Frugal Festive Family Fun
Keeping Outings Affordable At Christmas
We all spend without thinking. My aim on Tartan Thrifty is to save money without thinking – to make thrifty living second nature
It’s time to Try Something New. Do you feel like the run up to Christmas is just one big spendathon? This is the perfect time to embrace free family outings – there are loads of free activities laid on in December! Google your local council to find out which activities they have laid on free of charge, or just key in your local area to see which businesses are also offering free events.
Don’t forget the kind of free activities that don’t need anyone else to organise them – take a walk in the countryside or a park and gather twigs, cones – anything you like the look of – to take home and turn into decorations. Or walk round town after sunset to enjoy the lights.
And don’t forget the Free Fun Golden Rule – never leave the house without drinks and snacks or you can guarantee you will be pestered into spending money on these. We are planning a trip to a Christmas Market this weekend, and will be taking a flask of warm milk, plastic mugs and a packet of chocolate buttons to stir into them and make ‘luxury’ hot chocolate outside. If I am really organised we might even have a can of whipped cream to top it with. Cold air, hot drinks, twinkly lights and rosy cheeks – better than a pricey cafe trip! Combined with the bits of Snowy Road that don’t make the cut for the school fayre, I reckon this will stop any pleading for gluhwein (Tartan Dad) or gingerbread (the Mini Tartans).