You don’t have to spend money to have fun, you know.

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Being back in my tiny, rural home-town with no memberships to bail me out of a long day with bored kids, I’ve been reminded that you don’t have to spend money to have fun! (And the fun you have that is FREE is probably more meaningful, anyway.)

As I mentioned yesterday, there were two things that came to mind as I’ve been on on my spontaneous trip to Oregon. The first is that NOW is the time to use as much of your weekly budget as you can spare to start buying ahead for Christmas, back-to-school for next year, and even next Summer if you can.
Since being back in my teeny tiny hometown in Oregon for the last week, I’m reminded that…

You don’t HAVE to spend money to have fun.

No brainer, right? I’ve always known this, preached it, and even lived by it…or so I thought. But since being here and not even having a swimming pool in this town, let alone my aquarium membership, gym membership, children’s museum membership, pool pass, fun centers, play groups, bouncy houses, trampoline gyms, zoo, summer camps, amusement parks, and discounted movie theaters to take the kids to, I found myself getting worried. I have actually thought to myself, “What am I going to do with the kids in this town of nothing to do?”

Shame on you, Jordan! This is exactly the kind of mentality that got us into our rough financial situation in the first place;

the false notion that MONEY is what allows you to have FUN.

Now, don’t get me wrong…we’ve learned how to work these memberships and activities into our budget, and I always try to find a deal (of course). BUT…

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