If It’s FREE …. It’s for ME!

(or almost)! Recently I attended the National TLSM Single Moms Conference at Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. One of the Break Off sessions was “Effective Money Management” with Mr. Steve Repak, author of “Dollars & Uncommon Sense.”  Through his book, Mr. Repak shows you how to develop the same self discipline he used to get himself out of $32,000 of debt. He teaches you how to start thinking differently about money management- simply put to start using common sense.

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I took with me lots of useful “textbook” information, but one idea stuck with me— If It’s FREE-It’s For Me! Yep, that’s my new life motto! It’s It’s Free… I’m all over it! The concept is a simple way of saying that you can manage to get out of debt and still enjoy life. Who wants to spend the next 7 years (or longer) tracking every cent spent with no vacations or fun times? Definitely not I !

You may be wondering how is this possible? Sparing the details, you must become creative! Yep! That’s the secret! Creativity by necessity!

For example, attend a “pee wee” game instead of  Major League game with your little- he/she will never know the difference and all it will cost you is a bottle of water and a nacho! Check out DVDs from the local library. Not only is it a free service but it also introduces your child to the old-school tangible book! Go on a hike at a local park. This is a great way to be active yet not spend any moolah (money)!

So, I’ve come up with a list of free (or close to) activities to do with your littles:

1.) Build COOL forts using pillows, blankets, chairs, entertainment centers-whatever!

2) Scavenger Hunt:

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3)Make Paper Airplanes and have a race- of course, your PPL gal had to include paper planes somewhere in this blog! Here’s one I made for my son to fly around the house to distract him while getting work done 🙂

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4) Water fight—with water bottles!

5)Outdoor obstacle course

6) Fly kites

7) Attend Farmer’s Market

8) Movies in the Park

9)  Make pizza from scratch-dough and all

10) Daycation-drive to a near lake, pond, water area and enjoy!

11) Pick blackberries!

12) Local festivals- such as Street Games at Thomas Jefferson Park , the OutLoud Kid’s Carnival at Tompskin Square Park both in NYC or Wicker Park Fest in Chicago, or FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LOUISIANE in downtown Lafayette, LA !

13) Build and Grow Clinic hosted by Lowes!

14) Put together a puzzle-over 100 pieces

15) Make roads from tape and race Hot Wheels with each other!

16) Balloon ping pong-balloon, paperplate and popcicle stick— that’s all you need!

17) Board games

18) Play dates with other families

The possibilities are endless! Just use your imagination. You would be surprised what you can come up with when it’s not an option to be frugal, but a necessity.

I hope some of these ideas entertains your littles even if for a short while! And don’t forget… If It’s Free… it’s for ME! (and you TOO!)

Frugally yours,

Brandi

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