Sunday, October 27, 2013

How much does it cost to entertain (and be entertained)?

When you are revising your entertainment budget in pursuit of a simpler, more frugal lifestyle, it always seems you have an endless list of "don'ts": don't eat out; don't go to the movies; quit shopping for fun; and on and on. Instead, let us look at the "dos":

- Do have friends over to visit. Everybody appreciates a platter of home-baked cake and cookies, and some freshly brewed lemongrass tea from the garden.

- Do cook something interesting you have always wanted to try.

- Do curl up on the couch together and watch some great movie, alone or with your friends. The bonus is that at home, versus the movie theatre, you can take off your shoes.

- Do visit interesting thrift shops (but don't buy what you don't need - remember, stuff needn't clog up your home, even if you get it for free!).

- Do take hikes in your surroundings; it can be in the mountains or fields, if you live in a rural area, the seaside if you are fortunate enough to live by the sea, or up some interesting street you have never explored before, if you live in a city. You don't always have to travel far to see something new and fascinating.

- Do take the time to appreciate beauty in your surroundings; observe migrating birds, a glorious sunset, some chickens dust-bathing, the shape-shifting clouds in the sky. Take out your camera and make beautiful memories last by snapping some pictures.

- Do reap the benefits of simple lifestyle. Children who are content with a ride to the grocery store in Dad's car, are far easier to manage than those who will only be pacified with a trip to Disneyland.

Illustration photo: two children on a hike.


living from glory to glory said...

Hello Anna, We just love to stay home! We do have guest over every few weeks or so for dinner.
Loved your fancy chickens:)
I also have come up with many new dishes as I like to experiment!
Blessings, Roxy
I was wondering if you had stopped in to visit me? Or you just may not ever leave comments?
Anyways just wondering how you were doing!

Mrs. Anna T said...

Dear Roxy, I do so wish I had more time to visit blogs; nowadays, my computer time is really very very strictly measured. I appreciate your visits and comments so very much. I do visit your lovely blog from time to time but, as you rightly guessed, so far I have been silent.