That's the new motto in the Schires' household. After last week's freeze on our activitiy spending, Marty and I realized just how much time and money is spent entertaining our kids.
Not only did we spend very little cash, but we used very little gas, the house stayed clean, we cooked dinner at home every night, we got extra projects done but best of all, Marty and I actually had time to do some of what we wanted to do! No, wait, scratch that.....
Best of all the kids stayed busy ALL week. Not once did we hear that they were bored.
And talk about being thrilled and grateful when we ended the week driving to the corner gas station to get 89 cent Icees to drink while we watched the new Fred movie on TV. One child even said, "we don't need to buy Icees, we can just make sno-cones at home instead!" All Marty and I could think of when Addison said that was "they got it." They understood what we were trying to teach them.
Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my kids, and I want them to experience everything life has to offer! I just don't think we need to go for ice cream 4 days a week simply because they don't know what else to do. Nor do we need to go to Target for yet another free cookie and an iTunes gift card three times in a week. Nor do we need to visit a museum, 5 parks, two different libraries, three different beaches, two farmer's markets, a movie and the zoo on top of going for ice cream four times and going to Target three! It's just craziness I tell you! And really, what is that teaching my kids? Heck, what is that teaching me?!
So, after getting a taste of what could be if we didn't always go to Target, or McDonalds or the movies, or 500 other places, we have decided to instill the Freeness Week again this week.
AND we have coined our new life's phrase. Because it's pretty obvious: less doing equates to more saving!
And more saving equates to a happier husband!