Cooking at home is a great way to save money even if does mean that your kitchen looks a little like this.
Baking treats for friends and family over the holidays is a frugal, albeit time consuming, way to show that you are thinking of them.
The best part of helping dad with this endeavor is that there are usually nummies available to gobble up.
It gets dark by 4:30pm nowadays, so we have to find ways to kill the time inside with the kids. I’ve been teaching Frugal Boy how to play chess. So far we are just going over the basics such as the names of pieces, how they move, how they attack, and when the game ends. Also, grit. Chess takes a lot of grit because you lose a lot. Next year he can participate in the school chess program if he desires.
The game can be made more interesting for the instructor by handicapping your own starting pieces. Try playing without a queen or any rooks or just king and pawns for a real head scratcher.
We have been trying to cram in a few more summer trips before school starts. This past weekend I took the kids and Shae to Indiana Beach. Indiana Beach is a small amusement park just north of Monticello, IN on the shoreline of Lake Shafer.
Frugal Boy was VERY excited. We had measured him while planning the trip to see what rides he could go on. He was just at 44″ tall, which let him go on all of the kiddie rides + all of the intermediate sized rides. 48″ is required for most of the big rollercoasters and some are even taller than that.
Farther down the boardwalk are the bumper cars.
Not to be confused with the bumper boats, which always seem to have a long line.
Frugal Boy asked me to stop holding onto him, but I was more than a little concerned about him smashing his mouth against the carriage.
The viking ship can be a mild ride if you sit near the center mast or it can be a real thrill seeker if you sit near the end. Shae and I both took turns taking Frugal Boy on this ride.
The trick is to sit in the front if you don’t want to get soaking wet.
Of course, if you really wanted to get wet, there is a whole waterpark section. I remember Lake Shafer being pretty sketchy water quality wise, so we opted to stay on terra firma.
Then there are a bunch of kiddie rides. They were great because they had virtually no lines!
Most of the rides are some iteration of going in a circle.
The carousel was a frequent request by Frugal Girl.
We had a fun day and got all tuckered out.
Pack a lunch if you are planning on visiting. Food in the park is pricey.
I got a nice little surprise today when I saw that my credit score had broken into the 800s for the first time. It is mostly meaningless, as anything over 720 or 740 will qualify you for the best lending rates.
Pay your bills on time, don’t use 100% of your available credit, and go enjoy life!