I hope you had a great weekend!
We had a good one! On Saturday we took advantage of Free Museum Day and on Sunday we checked out our new HOA’s pool and splash pad! Our old HOA had a pool, but our new HOA has TWO pools plus this totally abandoned Splash Pad we had all to ourselves!
Plus bonus – the HOA cost is included in my rent, so it’s not an extra bill on top of/in addition to rent. Score!
I no longer get to spend every weekend with the girls (they’re with me the majority of the time, but we trade-off so they have one full weekend/month with their Dad and one weekend that’s split: one night with me and one night with him). As a result, I’ve gotta take advantage when we’ve got full weekends together! Tough to do when I’m wanting to jam-pack them full of FUN stuff, but I also don’t want to spend $$$! (insert wide-eyed emoji).
As a side-note, though pretty relevant to this blog: I’ve seen a couple people comment asking to know financial details about the separation, but I’m just not ready to give them yet. I’m still in the process of consulting lawyers (have a couple appointments, but have not retained anyone at this point), and just don’t feel like I’m in a place to be spilling financial details that are still forthcoming/being worked out. I will share when they are concretely available.
But suffice it to say, I’m basically operating our budget like Fort Knox right now. Everything is on lock-down with minimums being paid on all until further notice while I try to save and stockpile for a just-in-case scenario.
But not spending any money doesn’t mean we can’t have fun!
Back to the pool – we have this awesome new neighborhood pool (x2) and splash pad we can use for free! And we still have our annual Desert Museum family passes that were gifted to the girls for their birthday in June (good until next June!) And if we can keep finding these one-off free events like the Free Museum Day, we’ll be able to fill our weekends for FREE just fine. With all the fun Fall things coming up (movies in the park, music in the park, fall festival, etc. etc.), there should be plenty of things in store!
How do you make the most of your weekends with frugal family fun?