Would you go to a resort for a weekend if it is cheap?

United States
January 16, 2012 11:26am CST
Hello fellow Mylotters. I do not know if I should spend the money on this trip, or just not go and do my hum-drum things. I am in a bit of a quandary, and would like your input. I have a few friends who want to go to a hotel at the end of the month, because the rooms are $33.00 USD a night at this resort, a special deal for this time of year. We have to spend 3 nights there, so that is about a hundred bucks just to stay in the place. No meals are included, of course. I just cannot see spending money like this. I need a roof for my garage and would like to purchase flowers for my garden again this year, not to mention all the other things I could use the money for. There are things I need, and others I want. They did say they would pay for 1/2 the room, and I would pay just $50.00 for the 3 nights. But, now there is food. In a resort area such as this, I will not find a burger for a buck. I could bag my lunch, and bring my own food, but they will probably not want to sit in the room at meal time, and really I would not want to eat alone in a place like this. My social life revolves primarily around Avon. My activities are limited, and it would be nice to hang out with a group of gals for a few days. However, I just can't see spending money I really do not have. Plus, if something comes up that I need the money for, such as car repair or house emergency, I would be so upset that I spent the money so foolishly. Then there are activities they like to do up there in that resort, such as play in the arcade. Cha-ching, more money! And there is no possibility of winning a prize. There is no payoff except fun, and I'm terrible at the games. lol. So, I kind of do want to go because of the experience. Maybe there will be a nice memory to conjure up in the future. It will be fun, but I shudder at the thought of spending so much money at once on things that are not necessary and do not last, when there are things I most definitely need to have. And, I really, really want the mini roses I see are on sale for 1/2 off, that is about $2.50 USD a plant! Plus, there are 2 collections of 5 I never see them that cheap! What would you do if you were in a similar situation? Would you go for it, and hope no emergencies come up that would require money? Would you buy the flowers instead? (the total for the flowers will be under $40.00 USD, for 12 plants!) I really want the flowers instead, but I also need to have some social time. Then again, the strays will not be fed while I'm gone, and my indoor kitties have been left for 2 nights in a row, but not 3.
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8 responses
@jlamela (4909)
• Philippines
22 Jan 12
It's pretty nice to go to a resort on weekend to escape the harsh environment in the city. So if there's a cheap rate or promo I would love to hop in and go away from the chaotic environment in the city. Beaches and mountain resort offers serenity and peace of mind.
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• United States
23 Jan 12
This is not a beach or mountain resort, it is located in the midst of a quaint little tourist town. There would not be many things at all do to that would not require money.
@alicia812 (648)
• Australia
17 Jan 12
Hi rosegardens. If I were you, I won't go. You have mentioned all the reasons for you not to go. And all those reasons are very sensible and wise. Why do you still have the hesitation? You are on the right track. Don't go as it is not necessary. There are other important things to spend on with your hard earned money.
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• United States
23 Jan 12
I hesitate because it would be nice to get away and be with friends. That part I would enjoy, but the money.......I just cannot spend that much money, and everything costs money once you get there. The only included things would be the pool (I am not interested in getting in a public pool. How would you know if it were cleaned properly) and the weight room. I have a membership to a gym (don't use it, but I have it). So why pay money to stay at a place to do things that I can already do here? Doesn't make much sense to me.
@scheng1 (24950)
• Singapore
17 Jan 12
Hi Rosegardens, I will not spend such money too. I think there is always a reason why rooms at cheap at certain times of the year, or there are other ways that the management can make money off you. It is likely that the food are expensive, and the management wants you to use the services at higher price. I think I will forget about it. Most people go during the best times of the year, and prices would not be so cheap, but then the weather is at the best, and you have more outdoor activities to look forward.
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• United States
23 Jan 12
Yes, if the weather is bad, it would not be so much fun to walk around the town. I do like the place, and have gone to eat at some of the famous restaurants, did a bit of shopping and walked around town. Then we came home, we did not stay overnight. The last time I was there, it cost me about $35.00 for a meal, some little trinket I Purchased and also some money for the driver. I think that was a little over 10 years ago though. I'm sure the exact same things would cost a lot more now.
• United States
17 Jan 12
While it does sound as though you need some social time, try looking in your area for something that is free. A garden club maybe? I have realized in my life that if I worry about the money I will be spending, and have specific reasons for not wanting to spend it, i.e. better things to spend it on, or saving for emergencies, it is better to not spend it. If your friends are bummed offer to do something else (less costly) with them when they return.
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• United States
23 Jan 12
A garden club is a great idea, or something like that. I do need to do something that is fun.
@Porcospino (16435)
• Denmark
16 Jan 12
I always keep some money for emergencies in case the car breaks downs or I need to replace something in the house. I think it is risky to spend all of the money, and I would be a little worried if I did that. In your situation I would find it really tempting to join my friends, because it sounds fun, but I wouldn't do it if it meant that I wouldn't be able to afford the other things that I want or need. I would tell my friends that I didn't have much money at the moment and that I am not able to join them right now, but maybe next time. I would also invite the girls for coffee or dinner at my house, so that we would be able to talk and spend time together without spending a lot of money.
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• United States
23 Jan 12
That would be fun I think, to have them over for a day and watch movies and play games. I do not know if they would actually like that though. One of these friends is only happy when she spends money. I don't understand it..........
@jeslin (147)
16 Jan 12
Well if i were you, i would reject my friends and say that i have some important business at that time of the week and am sorry as i am not able to attend. Look, like you say, you don't wanna spend money that you don't have and you need those money for a more meaningful thing. think about it, if u were to go on the trip, it is just 3 nights, done. When you come home, you would still have to stress about all those stuff that you wanna buy. So why not just save the money and do what you have to do? Besides, you won't be able to enjoy if you were to go on the trip as you would constantly feel guilty. If like what they say this resort stay has this promotion at only this special time of the year, don't worry, you will get your chance next year again and there are also so many more chances for you to go hang out with your girlfriends and be sociable. So do what you have to do and don't hesitate. Trust you instincts. =) good luck.
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• United States
23 Jan 12
Good point. I wouldn't feel guilty about going, but surely would stress about spending so much money on something that is not necessary, when there are things I really do need. Thank you!
@samd87 (327)
16 Jan 12
I feel that if you are having so many doubts about this, then maybe deep down you do not really want to go. Its great of your friends to offer to pay half of the money, but then as you say buying food and the daily activities will cost you quite allot. On the other hand I'm sure you would have a great time. only you can decide what to do, if you can afford it then go for it and have lots of fun, but if by going you will be left really short of money when you return then maybe stay at home and treat yourself to the roses.
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• United States
23 Jan 12
I kind of don't want to go, because of the money. I do need to do something fun, but it has to be something that is far less expensive to do. Thank you!
@prinzcy (5082)
• Malaysia
23 Jan 12
From what you wrote, you really really don't want to go. If you feel bothered, it's better to reject their offer. The point of going to a holiday is to enjoy and relax. If you are so against this, then how can you enjoy and have a good time. I am sure they will understand this.
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• United States
23 Jan 12
They would understand, but I am always saying no to them it seems. Just cannot afford some of the things they like to do. We can get together and do something else I guess. That does not require so much money.