Guest Blog by: Midge
My husband and I ripped up our credit cards and have been (gulp) practicing extreme budgeting and a pay cash only system since January. Ever since my little girl was born we have been living on one income. It was my birthday this week and the first ever Happy Frugal Birthday for me!
We decided to make a $20 birthday blog challenge this weekend to find out if we could spend only $20 on family birthday fun. The biggest part of the challenge was that every one of the activities had to be something that I loved to do, not just be inexpensive or free. I mean, sure, I love feeding ducks old bread crumbs at the local duck pond, but I would not love doing it in 110 degree weather. Frugal = good… but having a heat stroke = bad.
First, we choose to start the family fun in the afternoon. We went to the mall and bought a snack at the Chinese food kiosk. We only got one plate to share and brought along our own water bottles as well as my baby’s snack and drink. We did not want to have to splurge for two meals and sodas during the dinner hour so we saved our money for more fun by having a smaller snack. And… I was craving Chinese food.
I have been trying to get some pictures of my little girl, Sarah, with my husband on the horse at the carousel in the mall. We bought one ticket for Sarah and my husband got to ride free. I took lots of pictures but they did not turn out that great! The best part of the carousel ride was Sarah’s big eyes and smiles.
We did a variety of other things close by our home because we tried not to waste our money buying gasoline, as well. We ended up choosing a movie from Redbox, using a local grocery store ad offering free popcorn with your purchase of a pizza, buying a box cake with frosting and with our left over money we acquired some Icee drinks at the local gas station convenience mart. All in all, we spent a little over our $20 limit. But, having fun while saving money was well worth it.
It was a great birthday and we ended up not spending a fortune. When we told my folks about our $20 challenge, they started sharing old memories from they were first married. They lived on a shoestring budget tied together with lots of love and the Lord. And in the end, that is all that really matters.
What is your favorite frugal date or family fun night? What made the event memorable? If you decide to take the $20 challenge, I would love to hear all about it!