When I decided to take a few days off from posting last week, I was really hoping to be able to carve out some time to work on some behind-the-scenes things with the site and maybe do a little writing.
Instead, I spent a lot of time with family and friends and generally goofing off. It was good for the soul, and because I kept my wits about me, it was relatively frugal too.
My twin boys turned the big 7 this week, and I set a budget and stuck to it for their gifts. They asked for cupcakes instead of a traditional cake, so I whipped up a double batch using cake mixes I got on sale with coupons.
They certainly weren’t the prettiest cupcakes, but they were tasty, and I was able to share the cupcake bounty at two different family gatherings.
Fishing, Swimming, and Other Entertainment
We spent a lot of time fishing with my Dad this week. I had thought about writing a post about how to save money on fishing, and then I realized what a true cheapskate I am. My entire approach is to go next door to my Dad’s house, where he has a boat and a dock and he provides all of the equipment and bait. All I had to do was buy a fishing license. I will say this – My Dad knows how to save money on fishing – Every spring after each rainfall he gathers up all the night crawlers he can and then keeps them in his fridge for the fishing season. When night crawlers cost $3.50 a dozen (or more!), it’s a super great way to save on bait. I love taking my boys fishing and teaching them to catch their own food.
The boys also spent a good deal of time swimming in the lake. I really wanted to go, too, but as I get older, I have much less tolerance for cold water, so I just watched. It was nice to see the boys enjoy some healthy exercise.
We didn’t get to see any parades this year, but we did enjoy seeing the Fourth of July fireworks with family. Love it when the community puts on a great free show!
I also went out to breakfast (the cheapest meal of the day!) with a dear friend of mine that I haven’t seen in a few years. We had a lovely visit, and she had her mom’s loyalty card which allowed us to save 15% off our meal.
The Fourth of July always reminds me that summer is halfway over, and it’s time to start thinking about back-to-school shopping. The boys got their teacher assignments and school supply lists this week, so I spent a little bit of time implementing my back-to-school shopping strategy. I’ve gone through the boys’ clothing, shoes and jackets and figured out what items they’ll need. And I’ve shopped our current stash of office supplies for their school supply needs. I now have a list of exactly what we’ll need to shop for saved in Evernote on my smartphone. I’ll be stalking the sales fliers and using my Favado app to help me find the best deals.
My garden is looking the healthiest it has looked in years. I think it’s because I haven’t really touched it at all. My husband has been watering it, and I’ve pretty much left it alone.
I picked about 20 green beans this weekend (and more will be ready soon), and I can see a few tiny zucchinis that should be the size of baseball bats by later this afternoon. (Ha!) I was also able to use a little fresh basil and oregano from my garden in the spaghetti sauce I made on Sunday. I can’t wait until we have tomatoes!
What Living Frugal is All About
The past week was a good reminder of why we do all this frugal living business. We do it so that we can truly enjoy time with our friends and family without having to worry about money. The beauty around us is more important than the things we buy. The relationships we build are more important than the stuff we own.