Frugal Activity: Geocaching

I’m bored!” the lad says
The lad’s loyal confidant squeals “let’s go to the movies!”
“nah, popcorn cost about $20, plus a $8 soda” the lad responds, he also adds “and I’ve already seen the Avengers go to Pluto like 20 times”
The lad loyal confidant sighs in defeat, “fine, let’s play PS4”
The lad says “Sure, but I have no money to pay for my subscription, so I can’t play Call of Duty 12, Wood’s revenge”

I’m sure conversations go like this frequently – or if not, the point being that people are occasionally bored, despite all the potential sources of stimulation.  Additionally, lots of activities have a very crisp sale tag attached.  Fortunately, there is an activity that is free – providing that you have internet access and a GPS device(a smartphone counts as such), that activity is geocaching.

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Canada Day, Independence day: An excuse to buy things

July 1st marks Canada day and July 4th marks Independence Day, two holidays that usually involve drinking, celebrating and fireworks.  But it also serves as an opportunity to buy things, or so that is how the bloated mass of merchants want you to do.  I’m on vacation, watching TV, which I wouldn’t do usually, but every 5 minutes of content there is seemingly an equally as long commercial break (Too bad I didn’t have adblock for TV) and these commercials are pushing ‘sales’ and ‘deals’ because the holiday.  I’m sure that George Washington would absolutely love that new ottoman and celebrating the birth of a country should be done so by financing a new truck.

Throwing your money at a new fridge or some other product just because it is the holidays is most likely a poor purchase.  Do you really need these new things? Probably not, celebrate the holidays, have a drink with friends, go out to some of the local attractions, but if you want to be frugal tune out these ads and enjoy the holiday for what it is – not an excuse to buy things. Go out to the local firework showing, the experience will probably be much more enjoyable than the experience of having to pay out every month because you financed a new dishwasher.

Cellphone camera + fireworks = no good

Fireworks, don’t waste your time trying to take a picture of fireworks with a cell phone camera and with a full moon, otherwise you get this. Just enjoy the experience