Lo and Behold I can not budget for the life of me. Seriously, I forgot about parking garages costing money and that is actual cash not just the surcharge for using a credit card.
I was off by nearly $600. Seriously, for me that is alot and don't get me started on Easter Weekend Fun- it wasn't.
While the car and hotel incidental deposit did come back 3 business days later it was too late to celebrate the funds as the money had to go into care and comfort of the ER attendee.
I am looking at taking a jaunt this weekend if just to say Hi! To a Dear Friend of Mine and get in some more travel logging, plus I can read on the trip. Its incredibly tempting to do it but, then reality sets in. I could rent a car, get a hotel room stay out and spend more money and time. Oops! There it is gas tank $100, extra meal $35 plus tip, and do not forget to get Trinkets...must have trinket !
Lastly, I did not add in Time. As it is I don't charge others for my travel but I consider what my time is worth. I figure I am worth $300 a day or $45 an hour. Spending 3 hours on a train that is $135 am I saving money spending that amount of time or wasting money ? Is the activity worthwhile to do ? Also, I have spent nearly half of my daily value.
The option is that I can also save the money for a bigger and more luxurious event in 6 months and just spend $1200 on the hotel room alone. That does not include Food, Rental Car, or Trinkets. I am seriously considering it.