Sniffles and colds are common for me; I work with the public and am raising two young children. Illnesses that knock me off my feet, causing me to sleep a day away (literally) are not common for me. But the recent illness helped me reboot our hectic little life, and re-appreciate some of the little things in life that are frugal.
- soup and crackers can constitute a meal;
- board games on the living room rug with young children make a wonderful, and low cost way to spend an afternoon;
- washing, sorting, and folding laundry can be great entertainment for small children -- especially when they are compensated for their efforts;
- raincoats, boots, an umbrella and a walk around the block is an easy way to reconnect with nature even though the weather is not picture perfect; and
- one tea bag can be used for several cups of soothing drink over the course of an afternoon.
Finally I am back into the flow of my normal life, and will have a little more time to share my thoughts and strategies on being frugal. To close this post I am sharing a photo from a friend on Facebook....it is from Nellies' Barn Sale. Little bits of inspiration here and there help me stay on the frugal course. That board game I referenced was Chutes and Ladders, which I bought for $1.99 at Savers. I predict years of family fun for the cost of a few hundred pennies.