It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Chapter 6, Page 18, Book 14

Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. That’s what I have to say. The second is only a part of the first. 

Anna Quindlen

Summertime and the livin’ is easy…
Some New Money Saving tips over the Summer.  Well maybe some new ones but others are tried and true.

When summer hits, most people think of lazy days by the pool, family vacations, and enjoying late summer nights with friends. 

Don’t forget to enjoy some of the free activities that are available.  A fun summer doesn’t require expensive resorts or amusement parks.  Explore nearby nature trails, parks, lakes, beaches and community pools.  As they say, often the best things in life are free.

 If you’re going to be out of the house for a good portion of the day, why run the air conditioning at full-speed?  By turning the power down and the temperature up, you can really save money each month on your electric bill

 We often forgot about the vast array of local events and attractions that we pay for out of our taxes every year. Many towns, whether big or small, host many different summer events for the entire family. Local museums, libraries, and parks all have big things going on during the summer. 

It is almost always more healthy and less expensive to make a meal yourself than to eat out. Instead of going out, bring your lunch if you’re going on a road trip or to an event, pack a cooler to take with you.  If you’re staying at a hotel, make sure to book a room with a microwave and a fridge. That way you can bring your own food and avoid the cost of eating out.

Summer is for fun but one should not try to overdo it by spending on unnecessary items and services.


In even the smallest, most ordinary things there is amazing beauty and immense potential for joy. If you are bored or uninspired, you’re simply not paying attention.

Ralph Marston


linda m said...

Love the beach picture! I always said when I worked that my family came first work came second. Now my life comes first then "work" (which is all volunteer). I like all your summer suggestions. Blessings


Life is indeed the sum of all our choices.

betty said...

Those were all great ideas on how to look for fun entertainment that might be free as well as packing a lunch if you are out exploring something. I saw that the library had a summer reading program for the kids with lots of free activities, including crafts, guest speakers, etc. I know there are lots of other things to do here free too, one just has to start looking around and keeping track of them :)