Are you the type who has to see the latest movies, attend lots of professional or amateur sporting events, or experience cultural offerings? Do you travel for pleasure? In other words, do you spend money on entertainment?
Welcome to Thrifty Living Today. A special way of life for the Twenty-first Century.
My name is Lori Blatzheim and I am your host.
I don't mean to criticize, I just want to wake you up to the fact that recreation and diversion can cost a lot of money, your money.
I have a theory that people, searching for entertainment, spend money for a lot of reasons. They do so to:
- have a family vacation
- keep up with friends
- impress others
- find out what's "out there"
- entertain a client
- say they went somewhere
- escape cold in the winter
- escape heat in the summer
Or, they may be bored out of their minds.
I would like to respectfully suggest that you spend a few minutes thinking before you spend money on entertaining yourself and others.
Are you a single, living alone? Do you have a spouse or partner? How about children?
Spend a few minutes by yourself or with the important people in your life. Talk to each other. Try to find activities that appeal to you. It may surprise you to learn that some of the best times have been simple and low cost.
Take a look at your habits. Do you go out to an expensive restaurant on a routine basis? Do you vacation in a warmer climate in the winter? Do you find it necessary to buy the latest book or watch the newest movie?
What can you do? How about learning to cook? If you have one, you could include the whole family. Let the children participate in selection of food and include them in a trip to the grocery store. Yes, this can be a hassle, but it will turn into a learning experience for all of you, and you might actually have fun.
The trip to a warmer climate sounds fantastic. But, it is not always as wonderful as you expect. For example, you have to travel there. Will you drive, hop a plane, take a train, or ride a bus? (People do all of these.) Will you need to rent a car? Where will you stay? What will you do once you get there? Lots of questions don't you think? With the biggest of all being "is it worth it?"
How current do you really want to be? Is it important that you read (or scan) the latest book? Do you have to buy it new? And, why do you need to catch the latest film? Is this for image, or an aura of being informed?
Instead, take a little trip to the Library, pull some magazines off the rack (the latest ones). Read and learn what's going on in the world around you. Determine how you feel about it and expound to your heart's content to anyone who will listen.
My other suggestion is that you learn about your community.
I don't care where you live. Someone, someplace out there, is as bored as you. People are working to make the rural area, village, town, or city, a better place to live. Open your eyes. What could you do with your time to:
- find a place of worship
- learn about local government
- visit natural areas: bodies of water, mountains, deserts
- meet people
- explore resources such as libraries
- learn about local celebrations or events and attend one
- determine what district schools or colleges are offering in the way of entertainment or classes
Our economy has experienced severe change. Your life may no longer be what it was a year ago.This is not the time to roll over and accept defeat. See what you can do about your own opportunities. You may have to change a bit on your activities and entertainment. But you will never know if you can, unless you try.
Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, nurse, writer, and thrift advocate. She knows that use of Thrift can help people because she has experienced the benefits.