Today at happy hour after work:
CW1 and CW2 are talking about CW1's friend, who went to Coachella.
CW1: My friend snuck into a Coachella party. Well she didn't really sneak in, she paid half for a wristband and split it with a friend. It was like $250 and she didn't even get to go in until 9pm. She was just sitting outside the venue all day. She posted on her facebook like "oh I got to see [band]."
CW2: I saw [band] in LA for $30. Coachella is such a waste of money. With the livestream there's no reason to actually go, except to say you were there.
CW1: Yeah, with transportation and the campsite and whatever stuff you buy there it's like $1000. I could just take a picture of myself with a random background and be like "I'm at Coachella, this is awesome" and no one would know the difference.
CW2: You know how I saved a lot of money? By not going to Coachella.
CW1: No-chella! [They bump fists]
And then, when I'm talking to another coworker.
Me: Yeah, I have to fly to Vegas and back every week [for a temporary work assignment].
CW3: So do you party a lot?
Me: No, I don't know anyone there. It would be weird going out alone and besides I don't want to spend a lot of money.
CW3: I know what you mean, I hate spending money.
Me: Me too!
CW3: I'm going on vacation with my friends, we booked a rental car and it was supposed to be $150. But my friend did the booking and it turned out to be $225. I told her to call them back, I wasn't going to pay that, just thinking about it made me feel sick to my stomach. So she did and we got the car for $150.
Me: Yeah, I try to save as much money as possible.
CW3: Right, it's like how am i going to retire early if I spend all my money?
Me: That's my plan too! To save money and retire early.
CW3: We should have a support group.
Me: [tells her about MMM. Hopefully she'll check it out!]
My faith in humanity is officially restored, at least for the moment.