|The slack pack|
When you are on a tight budget socializing with your friends can be a problem....if you let it. I've been up front with my friends about wanting to pay off our mortgage early and they respect that. But still you don't want to suddenly be the "cheapskate" or "scrooge" when it comes to having fun. I've figured out a few ways to have fun and still stay on budget.
First I have to say that I have a few very close friends and getting together with them is very important to me. I love my friends so much and they mean the world to me. So dropping out of my social circle is just out of the question. I've found that catching up over a cup of coffee or tea is an excellent way to stay in touch and not break anyone's budget. Inviting my friends over for lunch or even afternoon tea and long walks are super budget friendly too. But I gotta get out and let my hair down every now and again! Here are some of my not so secret ways I've been able to swing it. We usually pick a restaurant that we all like and one that has some sort of happy hour. Drinks and food are reduced in price during these hours and the atmosphere is usually quite lively, which is fun.
I spent this past weekend at Melinda's condo in Palm Springs. It was an all girls weekend that included dining out, long walks, tours through gorgeous neighborhoods, window shopping and late night gossip in our pj's. It was totally relaxing and rejuvenating at the same time and cost next to nothing. Melinda knows the best places to eat here (Cheekys) and for margarita's and dancing (Las Casuelas) We had fun on the cheap and it was a blast. Here's a little of what went on...
Dream relocating. As much as I love my little home I dream of living on this cul de sac. The neighborhood is a small cluster of mid century modern homes built in 1962. Each one is white but every one has a different brightly colored painted front door.
I'll take this yellow one.
Or maybe this orange one?
This bougainvillea stopped us all in our tracks.
Window Shopping - I think I'll steal this succulent and sea shell planted fountain idea for my own garden.
Have you ever? Gorgeous pair of antique ginger jars. $450. So a snap will do. :)
Scoping out gorgeous little boutique hotels like this one. Alcazar.
Anyway, I do think it is possible to still have fun while living on a tight budget. I mean it does help if your friend has a home in Palm Springs but really we could have done all this and just not spent the night. Even exploring your own neighborhood with your friends is great fun. The idea is that you are out and enjoying your friendships, not staying locked in feeling sorry for yourself.
So do you have any tricks you'd like to share with us all? Please share - we could all benefit. Thanks!