This past weekend was exactly what I needed. It was like a spa getaway weekend for my soul. I didn’t realize how badly I needed this weekend until I sat down to write this post. I just feel so good. Inspired, rested and ready to take on December. We didn’t do anything big this weekend and hardly spent any money. Rather, we did a lot of little things. It was all good frugal fun. Here’s a peak into my frugal weekend activities:
This isn’t an activity but time was a wonderful highlight of this weekend. One of the perks of working for an employer is paid holidays. Hubby and I were both off Thursday and Friday. I was grateful for every minute of this long weekend. For the last three weeks or so my husband has been extremely busy at work. He hasn’t been getting home until 8 PM or later and going into the office on Saturdays. It was so nice having him home and around this weekend.
I’m proud to say that we did very little shopping. In fact, we did ZERO shopping on Black Friday. I saw several Facebook posts with people talking (bragging?) about all the stuff they purchased on Black Friday. Recently it seems like many of my friends have loosened up their wallets. I can’t decide if the increased spending is a result of them getting better paying jobs or simply feeling more comfortable spending. I’m slightly afraid that consumers are quickly forgetting all of the painful lessons we learned during the last recession.
I made this table runner. I was feeling the need to get crafty/creative and my mom offered to help me sew something for the holidays. Let me tell you something- making that little table runner was a lot of work! I really enjoyed creating it but wow, there is a lot of skill and time that goes into making these types of things. I should mention that sewing is not typically a ” frugal ” hobby. A quality sewing machine, supplies and fabric is actually rather expensive. Luckily for me, this project was made entirely from fabric my mom already had and I used her sewing machine. She didn’t charge me for the fabric. I love the way the runner turned out. I had fun getting creative and working with my mom to sew it. New skills were learned and many good laughs were had.
Games are one of my favorite frugal things. Hubby and I put together this 1000 piece puzzle. We actually started it two weeks ago but didn’t make a ton of progress. We swore that it would get done this weekend and it did!
We played Settlers of Catan with my family after Thanksgiving lunch. I think many families play games over Thanksgiving. We usually play after lunch and before dessert. Good, competitive fun was had. Do you play games with your family on Thanksgiving? What games do you play?
We made Lefse. Lefse is a Norwegian potato bread. You start out with ten pounds of potatoes and eventually process them into beautiful, delicious crepe-like creations. Each piece is individually rolled out and grilled. I love to eat lefse with butter, sugar and a cinnamon. YUM. Hubby and I love big baking projects like this. We made about 40 pieces of lefse and divided them amoung our family.
We also did a lot of hanging out around the house. It was great. We knew that the stores and restaurants would probably be very busy because of the holiday weekend. So we pretty much avoided society. We love bumming around the house! Felt great. Ruby enjoyed watching the dog show : )