Just because were broke all the time doesn’t mean we can’t have any fun right?
Broke for the Weekend?
Do you ever wonder where your spending money💰goes or how you can spend so much on practically nothing in so little time?
In the old days people brought their paychecks to the bank, deposited most of the money and pocketed the rest in cash. The cash was supposed to last until the next check. If it didn’t, it was an obvious cue that too much money was being spent.
Fast-forward to these days when paychecks are deposited electronically and we stuff our pockets with debit and credit cards. Beaten-up dollar bills and heavy coins never dirty our hands. It’s so much nicer than the old days. Unfortunately, it makes it too easy to bust the budget.
We need to SLOW DOWN and smell the roses!
Life is so stressful we need to just take a break from it all together. I’m probably one of the worst people in the world that doesn’t know how to relax. This weekend (actually this whole week) I decided to change that! I ran away to the trailer … was supposed to go home tomorrow but NAAA I’m staying a few more days. I find myself waking up singing, laughing at stupid things, my dogs are happier than ever and even the boyfriend who seldom smiles is laughing and having fun.
Are You Up For The Challenge?
- De-clutter (and sell your stuff – turn it into a money-making weekend!)
- Attend free music/movies in the park
- Have a picnic
- Go to a park
- Bike ride
- Play board/card games
- Host a potluck
- Learn a new skill (change your own oil 🙂 )
- Read a book
- Make a new recipe (try this tasty, frugal recipe for chicken curry)
- Play with your kids
- Create a piece of art for your home
- Sort, print and organize photos on your phone and computer
- Build a fire – in a fireplace or fire pit either at home or at a local park
- DIY something (refinish or paint some furniture)
- Visit a free museum
- Camp in your backyard
- Go fishing
- Go to the beach
- Explore your library (movies/books/passes)
- Take pictures
- Make a budget
- Re-design a room using what you have at home (using Pinterest for inspiration!)
- Make lists (holiday, meal plans, back-to-school)
- Write your goals
- Slow it down (just relax!)
- Host a clothing swap
- Draw or paint
- Play a video game
- Organize your cabinets
- Sit outside and take in your surroundings with a good cup of coffee/tea, or a spiked lemonade 😉
- Create a Blog (It is time consuming, yet fun and addictive)
- Visit a National Park in Canada ( it is free all year long for Canada’s Birthday)
- Cook or Bake something you have always wanted to and never have (as long as you already have the ingredients)
Have any others ways of having fun for free? Leave comments below
So I can try them too! 😊
Now for a Traditional Recipe for Mojitos
Here is all you need for the perfect mojitos: mint-infused simple syrup, white rum, fresh mint, limes and I highly recommend a muddler. Club soda is optional; sometimes I just use water.
Then when you’re ready for a refreshing summer drink, here’s what you do.
- Mix 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a saucepan and heat until boiling.
- Stir until the sugar dissolves (about a minute). Then turn off the heat.
- Toss in a handfull of mint leaves and let it steep (just sit there off the heat) for an hour or so. Strain out the leaves and store in the fridge till you’re ready to use it. (YOU WILL NOT USE THIS ENITRE AMOUNT in the recipe. Save any leftover for future use. Simple syrup stores in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.)
- Pour 1 ounce mint-infused simple syrup into a tall glass.
- Add a handful of mint leaves, and muddle it together. (Use a muddler or a spoon.)
- Add crushed ice. Muddle some more.
- Add to that 1-1/2 to 2 ounces of light rum (depending on the kind of day you had.)
- Squeeze in the juice of half a lime.
- Add a splash of club soda and stir. (If you don’t have club soda on hand, just use water.)
- Garnish with a mint sprig and a slice of lime.
If you want to make a larger batch, it basically boils down to this: Mix thoroughly 2 parts simple syrup to 1 part lime (or more if you like your drinks more tart than sweet) to 3 parts rum. Pour in a tall glass over ice, add a splash of club soda, garnish with mint and lime, and serve!