PARTY DOWN! Have Fun Beach/Pool Days All Summer Long

Cheap Beach Day Under $100Summer is coming! Here in LA, the beach is a year-round option, but it’s gotten so hot lately that option has become requirement. Here’s a little round-up for a cheap beach day with some cute new things.

How to Have Fun Beach/Pool Days on the Cheap All Summer Long…

Read More »

3 comments

in Just For Fun, Style, Things To Do
Rainbow Scavenger Hunt – Cheap-o Weekend Activity

free weekend activity

This post is by new columnist Sara Schmutz!

If you are like me, at some point you start to dread the weekends a little bit. It’s always the same. You want to get out of the house. You want to go do something fun. I mean, it is your weekend we are talking about. You are always looking for ideas for family activities. The problem with that is that any weekend activity that is enjoyable is also expensive. That is where I come in. Currently my little family is in it’s 7th year of living off of a college student’s income. It has been little money for a long time. We don’t have the money to go out to the movies or dinner every week. So, we get creative. So creative, in fact, that sometimes it is more fun to not spend money than it is to spend.

So, this weekend when you are dragging your feet over how to entertain yourselves, I dare you to go have a free rainbow scavenger hunt for the evening. What is a rainbow scavenger hunt? Well, first – head over to your local paint supply store and pick out as many pretty paint swatches as you want. The more you get, the longer your hunt will be. Next, combine all those lovely little colors together and staple into a book. This completes your scavenger list.

free weekend activity 2

You play the game by heading over to your favorite spot. Such as downtown, the local park, a nice beach, or even your own house. Pull out your freshly minted color swatch book and get to work. Start at the first color and, as quickly as you can, find an item in your surrounding area that matches the color. Once you have found the first color, you can move on to the second. Keep looking until you have matched up every color in your booklet!

This game is incredibly fun as a family activity, but would also double as a great group date night. It is great to see what colors really get you stumped. I swear mint green should be easier to find in this world, hopefully you’ll have more luck. Have fun color hunting!

Do you think you’ll try a Rainbow Scavenger Hunt? Is this an activity your family would enjoy?
Sara Schmutz loves to plan parties, lovely DIYs, and attend tea parties with her two daughters. She adores pretty color palettes and confetti. She blogs at Confetti Sunshine.
11 comments

in Family & Relationships, Kids, Things To Do
56 Things To Do Instead of Spending Money

things to do instead of spending money

Not spending money? No need to worry there’s lots to do!

56 Things To Do Instead of Spending Money… 

Read More »

130 comments

in Clothing Swap, How To, Paying Off Debt, Social, Staying Out of Debt, Take Action, Things To Do
Have You Library-ied Lately?

library heaven

“I’ve always imagined heaven to be a kind of library” - Gabriel García Márquez

The library is an amazing resource. They’ve got DVD’s, CD’s, magazines, books… so much! To get a library card all you have to do (at least here in Denver) is to bring a picture ID, and proof of residence. A current bill with your name and address on it works perfectly. Then, I go online to the libraries website and search for the item I want to check out. If they have it great, and if not, I use either the Request It! feature or search through the InterLibrary Loan system. So, if the library doesn’t have it- they’ll get it for you! Then, they email you or they’ll call you when the item is ready for pickup at the location you specify. I love using the online system because I can get in and out and back to my day without spending to much time searching for items (not like that’s a bad way to spend a day, but you know what I mean).

The whole deal is really amazing, and it’s even more amazing because it’s completly free!

Most recently I checked out: The Art of Racing In The Rain by Garth Stein (haven’t gotten to read it yet), and I’ve got Ellen DeGeneres’s book Seriously, I’m Kidding on hold… can’t wait for that one!

What was the last thing you checked out?

11 comments

in Practical Solutions, Staying Out of Debt, Things To Do
How To Be A Cheap Valentine Without Being A Cheap Valentine

Valentine’s Day is right around the bend and that means that the pressure will be on from loved ones to do something for them. Besides, it’s a good time to show you care and how much you’re in love with your sweetie even if the point of Valentine’s Day gets a bit lost in all that commercialization. No matter… it’s fun to eat sweets and look at hearts and see red and pink and white and doilies and get some extra cuddling in.

Last year, I was tempted to just be a full-blown dead beat Valentine and just OWN it. I ended up bailing on that idea when reality set in and I decided I didn’t want to be a total a-hole. I ended up making my husband a sugar cookie shaped into a heart that I proceed to decorate obnoxiously I mean, awesomely. Here’s the link to that post.

Since I don’t have a kiddo (just nieces and nephews that I am completely smitten with). The below list is focused on ideas for adults. I was thinking about what I liked when I was a kid and what I would have liked to get for V-Day when I was a little youngin. Here’s what I remember liking: doing crafts, eating sweets, being told I’m loved. I guess I haven’t changed too much since all of that still sounds awesome.

Free or nearly free ideas for your love. Mix and match. Do one or a couple or all.

  • Go through your closet/house and find things to sell. Trade in your clothes at Scout: Dry Goods & Trade or a similar store for money or items from their shop. Pawn other items you’re done with at a pawn shop and use your newly acquired money to get your sweet heart something.
  • Cook a romantic dinner using pre-existing ingredients from your cupboards
  • Make your Valentine breakfast- again using ingredients or mainly ingredients you already have
  • Give a full-body massage
  • Straight up tell them why you dig them
  • Make 365 reasons why you love them and give them 1 a day for the whole year
  • Decorate your place with hearts you cut out of computer paper. (Here’s a link for some fancy heart cutouts if you wanna get fancy like that. Here’s a link to another paper decoration idea here.)
  • Swap houses/apartments with your friends for the night. You have a date at their house while they have a date at yours.
  • Have a movie marathon and make ice cream sundaes with all the fixin’s
  • Clean the entire house for them
  • Send steamy texts
  • Make homemade chocolate-covered strawberries: 1) Melt a package of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a double boiler and add a small amount of oil 2) Remove from heat and quickly dip the strawberries into the chocolate 3) Place on wax paper and refrigerate for several hours until chocolate is firm
  • If you’re hitched: read your wedding vows to each other/watch your wedding video/look at your wedding album
  • If you like giving cards there are free versions you can print out online (here’s a link and another one here for some cute ones) and if you want a “real” card check out the dollar store
  • Make them a mix CD of songs you love that you think they too might love
  • Call in sick together, then cuddle and watch movies/trashy day-time TV all day
  • Make them a cake
  • Make them cookies
  • Look through photographs of when you 1st got together. Have 1 printed and put in a frame (perfect re-gift opportunity with the frame).
  • Compliment them when others are around
  • Decide to give them an ongoing Valentine gift. This is where you do a little nice thing for them each day for an extended period of time. For example: listening intently, picking up a piece of candy for them, do something unexpected for them, give them your full attention when they talk, forgive quickly, add something they like to the grocery list and surprise them with it. Tell them what you’re up to or not. They might be shocked by the extreme niceness you’re dishing out. This will make them feel loved and appreciated which is the goal of Valentine’s Day if you ask me.
  • Reminisce about how you met
  • Send them a secret admirer letter. When it arrives – you know nothing about it. They will be both flattered and maybe a little freaked out, but hopefully mainly flattered.
  • Give your Valentine a homemade spa night. Face mask, massage, mani/pedi, scalp massage. Guys love this even if they won’t admit it.
  • Get naked. Proceed. Ewww. TMI.

What do you do for your loved ones that is free or costs very little?

3 comments

in DIY, How To, Practical Solutions, Things To Do
  • Anna

    Hi, I'm Anna! I paid off close to 24k in debt in only 15 months & it completely changed my life! I want you to have a debt-free life too so here you'll be able to read all about: How to do a Spending Fast®, saving & making more money, DIY's, & a lot about living awesomely with less. Let's do this!

    Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket

    Total Savings
  • Sign-up for Free Updates!

  • advertise on and then we saved
  • Sponsors!

  • Featured On/In:

  • Popular Posts

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Search

  • Wanna Know More?

  • And Then We Saved® & Spending Fast ®are registered trademarks.
    All Rights Reserved.