Thursday, September 20, 2012

keep Falling In love…on a budget

             It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from. Whether you’re a kid, teenager, or love someone. I don’t care if it’s your mother, brother, best friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, whoever, there is someone out there that you love to have fun with. Now I also don’t care if you’re making six figures or living paycheck to paycheck. I know you’re probably on some type of budget, and that my friends, is why I’m here to help. I promise you can find many ways to have fun during this gorgeous Fall season with the person you love even when your pockets are sort of empty.

            Everyone’s been in this boat at least once or twice, and if you haven’t, well someday all your riches will be gone and you’ll have to figure out how to have fun by going for a walk or jumping in a pile of leaves. Ok, I’m kidding. Your riches probably won’t be gone, but you should still try to enjoy the little things in life.
            Keep reading, not because this is the best blog in the world, but because you want to discover some different fun activities to help keep you falling in love. I’ll help you get started. 

            1.         Go to the grocery store together. Don’t go crazy in the aisles. Have an idea already planned out for a nice warm meal to cook. Buy the ingredients, a small bottle of wine, and stop at Redbox on your way home. A lot of grocery stores have Redbox stations right inside or outside of the store. Who can say no to a movie that costs $1.00? (Actually I think it’s something like $1.28 now because of taxes, but that’s still less expensive than an On Demand movie!)  Making dinner together can be so much fun. You’ll tighten your bond while learning different cooking techniques from each other, and it’ll be exciting to make a dinner from start to finish! (Try to stick to lots of veggies and organic clean foods. You knew I was going to say this. Sometimes it gets expensive to buy and cook organic food, but I’m pretty sure it’s a lot cheaper than going to a restaurant and not knowing exactly what you’re eating!) When you’re done eating dinner, pop in the movie, pour yourself a nice glass of wine, and cuddle up on the couch with your cute little cat on your lap.....If you don’t have a cat that’s fine, it just made the mental image a little more perfect.

            2.         Plan to head to a nearby apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Lots of farms are busy this season with people picking apples and pumpkins to take home. Get dressed in a cute outfit with a stylish little jacket (This applies if you’re a girl. If you’re a guy, just put on a Patriots sweatshirt and some jeans and think about how pretty your girlfriend looks in her cute jacket and tall boots), and head out the door. Fill up a bag of apples, pick out the perfect pumpkin, have lots of laughs, take lots of pictures, and enjoy breathing in the beautiful autumn air. Smile at all the little kids picking out their pumpkins, and think about what type of delicious desserts you can make with your bag of apples! When you get back home, open up a cook book or look online, and start to bake! While your apple creation is baking, go online and print out a jack-o-lantern stencil, and carve something cool into your pumpkin! (try or  This whole day didn’t cost you much, and now you have a tasty treat and an adorable pumpkin for your front steps. Invite friends over that night for dessert, and offer them your freshly baked apple-whatever. Sorry, I’m allergic to apples so I won’t be able to eat it, but I’ll still come to hang out.


            3.         It’s Sunday morning, and all your friends are heading to the Patriots game. Tickets are expensive, you have to pay the rent, and your cell phone bill is already late. I get it. Don’t worry. Don’t let it get you down. Get out of bed, put your sneakers on, grab your favorite person by the hand, and go for a brisk walk. Find different trails, walk through new neighborhoods, and don’t stop holding hands. Work up an appetite. Talk about the scrumptious healthy snacks you are going to eat while you watch the game from the luxury of your own living room where you don’t have to pay $8.00 for one beer that you will probably spill half of by the time you get back to your seat. If you’re a girl and you don’t really care for football, suck it up. Your boyfriend/husband is probably bummed that he can’t get to a game this season, so just pretend you’re thrilled to sit there on the couch with him while he screams at every play. Don’t get annoyed that he’s using your laptop for his fantasy football even though you want to go on Facebook. Make a sacrifice. At the end of the game, he will think he’s so lucky that he has a girl who will sit there and drink beers and watch the game with him. They’re called brownie points, and you just earned them!

            4.         Act like a child and an adult at the same time. Go outside and do some yard work. Stop rolling your eyes at this one. It can be fun, plus it’s good exercise! Rake some leaves, break a sweat, then jump around in the big pile you just made! When the leaves get scattered everywhere, rake them back into a pile, and repeat until you’re tired. Take some good photos of you and your friends, family, girlfriend or dog all buried in the leaves. This is fun and absolutely free. Plus, think of the laughs you’ll have when you push your boyfriend into the pile of leaves he just spent a half hour raking. He might get annoyed, but remind him how lucky he is that he’s healthy enough to keep raking and how fortunate he is to have his own yard to rake.  He will come to his senses and then probably push you into the pile too.


            5.         Go to a corn maze or Halloween attraction. These usually aren’t extremely pricey, but if you really need to save, skip going out to eat first. Eat at home, and then go. Get lost in the corn maze. Get the sh*t scared out of you in a haunted house. Get chased by the creepy guy with the chainsaw and embarrass yourself when you scream at the top of your lungs. Then go home and talk about how much fun you had. It’s all about making memories.
            So, if you find yourself with little in your pockets this weekend, come back to this list, and I guarantee you will be glad you did. Refer back to my older post "Sometimes the simple times are the best times..." for a gentle reminder that sometimes it’s the little things in life that are worth so much.

            Do you have any ideas to add to this list? Please post them for viewers to read! We are still having trouble with the comments section, but keep trying!

Until next time,
 Holly :o)