$500 on a wedding? I barely know you!

My cousin's getting married. I'm happy for him, but I barely know him. I've met his bride twice. I'd love to be a part of their big day, but the wedding is six hours away by car, and I'm a single mom to a two year old son.

Here's my problem. If I don't go, my parents and other family members will be incredibly disappointed in me.

If I leave my son with a sitter overnight and fly in, it will cost me at least $560 for the flight, sitter and gift.

If I drive, the cost falls to $385 for gas, sitter and gift.

If I drive and take my son with me to save on the sitter, I will arrive exhausted and frazzled from driving alone for seven hours with a toddler screaming in the back seat. This option will cost about $185.

It seems like no matter what I do, I'm screwed. Not to mention that I don't even have the $500 to spend.

What would you do?

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