Miraculously I still have $150 in Checking, $50 in Savings and $0 cash on hand. I have yet to purchase the $100 Gift Card I intended to give as a wedding present.
Part of me is saying just stop being cheap and go buy it. It's not your friend's fault that you have so little money. She is important to you and you should honor your friendship with an appropriate gift. Also to not give a gift is so tacky. She even invited you to stay in the totally awesome beach house for free!
But part of me is saying, woah, you already gave her engagement presents ($80) and purchased a plane ticket ($505) to attend this wedding. You are giving up one of your vacation days at work and will spend about 12 hours all told in air travel over the course of one weekend to visit a destination that is on just about no one's list of places to go to in October.
So I'm going to put up a poll - the first on this blog - soliciting advice. Here's a little more detail - friends/roomies in college, very close but have not seen each other in several years. Lives in a destination I could easily get to for less than $100 but is having her wedding in a remote location. What is the "appropriate" gift for me to give?
When voting I would ask you to not necessarily take into account my dismal financial condition but mostly what you yourself would give for this occasion. Or if your opinion is based solely on your evaluation of my budget please indicate as such in the comments.
Thanks and hurry up because I leave Friday morning!
BTW: I am still predicting I will need only $50 for the weekend because the beach house is six miles from the airport so at a rate of $3.00 per mile I can get there for less than $20. All meals and alcohol are covered. No hair or makeup for me this time (not a bridesmaid).