Why Routine Isn’t a Bad Thing…
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…and how it can sometimes save you money!
Right now I’m sitting in my apartment on a Sunday morning sipping my coffee after I just finished a bowl of oatmeal. I would normally be getting ready for some beach volleyball games, but I played Saturday and during the last two games, I felt like I might have pulled a muscle in my right calf, so I’m resting it and catching up on some tasks, errands, and a little bit of work.
Saturday night I had a great night’s sleep in my comfy bed after a yummy dinner and watching a cheap movie from Redbox (The Imitation Game, which was awesome!).
Some may look at my life as pretty boring. I follow a pretty set routine almost every day, even eating a lot of the same types of foods each day. But what can I say? I’m pretty much a creature of habit, and I think overall it saves me a lot of money.
As many of you know, I recently took a road trip to visit The Mighty Five national parks in Utah and had a wonderful time. However, not being in my normal routine cost me some extra money I hadn’t planned on spending.
Now obviously on vacation, you do things differently, like eating out, spending money on excursions, accommodations, gas, etc. But it was the stupid little things of being thrown off my routine that got me.
Between my friend Megan and I on this trip, we must have said the words, “have you seen my _____?” at least a thousand times. I think at one point we were hysterically laughing at how many things we seemed to misplace. On one hike she nearly left her nice camera sitting where we had lunch, and lost one of her gloves that she dropped, so she had to add and extra mile to our already long hike to try and find it.
Camping is another beast in itself because things were constantly moving back and forth between tent, car, and bathroom. I’m pretty sure I donated many a hair tie and bobby pin to nature.
As much as I looked at the weather report for each national park before I left, it didn’t seem to help. The weather was “supposed” to be warm, but it wasn’t…at least not during the morning and night. Both Megan and I had to buy gloves and a hat in Moab because we were freezing. Yes, the same gloves that Megan nearly lost on a hike the next day.
As many of you who follow me on social media know, my iPhone died a tragic death in Moab. I had put my phone in the mesh pocket of my camelback, which is not something I use regularly, and when we got to an intersection we started running to make the light, and it decided to jump out in the middle of the street and get run over.
I think when you’re out of your routine you tend to do things half-assed or in a disheveled manor. Had I thought about it more, I would have placed the phone in an inner pocket…but I didn’t. Sigh.
How many times can you think of where being thrown off your routine has cost you money? Maybe you’ve had a stressful week at work and started getting too much takeout food? Or you just moved and can’t find that thingamajig? Or your closets get disorganized and you end up buying shampoo you already had sitting around?
For the record, I wouldn’t change anything about my trip. It was amazing and I really needed a break from work. But it also was really nice to come back to my normal routine and have things be exactly where I knew I’d find them.
I think a lot of times we don’t appreciate routine. We dream of year-long trips around the world and just want to get the f out of dodge. But those things do come with their own set of complications. It’s not that you shouldn’t, of course, but if you can’t do that right now then I implore you to find a way to be grateful for your current situation. The grass always appears greener on the other side.
Have you ever had a situation where a change in routine has cost you a lot of money? How do you keep your spending in check when you go on vacation? What’s the strangest thing you lost on a recent trip? How do you plan ahead when you know you’re going to get knocked off your routine?
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