Who doesn’t live for the weekend? Weekends are times for making memories with the family. Memories don’t have to cost a fortune. This was a really great day. Walker took a walk through the woods with a digital camera and snapped some cool pictures. His friend came over and they worked on paperwork for their Odyssey of the Mind competition coming up in a few weeks. Then they went to the friend’s house and helped split and stack fire wood. Their reward for a hard day’s work? Riding 4-wheelers and golf carts. Then they came back to our house for home-made pizza and a couple of hours of “Auction Hunters” on the SPIKE network.
I should have been writing while the boys were working. However, after a 50 hour week of my real job, I needed a long winter’s nap. A three hour nap to be exact. I felt great after that nap and enjoyed the time in the kitchen making pizza. The boys ate as much as they would have had I ordered Papa John’s so it must of have been good. Or maybe they worked up an appetite with all that hard work earlier in the day. Whatever the case, it cost $3 or $4 and tasted great.
“Auction Hunters” made us all wish we were that lucky. Knowing they go through tons of junk to find those few rare finds they put on the show makes me realize it is hard work. So I ask myself if I’d rather spend 40-50 hours doing what I know from the comfort of a chair (sometimes in the office and sometimes in my living room), collect a check every two weeks and have health insurance with a 401K or take a chance on other folk’s junk? There is a lot to be said for the all mighty paycheck and benefits.
So what does all this have to do with super saving Saturday? I didn’t use the checkbook, credit card, debit card or cash all day. But we ate well, enjoyed the great outdoors, rested and laughed with friends. The house got a decent cleaning, friends are set for the next cold spell and I didn’t dig the debt hole any deeper. Life is good. Plus Walker learned something new – how to use a wood splitter. So he has a life lesson that can save him some money when he gets out on his own – not that I am anywhere near ready for that day to come.
Yes those days when we drop a small fortune on daytrips, bowling, movies and/or eating out are fun. But this day was just as much fun and cost next to nothing. We need more days like this. Tomorrow will be a family day – church then lunch with my parents. I’m very blessed to still have my parents. I’m hoping to make tomorrow a super saving Sunday. The only check I plan to write will go in the offering plate.
How does your family make the most of the weekends on a budget? I’d like to hear your stories. Leave a comment here or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.