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Would you buy a memory? Would you share it with a child?


Don't think of Thrift as some sort of behavior that prevents having fun. Actually, it leads to a more balanced and happy life.  (Lori Blatzheim)


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.


Thrift and Frugality are noble goals.

You have been working very hard to earn money, pay your bills, and save a portion of what is left.

You are trying hard to have a contented and successful life. You look for strategies that will help you save and create an emergency fund.


Should we reward ourselves when we have budgeted, worked, paid off debt and saved?

Recently I have been considering this question.

A lot has been written on the need for Thrift and frugality. Writers have produced thoughts and strategies for improving the bottom line. Readers have been encouraged to live a more balanced life.

It has occurred to me that a balanced life should include occasional rewards.


Raising children

We have two young grandsons living a long distance away.   I think their lives should include some special experiences. In the past, we have contributed to baseball, soccer, and sailing funds.

I do not view this as a mistake.  In my opinion, children need opportunities to learn about a game, how it is played, how children work together for the common goal of winning or sailing a boat.  I also think they need occasional rewards.

During the summer, our grandchildren sometimes visit us. I have been looking for activities they can try while vacationing at our home.


I recently learned about an opportunity for children. It involves  unique entertainment.


The Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

I would like to introduce you to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. This site provides professional theater with a dining experience. It was founded in 1968 and is the nation’s largest professional dinner theatre. The Main Theatre seats 557 people. It happens to be less than one mile from our home.

Recently, collaboration between the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and Thrivent Financial, a faith based company, has resulted in an offer to provide community discounts.

This year, they will offer a “Kids in Free” discount which will provide one free dinner and show ticket to JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. This will benefit any child (ages 5-17) when one dinner and show ticket is purchased at full price. (Offered dates to come will be posted in May in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a major newspaper). 

Two children are chosen from the audience for the show each night.  They sign up in the lobby when they arrive if they are interested, and the names are entered into a lottery for the opportunity of appearing in the show.

An additional activity will include a fundraising event with Minnesota Food Share to benefit a consumer summer food service program for kids. This will help provide thousands of Minnesota students, eighteen years or under, free or reduced cost meals during the summer when their schools are closed.  



Will we take the grandchildren to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat?

Decisions require thinking. We will sit down and discuss the reasons for taking the children to see this presentation.



It will serve as an introduction into live theater and the arts. It will be entertaining and the children should enjoy the music.

In the end, I hope they retain thoughts of a very special visit to a dinner theater; of the food they ate, and what they saw and heard.

Yes, I think they will have a very special memory of the day they spent with Grandpa and Nana, eating together and experiencing theater.

Lori Blatzheim


Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, thrift advocate, and retired nurse. She knows that use of Thrift can help people because she has experienced the benefits.

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Thanks to the Public Relations staff of the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

I learned a great deal about theatres and entertainment. I appreciate the helpfulness and support.


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