The job I really want, the job that I could feel passionate about, is a job that is so undervalued and underpaid in our society that I cannot leave my far-less-important mid-level management job to pursue it. Elder care. I don't mean nursing. I mean the men and women who are doing the hardest parts of caring for elders in nursing homes. I know I could do it well and passionately- I've done it for free, more than once - but I can't AFFORD to do it.
I don't fault anyone for wanting whatever kind of wedding they want, but I'm so glad that I've never craved a fancy wedding. My fiance and I are getting married next month, and the total price (including venue, officiant, photographer, flowers, dress, shoes, and suit) will end up being around $2000, including the J Crew Ludlow suit that he can wear for the next forever. A florist quoted me $180 for a bridal bouquet. I'm going to make my own bouquet from Whole Foods. $180? Come on now.
I splurge on high quality beans from a local cookware/coffee shop, have them ground there, and make french press at home. The beans are expensive, but the savings from not buying coffee out is still phenomenal. I spend about $30 a month on beans.