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Throwing Money at a Problem is a Bad Habit You can Break

Jun
22

So many people have fallen into ruts in their lives.  They come home from work.  Order in food or go out to a restaurant.  Flop in front of the tv or go to the shopping mall.  Drive around aimlessly burning gas, going nowhere.  Or haul a gas guzzling toy like a snow mobile or a high speed boat or an ATV somewhere then drive that around aimlessly burning gas, going nowhere.  Destroying the environment they are supposedly there to enjoy.

Meanwhile debt is piling on and piling on.  They just ignore it but when the collection agencies won’t stop calling it gets harder and harder to ignore.

And it would be one thing if all this consumption was making people happy.  But it isn’t even doing that.  People are swimming in debt in order to “have a good life” and they aren’t even happy!

That is messed up!

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun.

People get into the bad habit of throwing money at a problem and think it will make life better.

For example: the kids are bored so you drive them to the movies which after tickets and popcorn and soda adds up to be a very expensive evening (and it isn’t even a whole evening, it’s a couple hours or so).  Instead, you can read them a book from the library and it will cost you nothing.  Or you can throw a frisbee around in the park.  Lots more fun.  Costs a couple bucks for a frisbee.  And everyone gets some exercise.

There are many solutions to most every problem.  People just fall into the bad habit of trying to solve every problem with money.  Break those habits today.

(Soon I’m coming out with a book that will help you have fun without spending money – look for it soon and watch for future posts here on Frugally Food where I’ll share some of the ideas from the book.)

 

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How to Save Money While Having Fun

Jun
20

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Coming soon to Frugally Food and to an ebook store near you, a new book entitled “How to Save Money While Having Fun” by Pamela Kenney.

A book like this is definitely needed in today’s day and age what with a huge percentage of the population struggling with debt.

I see so many people spending a TON of money on things and experiences that are supposed to be fun.  Exotic trips overseas, high end motorized vehicles like ATVs and muscle cars, hockey…even the costs for having kids in baseball are through the roof!

Speaking for myself, there is no way I could relax and enjoy my life if I knew I was going into debt to have fun or would end up paying double the price just in interest charges.

Especially when there are countless low cost and no cost ways to have fun.

This book will bring a lot of them together in one place.  Before you know it, you’ll be having a much more relaxing and enjoyable social life and it won’t be costing you a dime!

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Summer Fun

Jun
16

beautyIf you live in any size city these days you will be able to find lots of creative people doing amazing things that will means tons of entertainment opportunities for you.

For example many cities have outdoor Shakespeare performances in the summer.  Bring your picnic blanket, some sunscreen and watch the Bard out in the elements.  The best version of Othello I ever saw was when the wind was starting to howl and shriek just as the play was building up to the pivotal scene, it really stirred the blood I’ll tell  you.  Often the play is free if it is a performance by university acting students.  I have also seen them as “pay what you can” as a way to encourage attendance (although if this is the case then definitely put in a decent amount if the performance has been good to encourage future shows).

Remember drive-in movies and how much fun they were?  People have started projecting movies onto the walls of large buildings to recreate the drive-in experience.  Watching a great movie under the stars is quite a magical experience and many cities sponsor events such as these so the cost to you is free.  I have also seen these combined with sing-along events to classic movies like “Grease” which is a LOT of fun for the whole family.

Festivals explode in the summer.  I have seen folk festivals (for music), fringe festivals (for theatre), funny festivals (for stand up comedy), corn and apple and rhubarb festivals (for food) and busker festivals (you guessed it).  Lots of fun can be had at these events and it doesn’t cost anything to wander around and check it out.

So be on the lookout for all the summer fun available in your neck of the woods.

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