Maybe you would like a cheese press, or a new hoe. Maybe a few goats or maybe you realize that every hour of your life is valuable and perhaps you would like a few of them to not be working a job, but rather enjoying your homestead. In everything, we save money so we can spend on something else, whether it be a new tree or time in a lawn chair with a good book.
For us, our budget buster is entertaining ourselves. In a weekend we can easily blow through a few hundred dollars just by visiting a fun strip of antique shops, a few restaurants- it goes fast! So we try to entertain ourselves with as many free things to do as possible, so we can maybe save for a down payment on a farm in the country or pay the caterer for our child’s wedding!
We had a habit for a long time of meeting our growing family for a meal. The kids live in all directions and it was just easier to find a central spot and enjoy dinner. A few hundred dollars, a loud restaurant, and a bit of chaos later, we knew there had to be a better way. Due to the screwy weather around here, we celebrated Father’s Day yesterday instead of last week. We still donned winter hats and coats but the sky stayed clear and only a few rain drops threatened our merry band.
We all brought something to eat to share. Andy and Bree brought chips and prickly pear soda. Shyanne baked triple berry hand pies and poppy seed muffins. Emily and Reed brought homemade mini quiches. I made a mulberry coffee cake and brought along a few thermoses of coffee. Andy also brought along his ukulele. What a treat!
We met at a glorious hidden park in the middle of Colorado Springs filled with hiking trails and trees, rock formations, and wildlife. Acres and acres of breathtaking beauty, as only Colorado can dole out.
Cost? Free. Priceless time together.
Some other ideas for free entertainment:
We have an antenna on our television set instead of cable. We can see basic channels so we can watch The Voice and most Bronco games. The rest of the time it stays unplugged behind a painting.
We get free movies from the library. If it looks interesting, we grab it. We have seen a lot of wonderful films this way. We jot down movies from the previews of the films we like and the list goes on. We particularly love clever British films, especially with Maggie Smith. New movies are at the library as well.
We utilize the library for our reading. Reading is free and perhaps the most wonderful entertainment of all, as you can travel the world, see sights, eat foods, meet characters, live different lives, laugh, cry, get inspired! I do buy books that are not available at the library, but the vast majority of my reading is from the library shelves. For free.
Museums and zoos all have free days. Museums and zoos in small towns are a lot more affordable and often less crowded and more fun.
We take long, meandering walks. It gives us time to talk without distractions and we get exercise.
Play an instrument. Have fun with the piano, guitar, or ukulele! The chickens love good music.
I wouldn’t venture to say hobbies are free but there are ways to make them affordable and are a wonderful use of time. Crocheting, cooking, sewing, painting, wood working, and so many more activities are actually homesteading activities that sweeten life and lead to a simpler, more peaceful lifestyle,
Pull up a lawn chair and grab a drink and set up in the chicken yard. There’s nothing better on cable television than that!
What activities do you do that are free to entertain yourselves?