Family Fun

I do not know about you, but when My kids were growing up we were always looking for things to do cheap and still be fun.  At that time camping was fairly cheap so in the summer we would wander off with our tent when we could. Believe it or not it was not that many years ago that a tent site was $10 or less at state parks and some private ones as well.  Hmm my kids are getting old, maybe it was longer than I think…

Today I am still looking for frugal things to do with my husband and a granddaughter. While camping is still cheaper than motels etc and way more fun, it is not something we can do as much with our schedule. Gas prices as they are the drives to look at scenery and wild flowers are usually on the way to do something we have to do.

I have found some sites that have ideas for families with kids and would like to recommend one of them to you. I is called Family Fun. They have a magazine that is reasonable and many ideas.  There is everything from Arts and Crafts, printables, party ideas and all kinds of things as you dig through the pages. I would check it out for some frugal ideas for your family.

I have other sites I go to as well for kids things, or ideas for making things, but finding cheap ideas for a couple are a bit harder. My husband is not one to take a walk, he reads a lot, computers much and finds stuff on TV.  We often will spend time on the computer, but there is not much to do otherwise with out driving for 25 – 70 miles.

I was wondering if any of you have ideas that couples can do for fun and frugality? Gas prices being what they are, we are not able to do what we are used to and need to come up with other ideas.

Can anyone tell me what they do?  For other frugal family ideas check out Frugal Friday.

Husband Appreciation

Today is Frugal Friday at Biblical Womanhood.  I was going to do this post as my post today and then realized it would fit in to the frugal idea as what I am going to say costs nothing but some of our time.

Does your husband know he is appreciated? How often do you let him know? Do you find little ways to tell him?

Some husbands have a hard time learning to show love and do things that really make their wife happy. If we are honest, we do too at times. Women are naturally, usually, able and think to show love but when we do not get what we want in return (love reciprocated, or him respond to our hinting) we can get pretty rotten!

Men need encouragement and they need to know that their efforts are noticed. If we can encourage them, then they will respond by realizing what, how and when to do more for us as well.

Think of things your husband does and find things to thank him for. It may be something as simple as he puts his clothes in the hamper (do you know how many men do not!). My husband thanks me for every meal and tells me it is good.  Do we find things to thank them for daily?

Tomorrow is Husband Appreciation Day according to 123 Greetings.  They have ecards for the occasion, why not send one to your husband? They are free.

Another place that I would recommend for helping us get into the habit of praising and encouraging our husbands is a site called The Generous Wife.  You can sign up for a daily tip for being a generous wife.

This is a frugal (downright cheap) way to better your marriage, make it more exciting and in the end better your husband and your relationship.

For more frugal ideas check out Biblical Womanhood!

Frugal Living Search

Frugal living is getting more and more popular these days. I belong to several yahoo groups that give ideas for living more frugally. Frankly I find some of it rather interesting. Frugal Friday ideas that have come across from Biblical Womanhood are put on there like they are new ideas, but then again, maybe to some they are; like making your own laundry soap. (Believe it or not, I actually had my mom… 81 years old… call and ask for my recipe for fabric softener!)

One of the ways for being frugal on the group was dumpster diving. Now, I have grabbed usable things from a dumpster or others trash. I have no problem with doing that when something good is out, but food? I mean they were talking about grabbing food from the trash and eating it. I almost puked reading about it and thought they were nuts.

As I was looking for more ways to be frugal I decided to do a google search on “frugal living”. I was amazed at what I found. Yes, some were ideas we have talked about on Frugal Friday, but others were new. Guess what? Dumpster Diving was in the google search. I still say yuck, but I was really shocked at the people that find food this way.

In doing the search, I also came across a CNN report that said frugal living was more about priorities than sacrifice. This is where I am.

I feel it is wise to live frugally. My husband makes fun of me at times, yet brags to others about my frugality. I would rather do without until I find it for free, cheaper or no longer need it then to go and just buy it now. Waiting is hard sometimes and sometimes I have had to end up paying the price, but I never jump at something. I think about it, see if I really need it and then decide.

My husband is different, but learning. He has seen me operate and have it work out and is pretty good about doing the same. It was not always that way with him. This has taken prayer and time. If you and your husband are not on the same wave length here it may take some time, but when you can let him see how well it works to be frugal.

Now, go to Google or Mahalo and type in “frugal living”. Check out all the pages and find some new ways to be frugal. More ways will also be found at Biblical Womanhood’s Frugal Friday!

Frugal Book Finds

I have talked about reading to your baby in a previous post, but today I would like to share a cheap place to get those books. I use paperbackswap for my books as well as kids books.

You sign up by clicking on the logo and then add any unwanted books you have (kids or adults) and when someone asks for them you get points. You get points for putting up your first books as well as points when people ask for your books. I love it, I get rid of unwanted books and get all kinds of books that I do want!

Another place I find cheap books is Salvation Army stores, other thrift stores and yard sales.

One caution, when getting books a little one might chew on either wash it if washable or use a disinfecting spray made for kids toys etc.

For more frugal ideas go to Biblical Womanhood and follow the links. I would recommend looking over her site as you do, she has good ideas!

Showing love 20 frugal ways

How often do you show your husband you love him and are glad he is there? How about your kids?

I used to think I did not have the money to really show them, or him. I would see things I knew that he would like but did not have resources. Sometimes it would be a way to decorate, or a special gift etc. However, it does not take money, or very little, to show your love and give reminders everyday of your love. We need it and so do they!

I would like to list special ways you can show your man you are there for him and you are still in love with him.

  • leave little notes, in the shower, his lunch (kids lunch) under his pillow. You can make cards on the computer or by hand or just a quick “I love you” on a scrap of paper shoved in by his book mark in the book he is reading, at his computer etc.
  • On the same note, (hehe, not literally, pun there) you can leave something you like about him, appreciate or thank him for. ( I appreciate how much you tell me you like my cooking, or how hard your work for us, etc)
  • If he usually comes home from work and wants something to drink, have it ready for him.
  • Have his socks, underwear etc dug out of the laundry basket so he does not have to dig when he is getting dressed. ( my kids are grown now, but I remember how it was getting all that done with 5 kids around, but pulling them out for him to dress in the morning makes a big difference.)
  • Ask him if there is anything special he would like for dinner. Let him choose from what is in the house.
  • hug him often
  • kiss him often
  • be playful… you know what I mean!
  • give him peace when he wants to read the paper for a few minutes. He needs his unwind and switch gears time, then let him know about your day.
  • Don’t be a big spender so he has to worry about paying the bills!
  • Be frugal
  • Men do not talk like we do, they give a brief version and that is it. Show him you are interested in what he says, ask questions, but do not “nag” at him.
  • Thank him for all he does, not a “thanks for everything honey” but a “thank you for changing the light bulb for me, I could not reach it. You are my hero”.
  • Make him your hero and tell him. Men need to know that.
  • Have a honey do list, but do not nag, and when he does it praise him and let him know you appreciate him.
  • Let him know you appreciate him (even if he did not do it) if he feels appreciated and loved he will do more for you and the family.
  • Save your loose change and take him out for a meal or a dessert or something special.
  • Tell him you love him again, and again and again!
  • Tell him you would marry him again
  • get the cat out of his favorite chair before he walks in the door.

These are just some ideas that do not cost money. You probably have more and I would love for you to tell me in the comments!

What? You do not “feel” this way about your husband? Start finding small things to thank him, etc. Do it just because he is your husband. Eventually you will feel it and he will change as you change. It is cheap, frugal and very mighty!

For more frugal ideas go on over to Biblical Womanhood!