The reasons I have for being grateful this week, despite the fact my flight was canceled and my trip home ended up costing more than I thought it would.Hello everyone, welcome to the weekend! I hope you all have plans to enjoy Father’s Day if the father figure in your life is near. I’m actually writing this from my parents couch, so as you can tell, I’m visiting for the occasion.

This week has honestly been a whirlwind I’d rather forget about. In a nutshell, our flight ended up getting canceled at the last second without any reason.

We were rebooked on a flight leaving the following day, but ended up booking with another airline because I simply don’t trust Spirit anymore. (More on this in another post.)

It’s a good thing I trusted my instincts, because that flight was delayed/canceled the next day. We ended up paying $314 for another flight, and Spirit only partially reimbursed me.

Because my mom didn’t want to bother family (our flight was at 8:45AM with the airport an hour away), we ended up staying overnight at a hotel instead of going back to someone’s house.

Overall, it was a tiring first few days this week, and I’ve been completely off my routine since. But, since the purpose of this post is to remain grateful, let’s see how well I can do…

Looking On the Bright Side

Well, for one, the flight we booked going back actually had a layover in Charlotte. With my mom’s permission (I didn’t want to leave her stranded!), I got off there and had R pick me up at the airport. She then went on to SC (where we normally leave out of, because it’s cheaper).

The original plan was to have R take Tuesday off. He was going to leave to come to my parents’ house on Monday night, stay over, and then we’d leave Tuesday.

So at least a trip was saved – especially since we came back this weekend. R did take a half day on Tuesday just to relax at home with me, though, which was nice!

Always Grateful for My Grandma

While our flight ended up not being free after all, my grandma came to the rescue on the hotel. I had been calling family back and forth to give them status updates as we made new plans, and my grandma was concerned we didn’t want to be picked up.

She finally relented and said if we stayed at a hotel, she would pay for it.

I learned long ago that if my grandma offers help, it’s near impossible to refuse it, and honestly, she gets insulted if we do. She ended up mailing me a check before we even got home, so there wasn’t much I could do.

I was getting rather upset at how much the trip was costing us, and my mom was stressed about getting back a day later (she actually ended up missing a day of work), so this really helped us out.

My grandma has always been the glue that ties our family together and I know we wouldn’t be where we are today without her generosity.

A Gentle Reminder to be Grateful

I do have to say one thing…staying with family wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. I don’t want to get into the details on here, but suffice to say I’ve gotten used to only being around R, who is fairly easy going.

I’ve written before that I used to be pretty cynical, and my sense of humor (in real life) is pretty dry and sarcastic.

However, I’ve made an effort through this series of posts to focus on the good in life, because being cynical all the time is emotionally draining.

Boy oh boy did I get a reminder of that last week. There are some people who just can’t be happy. They have to find something to complain about no matter what.

I couldn’t take it after a few days; the negativity wore me down. And this is coming from someone who probably acted the same way maybe two years ago.

Isn’t it funny how seeing other people act a certain way makes us reflect on our own actions? I’m actually grateful for that in and of itself, because it makes me realize how ridiculous I’m being sometimes.

Regardless, I think a little gratitude goes a long, long way in helping any situation, and your attitude. There’s just no reason to complain about the tiniest, inconsequential things. Especially when it’s hurtful or offensive to others.

Writing Around the Web

How to Plan Ahead With Your Budget on Wherewithal – This is something I’ve been talking about a lot because not a lot of people do it, despite how easy it is. Even if you don’t keep a budget, at least make note of when certain expenses are going to pop up!

5 Signs It’s Time to Leave Your Job on Frugal Rules – I’m not proud of it, but I’ve left quite a few jobs over the time I’ve been working. I never do so without thinking it over, though. These are some of the more common signs it might be time to leave your job, and I also include what you can do to better your situation before jumping ship.

5 Things to Consider Before Becoming Self-Employed on Young Adult Money – On the other side of the coin, I talk about what you need to think about before quitting your job and jumping into self-employment. It’s not an easy transition, and there’s so much more I could have included here.

How to Tell if Your Student Loans Are Private or Federal on Magnify Money – Surprisingly, many students graduate from college not knowing a single thing about their loans, least of all, where they come from. Most loans are federal, but if you’re not sure exactly what that means, this post is for you (or any friends with student loans!).

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! What are you being grateful for this week? Do you ever need a reminder to be grateful? 



  1. Petrish @ Debt Free Martini June 20, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    I agree about being more grateful, for lately I have been complaining so much about being in the military and the other day I really had to check myself and my attitude. I am about to retire with benefits that people work twice as long to have and a pension check forever. Also my daughters education is on Uncle Sam’s dime. Yes it hasn’t been easy, but I realize that I really need to be more grateful and happy for this bless opportunity.

    1. Erin M. June 20, 2015 at 7:36 PM

      I am as guilty as anyone with complaining at least a few times during the day, as much as I know it’s not productive. I was more or less talking about nitpicking at things. =) My dad has shared many stories from his time in the Navy and I’m always thankful for those that serve our country. At least you’re almost out! I think it’s natural to feel a little anticipation before getting to retire as you just want to be done with it, but it’s always good to look on the bright side.

  2. Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank June 20, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Erin, I am grateful that I can still get to spend time with my Father. I feel so lucky that there are still chances, thinking of others who have none. This Father’s Day, I want it to be the most memorable one for us to remember and cherish for (something to be grateful for).

    1. Erin M. June 21, 2015 at 9:08 PM

      That’s great, Jayson! I’m sure your father appreciates that. I feel the same way, which is only cemented by the fact my fiancé’s father passed away when he was really young. I’m very grateful my dad is still here and that I was able to spend some time with him this past weekend.

  3. Tonya@Budget and the Beach June 21, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    “Isn’t it funny how seeing other people act a certain way makes us reflect on our own actions?” Yes! I went to the laundromat this past week and I was kind of in a bad mood all week. This guy there was an a-hole to people and being so rude and loud. He was on his computer and phone hogging a folding table and this lady needed a space, so he was like, “uh, do you MIND? I’m trying to work here!” It was just how he said it. He just had that energy about him that was gross. It reminded me of my own actions and the fact that even if I don’t say anything but i’m in a bad mood, people can read that energy. So I tried to be extra nice that day. Or keep that in mind as I move forward.

    1. Erin M. June 21, 2015 at 9:07 PM

      Great example! I sadly pretty much have “resting bitch face,” so I feel like in situations where I’m meeting people for the first time, it’s especially important for me to be mindful of the kind of energy I give off. So many of us don’t think twice about how we’re affecting people – even in the laundromat! – but we do.

  4. Melanie @ Dear Debt June 22, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Sorry about your flight :( What a bummer. But good thing you are focusing on gratitude :) I totally understand how exhausting it is to be around people that never have one good thing to say. It’s so tough!

    1. Erin M. June 22, 2015 at 10:13 PM

      As someone who doesn’t travel often, it definitely threw me for a loop! Exhausting is a good way to describe it. I’m just happy to be home now!

  5. Done by Forty June 22, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    Sorry for all the travel snaffus. Very cool that you can come through it with a positive attitude though.

    1. Erin M. June 22, 2015 at 10:12 PM

      Ha, believe me, I was a lot more frustrated in the moment. It’s a lot easier to reflect and get over it now that it’s behind me.

  6. Mark@BareBudgetGuy June 22, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    Living far from family, I usually get super excited to spend time with them. I usually get my expectations way too high and can end up being frustrated. So now I try to keep them low, it helps me stay grateful :)

    1. Erin M. June 22, 2015 at 10:11 PM

      That’s a good strategy, Mark! One I usually use for life in general. I suppose I should keep that in mind next time. =) I think what can make it hard is the fact we usually stay with family, and being “on top of one another” (and without a car of our own) can contribute to some unhappiness.

  7. Chela @SmashOdyssey June 25, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    I have flown SO much this year because of work, and I feel like almost every flight I’ve been on has been delayed. So much more than ever! I really think this can happen with any airline, not just Spirit. This year alone, I’ve been delayed on Spirit, Delta, American, and Southwest (multiple times). Ugh. You just learn to roll with it! :)

    1. Erin M. June 27, 2015 at 1:19 PM

      Wow, that’s insane. I wouldn’t have minded if we were able to get out the same day, or if we had received a free room to stay at. Considering the trip was supposed to be free, we ended up paying to babysit instead, and it was just an unfortunate situation all around. Admittedly, it probably would have went over smoother had my mom not been there as she was much more upset than I was!


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