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Was so proud of my cheap date day with my son... and then...

July 23rd, 2014 at 01:56 am

So my have my 7 year old out of summer camp this week to spend some time with him on his birthday week (he'll be 7 Thursday). One of the things he wanted to do was go to work with me, so that was great - took him with my yesterday and saved a vacation day! Today we went to our city's botanical gardens, bowling, and for ice cream.

I was really proud of how frugally I planned this day. We did buy the season pass for the botanical gardens - $60 using my husband's old military ID, and the place is awesome! Great place for my husband to bring the kids on the weekends I work as well. Otherwise he would easily spend $60 in one single day taking them out.

We packed lunch from home and ate it on the way to the bowling alley. I signed him up for a kids bowl free program on weekdays all summer long. So it only cost us $11 for shoes and for me to bowl. Then we went to get ice cream, had a buy one get one free coupon and used a gift card for the balance.

So I got home and checked my credit card statement. $60 for the garden membership, a $55 EZ Pass charge hit today, and then we also went back to school shopping which cost $100 at Target (that's just school supplies, no clothes). So much for a cheap day...

That said, all of those things were going to happen anyway, so I guess my date day with my son still only cost $11. But I was still disappointed to see all that on my credit card. I'm so close to paying it off, this will just be more motivation!




4 Responses to “Was so proud of my cheap date day with my son... and then...”

  1. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    Time with your 7 year old? Priceless.

  2. frugalredhead Says:

    Very true Smile He and his little brother are the best things in my life! (Yeah, i guess the hubby too, haha.)

  3. Maranatha Says:

    The years just zip by...treasure every second with your precious boys!

  4. Kiki Says:

    My birthday is Thursday, too! Sounds like a great birthday week.

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