Thursday, July 16, 2009

Weeknights at the Park

I am thrilled when I visit my local park around sunset in the middle of the week and see dozens of families avoiding the dumb TV and use of AC with me. That was the case last night and many summer nights in southern California!

Free, frugal, cheap fun!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Corn Cross-Pollinated! Yippee!

The 2009 growing season in Southern California has produced a bountiful harvest for us: We've enjoyed several servings of lettuce, spinach, collards, string beans, bell peppers, tomatoes.

I planted some corn a while back and you never know if it will properly pollinate and produce. Much to my surprise this morning, there are currently 4 ears of corn on the stalks! I am so excited.
Rosemary, oregano, and basil are prolific. Mom's blackeyed peas are sprouting and I am hoping the okra will flower. What a year! Freedom!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Enjoying a Fun and Frugal Summer

Please don't let a small budget stop you from enjoying time with your family and friends! Are you kidding me?

What can you do on a small budget?
  • Museums
  • Theme Park specials (with coupons) - and be sure to take your peanut butter and jelly sandwiches without any shame, thank you.
  • Many cities have free concerts
  • City/County parks - peanut butter and jelly picnics are a sure hit
  • City plunge (swimming) - usually very cheap
  • Library
  • Exercise - walking is free
  • Invite friends over for hot dogs and tell them to bring the buns. Laugh and talk for hours without the dumb TV
  • Netflix
  • Matinees at the local movie theater
  • Learn something new either on your own or pick a neighbor's brain.
  • Plant a garden (BTW, it's time to plant pumpkins for fall)

I do all of these things with my godson and he mostly cares about the time I spend with him more than the money I spend.