This is update #6 of my No Spend Challenge we’re doing this summer.
Hubby cleaned out his work shop and found a ton of tools he didn’t need, so we hosted a Manly Man yard sale. I consider it a success since we got rid of most of the stuff and pocketed a couple hundred bucks in a few hours for our house down payment savings.
File it under frugal summer fun: I bought bowling passes for four of the kids for $5 each. They can bowl up to 3 games a day for free, including free shoe rental. The A/C is cranked to stun in those places, so as long as I can keep the kids from answering the siren call of overpriced nachos, we’re golden.
I bought another two passes ($15 each) for hubby and the oldest so they could all bowl Saturday afternoon. It was 98F here and too miserable to do anything outside, so I figured this was a good investment they can take advantage of all summer long.
Bought a milkshake (with a $1 off coupon) for the 3-year-old as consolation prize for not getting to go bowling. I kept her and the baby home because he is a pain in the patootie at events such as these right now. He does not want to be prevented from practicing his newfound ambulatory skills. I would have spent the entire time doing the toddler shuffle: running around the bowling alley preventing him from running down the lanes. Plus, every time he laid eyes on a bowling ball he started screaming at me to let him pick one up.
One of the kids needed new undies (a necessity, for sure), but I didn’t have any coupons nor were there any sales. So I worked a Target scenario, perfect since I also needed mascara (needed, people!).
I spent $17 out of pocket, but I ended up with a 12-pack of undies ($8), 3 bottles of shampoo, 1 bottle of scrunching gel for my daughter, 1 mascara AND $10 in Target gift cards (that will be worked into another useful scenario down the road, not blown willy-nilly).
We went out to eat yesterday at a pizza joint (where my son happens to work – he got his meal for 50% off). I had a coupon for a free entree. Still, it was a splurge. Back to free fun next weekend.
Any frugal wins or misses to celebrate?