Our Frugal Lifestyle

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Passionate about eco-frugality. I used to party hard, clubbing my way from pay-packet to pay-packet. Never getting ahead, just getting by. Then came our much wanted baby with no savings in the bank - only an old car. Changes were made to our lifestyle and we didn't turn back. In the past 6yrs we purchased a flat, found employment, lived below our means, built an emergency fund, purchased a reliable car and saw the financial benefits of our frugal lifestyle. Our only debt is our mortgage. Our aim is to manage our cash flow wisely, pay off our home quickly and eventually work for pleasure, not necessity. Join us on our journey, share insights, tips and tricks to help us and others to get ahead while having a good time.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fun And Free

We love to go out and do things in a social and fun environment. Before we new what frugality meant we went to the movies, nightclubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, concerts, shows and other fun places A LOT. We had a great time but it cost us our pay-packet week by week leaving us nothing to save.

We still hunger for entertainment but we have changed how we do it, so that we can enjoy fun times without the disappearing pay-packet. There are so many activities available in the community for free that are great fun.

In the past few weeks we have been to:
  • Swimming pool & water slides. (Great relief on these balmy days.)
  • Fathers day breakfast in the park with a jumping castle, balloons & face painting.
  • Different playgrounds in various neighbouring suburbs.
  • Fun Bus, with lots of various kids activities; play-doh, painting, water play & more.
  • Story time at the library.
  • Reading of The Wonky Donkey by the author/songwriter.
  • Fishing & a fishing meet up.
  • Museum.
  • Dance displays and workshops.
  • Face painting and balloons at a hardware store.
  • French movie under the stars.
All of these activities and events were FREE. We usually also attend lots of other more adult themed free events including interesting forums and uni talks, however lately they have been mostly child focused.

Free French Movie Under The Stars.

People often ask me how I know about all these activities and community events. I see them on the internet, public noticeboards, newsletters, newspaper, flyers, banners and from word of mouth. The trick is I don't disregard any of them. Instead I keep my eye and ear open and jot them down in my diary as I learn about them. As the day approaches we decide if it's something any of us would like to attend and plan it in.

We still go out and pay to see the circus, theatre and concerts as we enjoy these activities and believe artists should be paid fairly for their work and skills. However these are now special family events and not regular outings.

What entertainment do you enjoy? Is it costly, inexpensive of e Freebie?

Stephanie @ Frugal Down Under.

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