Sometimes It’s The Simple Things in Life

Posted February 21st, 2012 in Financial Freedom, Frugal Living by Jeremy Waller

There’s the saying that the best things in life are free.

Recently we’ve cut out budget way back to help meet some of our financial goals this year. That means our fun budget is pretty thin right now. But that didn’t stop us from having a great weekend.

Working in the financial services industry, I get to take all of the Federal holidays. Yesterday, Presidents’ Day, was one of those. I took Friday off as well and enjoyed a nice 4 day weekend.

We didn’t really do anything, but it was a fantastic staycation nonetheless and it cost us next to nothing.

Part of becoming financially free is to escape the materialistic mindset and find joy in the simple things of life.

Things like letting our boys try our their high chairs for the first time:

Or things like last night where my wife and I sat down to watch the new Star Trek movie that we recorded when it came on TV over the weekend. (Free movie!) I memorialized the occasion by building the glorious man-sandwich pictured at the top.

Cost of the evening? About $3.50. But we had a great time! I enjoyed it more than if we were to go out to dinner and a movie and spend $40.

I’ve heard a lot of people say they can’t cut back their spending because it would take all of the fun out of their life. But, I’ve found that giving up some of those things you spend so much money on allows you to really experience some of the most joyful and satisfying moments.

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6 Responses so far.

  1. For my wife and I alot of times the free things we do are the best for our relationship. When the weather is nice we love heading out to the park for a hike with our two dogs, possibly packing a picnic to enjoy as well. This is entertainment at it’s best for us and the price is just right!

  2. Modest Money says:

    I definitely agree that people need to appreciate the free things in life more. Many seem to equate spending with having a good time. I think they just tell themselves that to justify how much they are wasting.

  3. Stanley Collins says:

    Indeed, proper spending and budget allocation is one of the key solution to save money and avoid financial problems.

  4. Sometimes the “cheapest” days are the best days. We definitely don’t need to spend money to have a great time!

  5. There are many days where a trip to the park with my kids and a single coffee beat out a trip to Best Buy and Guitar Center to spend an obscene amount of money. You are definitely right that part of the game of financial mastery is to escape materialistic mindset .

    There was a new Star Trek movie? Which series?

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