Week 2 – June 11th, 2018
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy free food from your garden because nature seems determined to grow it for you. If you want to find out how to fill any gaps in your garden with plants that will provide you with free food AND reduce the amount of weeding you have to do, read the final instalment of my journey from concrete jungle to tiny forest garden.
Summer is also the perfect time for free fun because if (?) the rain stays off, you can go outside. Somewhere – anywhere – you don’t often go, with a picnic, is a fun family outing. Which is why I am loving this post from Cass at Diary Of A Frugal Family. Cass explains how she keeps a bag in her car all summer filled with the kit she needs to turn any spontaneous detour into a fun outing for the family. I love the idea that a tiny amount of planning at the start of the summer means you are ready for fun whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Five Must-Haves For Thrifty Summer Outings
I am going to do the same – and to keep it thrifty I am going to add the following items to our bag.
- A newspaper, a lighter and a bag of marshmallows so we can gather wood, light a fire and toast marshmallows whenever we find ourselves in the woods or on a beach.
- A penknife so the kids can learn how to sharpen a stick for their marshmallows and so I can rediscover the pleasure of whittling while I watch the fire die down.
- Packaged snacks, because multipack crisps, are much cheaper than trips to a cafe when little tummies start rumbling. Yes, homemade is cheaper still, but it doesn’t sit happily in the boot of the car waiting till you need it.
- Cans and cartons of juice – again, less cheap than taking water but much cheaper than a cafe and always fresh.
- Baby wipes and a kitchen roll, because wipes are endlessly useful and kitchen roll can mop up more serious spills, wipe runny noses and double up as an emergency plate.
Those are my five must-haves for thrifty summer outings – what are yours?
I will be back next week with a fresh Thrifty Habits Planner and two easy and essential summer preserves.
Free, Downloadable Thrifty Habits Planner To Keep You On Track
So, you want to get into the habit of spending less without putting in more effort? You need something to remind you what to do and when, so you don’t have to keep thinking about it. The Thrifty Habits Planner is a simple tool to help you do just that. Use it to pencil in which thrifty things you plan to do this week and to pin yourself down to when you plan to do them. If you take control this way at the start of the week, you are far more likely to have stuck to your plan by the end of the week. Sticking your plan up somewhere you will see it every day helps you to stay on track too.
Take time at the end of the week to give yourself a little treat as a reward for your thrifty efforts. Little splurges will actually help you to stay thrifty – read this to find out how.