Vacations are expensive, and we just got back from a ten day trip (including travel time) to Florida. So, it’s time to balance our vacation spending with tightening the wallet and spending a few weekends laying low at home. That doesn’t mean I’ll be planing myself on the couch though. If I’m sitting idle, my mind would likely start thinking of things to do, many of which would cost money. To NOT spend money is the goal, so I have to find ways to keep myself occupied.
When I’m occupied with tasks around the house, I don’t have time to spend money.
Here’s my plan for the weekend:
My lawn is need of it’s first mowing and trimming of the season. Once that’s complete, I can also put on the spring application of fertilizer (which I’ve already purchased).
Cost: $4 for a couple of gallons of gasoline for the lawn mower (which will last be for awhile)
I’ve got some outlets and switches I need to replace from my todo list. This weekend is a perfect time to get those items checked off the list!
Cost: $20 (or less).
Deep Clean My Bedroom
It’s easy to move furniture and clean under and behind them in our living room areas. But, our bedroom is a different story. The usual cleaning of our bedroom is light dusting and vacuuming the main walkways. To do a real deep clean, we either have to put everything into the hallway, or pile everything up and clean one side of the room at a time. Either way, it’s a huge pain. But, it’s been a very long time since it’s been done, and I’m actually a little scared to see how bad it is.
Clean Out Kitchen Cabinets
Baking supplies, canned foods and cereal just seem to accumulate over time. Every now and then my wife and I go through all the kitchen cabinets looking for expired food to toss, or food we won’t use that we can donate.
Hitting Golf Balls
Since my son joined the high school golf team, he’s been practicing every day. We have a park behind our house where we can hit balls (and pick them back up). It’s good practice for him, and fun for me to spend time with him. If you’re buying golf balls for practice, go used. Used balls sell for about 25 cents each. This is about 1/4 the price of a new ball. Amazon has some pretty good deals.
If I’m busy with activities around the house, I won’t fall into the trap of finding a way to spend money. I can be productive, get some things needed tasks completed, have a little fun and keep my money in my pocket!
How about you, Clever friends? Do you ever preoccupy yourself with tasks around the house to keep from spending money?
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