Friday, October 9, 2009
In college, I dated a guy whose parents stayed home every weekend night. I thought that was so boring, that there was no way I would ever do that when I was married. But for the most part, that's exactly what we do each weekend. And I love it!
By staying home, I save so much money. A tank of gas lasts me a really long time. If I don't go out, my money stays in our bank account. When I do go shopping, I almost always find something that I just have to have. For example, on a small trip to the thrift store last week, I spent $25. Did I truly need any of what I bought? No. I picked up some fun dress-up clothes for the boys, a few nice outfits for myself, and some glass jars. But if I would have stayed home, I would never have known what I was missing out on.
Lest you think I lead a boring life by staying at home the majority of the time, let me assure you I don't!
There are many fun and free things to do each day. Taking a walk outside is one of the greatest simple pleasures. You get fresh air, sunshine, and exercise, and it's free! We go to the library (it's a short drive from our house). We walk to the park. We make play-dough at home. We bake. I believe it is very important to raise children who are able to be content being at home, who are able to find their own amusements without relying on commercialism and jumping from activity to activity to entertain them.
That's one of the biggest ways I know to help save money. What are some of your favorite tips? I'd love to hear your thoughts! You can also read more ways people saving money here.