There are other ways to socialize on a budget besides doing things together which cost money.
The Lord has blessed me with some wonderful friends. In the past few weeks I've been able to spend time with each of them in budget-friendly ways. Here's what we did:
Playing board games or cards with friends.
My sweet grandmother says I'm frugal because I am part Scottish and part Bohemian. There is a very small percentage of those ethnicities in me - I'm primarily Irish, Danish and English, but I sure do love a bargain. My grandma and I like to play a game of scrabble or Rummy 500 in cards. It is fun and it's free. We get a chance to talk to each other about what's going on in our lives while we play.
|My grandmother and me|
|My lovely, dear friend Rachel and her husband, Brian (he makes great blue cheese burgers!)|
Enjoying low-cost hobbies with friends. My budget-friendly friend Valerie and I often get together to make cards. We pool together our card making supplies and make some lovely cards together. Yes, making cards does cost money up front with buying supplies and stamping equipment and materials, but in the long run, card for card it is less expensive than store bought cards. Plus, I often use the cards as gifts in packets of 8 or 10. I can make something I'll use, enjoy a hobby and at the same time enjoy the company of a good friend and it doesn't cost any money (although I must confess, we did spend money on a pizza!).
Walking with friends. My budget-friendly friend Tiffani and I enjoy walking several miles and getting some exercise. Walking together burns calories, allows us to enjoy the beauty of nature and provides time for good conversation. Also, it's free! We did work up an appetite but we chose an inexpensive place for lunch - $7.49 for the salad bar at Jason's Deli.
Ministering to others with friends. My budget-friendly friend Laura and I like to shop at Goodwill together, but we also love to sing duets together. Together we've ministered to the elderly at nursing homes or at our church. Here we are after a church concert where we sang a duet together called Laudamus Te from Vivaldi's Gloria. She's the glamorous gal on the left.
|My friend Laura and I after singing at a Christmas Concert|