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Daddy-Daughter Dance


Hi friends! Hope you’re having a good week! Any fun frugal plans this weekend? Our local children’s museum is doing an Art After Dark event totally FREE on Saturday night that I’m thinking of taking the girls to. I say that….but one of them was sent home from school today sick (she’s got a low-grade fever and is just acting a bit sluggish. We haven’t been hit with the flu or any serious illnesses this season so I’m crossing my fingers this is just a random quickly-passing bug and not something worse)…  So, I guess we’ll see how the weekend goes. 😉

I know it’s a bit delayed, but I also wanted to share something super awesome that we did last weekend! Our kids’ school held a Daddy-Daugther Dance that our kids attended with hubs last Saturday.

It was, I believe, the FIRST time in the 5.5-years since having children, that I have had an entire night HOME ALONE with the whole place to myself! I mean, hubs and I have had date nights out alone together, I’ve had nights home with the kids when hubs’ is out, and I’ve had nights where I’ve traveled for work so I’ve been alone in a hotel. But all that is different than having an entire night to myself in my own home with no kids or anyone around!


I had all these big plans for things I was going to do and, in the end, the 2.5-hours passed faster than I could have even imagined! But the kids came home with huge smiles and dad was proud to get to show them how to be treated on a date (welllllll….except we hope they don’t grow up to go on dates with more than one female-to-male ratio, lol).

Everyone wore clothes they already had (no new purchases), and the ticket purchase went to benefit the PTO ($25 for all 3, event included food and entertainment.) Not a bad way to spend $25.

Anywho, I hope all are well! I have a post in the works to lay out all of our 2018 Financial Goals. But in the meantime, I wanted to pop in and tell you about our weekend!

Do you have any favorite frugal weekend activities? Some of our favorite FREE fun includes: hiking, biking, going to the park, going to the neighborhood pool, just playing outside in the cul-de-sac. 🙂

Black Friday Frugal Fun


Hi all!

Anyone out braving the Black Friday crowds today trying to score great deals?

We haven’t even taken a look at any of the Black Friday specials. We’re kind of “phoning it in” for Christmas this year. We really don’t have any money to be out-and-about shopping. Plus, we already know what our parents are getting for the kiddos and they’re BIG gifts!!! Bikes from my mom and a motorized car from hubs’ mom, so we’re just going to do little necessities (e.g., new socks) and minimal other stuff (e.g., stocking stuffers) and call it a day. The girls are going to be so spoiled from their grandparents that they really don’t need anything extra from us.

So instead of going out shopping, we decided to do something special on this Black Friday. We decided to do an “experience” gift.

Black Friday Frugal Fun Challenge:

  • We decided to each take one kid so they could have special one-on-one time with us. So we had to think of two *separate* experiences.
  • We wanted to do something special we’ve never done before – not just taking them to the park or mall play area/normal stuff.
  • We set a maximum price tag of $25 per pair ($25 for Mom & daughter; $25 for Dad & daughter).

I jumped online to check out pricing for my idea and it totally paid off!!! I wanted to take my kid to Funtasticks. It’s a little local place with putt-putt golf, bumper boats, kids’ carnival-style rides, race cars, etc. After checking out the website, I discovered they were having a 50% off sale for 2-hour wristbands. Instead of $20.99 each, I only spent $20.99 total (+ tax)!!! The trick was that the sale was ONLY advertised online. There was no mention of it anywhere on-site and they were still ringing up wristbands at full price, so you had to ask to get the special rate. Again – it pays to check out sales and coupons online (I just saved a ton on my brakes that way, too!)

We had an absolute blast! It was 2 hours of unlimited outdoor adventures! We used every single second and took advantage of the slow day (almost no lines anywhere! We practically had the park to ourselves!)

Notice the spaghetti straps! It’s still in the upper 80’s here in sunny Tucson! We’re breaking heat-records from the 1890s with our current temps! But on the plus side, it makes outdoor fun all-the-more appealing!

It was so fun!

And don’t feel sorry for sister! She and Dad found a pottery place in the mall and spent their time crafting!

All-in-all, it’s been a great Black Friday! We spent time together as a family in the morning pulling out some Christmas decorations, ate leftover Thanksgiving sandwiches for lunch (one of my favorite parts of turkey day!), and spent the afternoon having some special one-on-one time with our kids.

How have you spent your Friday? Any great Black Friday finds?