broke and can't afford to buy any groceries until next week. In the meantime I'll be eating whatever stuff I have left at home, which isn't much. Thankfully I have mostly healthy stuff but I did use my last $2 to buy "lunch" from the vending machine. I made the best choices I could from a limited selection but I know my nutrition is going to suffer this week.

Oh well, it's worth it to see my friend on one of the happiest days of her life (and the bonus of seeing my family helps tons).
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  • EBEAMS
    Amazing, isn't it, what love will get us to do??? If you had to make eating whatever is at home an adventure without a cause to justify it, you would be spitting mad! But love and family can make us do things WILLINGLY that we would never, ever do by our own choice! Sacrifices for the people who are important in our lives are what make the memories so sweet! Someday the wedding and the time spent with family will be what you remember most about this chapter in your life ... you will laugh about the stuff you ate to make it happen! Way to go! Keep up the great work! emoticon
    2733 days ago
  • TISHA80
    I can understand what it's like to truly be broke. I also live paycheck to paycheck. It can be really frustrating. I'm sure it will totally be worth it to be at your friend's wedding, and see your family, though. The people I love, are the most important things to me, and I will do anything for them, including making myself broker than broke. Do the best you can with your eating, and maybe try to work in a little extra exercise. You are not going to do too much damage in a week. Good luck! You can do it! :)
    2734 days ago
  • SMILE2HAPPINESS
    Wow, way to stretch a penny. I guess in the end, it'll be worth it, but hang in there in the mean time! emoticon
    2734 days ago
  • SMILINGTREE
    I once worked in a pottery shop that had a bridal registry. I remember a lady coming in to buy a wedding gift. The one she chose was out of her price range, but she refused to purchase something less expensive. She was crying as she checked out.

    Going to see your friend is one thousand times better than spending too much on a gift just because you know that she will know exactly how much you spent. There aren't many reasons I'd be glad to be broker than broke, but a close friend's wedding combined with a family visit is one of them!

    Eat what you must, and have fun!
    2734 days ago
  • EZZERMARIE
    It's tough, but you can do it! I live pay check to pay check, and it can make things difficult (as you well know).Do the best you can with what you have, and just keep that end goal in sight. And you're right, being with friends, and family, DOES make it worth the money in the end :)
    2734 days ago
  • CAROLYN_ROSE
    Weddings cost so much!! I'm sure you'll make due with what you have. Maybe even try and get a little creative in the kitchen? Throw some things together that you wouldn't think of??
    2734 days ago
  • MISSB8604
    You can do this girl, it's going to be hard but it is doable. I too live paycheck to paycheck, and unlike you, have nothing but crap in my house (I live with my parents). Do the best you can, and don't hesitate to ask people for help.
    2734 days ago
  • MNABOY
    We are not on a diet but working to achieve a healthier lifestyle. Money does impact all parts of our life, except happiness, so you deal with the cards you have. Drink lots of water!
    2734 days ago
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