Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Best things in Life are Free

One aspect of frugality that can be the most difficult is the feeling that you're constantly denying yourself the things you want. Spending money can be more fun than saving it, but there are ways that we have fun and make our families happy without breaking the bank.

The simple things in life make me happy. I love sleeping in a few extra minutes, getting to enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning, lazy Sundays where the kids wake to their own internal clocks, and the chance to spend time outside in the dirt. I think my kids would agree with that last one. They love to ride their bikes, create pictures out of paper, crayons, and glue, and play with the dog.

We are blessed in that we get to do many things as a a family, but some of the things that make us the happiest are ones that we take for granted. We have at-home movie nights as a family which really can be more fun than going to a theater because we can enjoy the movie without worrying about making too much noise. We are happy to just relax in the comfort of our own home and spend time together.

Gardening is another thing that makes my family happy. We enjoy the food it provides, but it is also a hobby that we can all enjoy together. The kids helped my husband plant the starts a few weeks ago and a few days ago they were so excited to report that some had sprouted. When the plants are in the ground outside they are my biggest helpers and love to water the garden, pick the produce, and eat what they pick. It helps save money, but it is also a fun and happy experience for my family.

Reading is another frugal activity that makes my family happy. I love a good book and my kids aren't able to go to bed until they have heard a bedtime story, or 4. We keep this frugal by going to the library often. The library is such a great resource in our area. They have a weekly story time for my son, but also have many reading programs for kids of all ages. We participated in their summer reading program and my kids were so happy to get to read so many books and earn prizes. Each week they would get to learn about something new, I think my son was the happiest when Firemen came to speak and he got to sit in the truck.

How do you make your family happy without breaking the bank? Are the best things in life really free?

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Farm Rich blogging program, for a gift card worth $25. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”


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  2. Hi there. This is Ophelia @ I'm just hopping over here from BlogFrog. Thanks for sharing your blog with me. It's always fun to see what else is out there. I agree that the best things in life are free. I'm an avid reader and take full advantage of the library, too. Have a great day =)


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