Today is a scheduled no spend day at my house but I woke up really wanting an adventure. My husband is working pretty much ALL day, 10am to 7:30pm; all day! It's SO nice outside and this morning I couldn't shake the thought that little Abe and I need to get out go. Maybe a super long walk, a stop at the beach, a stroll down the board walk, and of course ice cream downtown. There's no way I could head down there with him and not spend money. We would for sure get something; a hot dog, a pretzel, a cookie, ice cream, lunch; something.
I decided that an adventure in our own backyard would be better (safer, with the no spend in mind). I dug the water table out from the basement. We sprayed it down and scrubbed it with dish soap. For a two year old that alone was a fun adventure; the hose, hose water, bubbles, a scrub brush. He really enjoyed the activity. Then I set up the clean water table in the backyard with a fun assortment of toys (that really don't go in it but they were fun anyway). I turned the sprinkler on too a little further back in the yard to water the tomatoes. We were out there all morning/ early afternoon. He had such a blast. I enjoyed watching the birds fly through the sprinkler water. There were several that took turns at the game. We really enjoyed the tiniest of activities but it was something new for him. He hasn't played with the water table since last summer. I also put dish soap in it so that there were lots and lots of bubbles. He always wants to "help" me wash dishes. It's one of his favorite activities but just a pain in the neck for me. He occasionally ran through the sprinkler as well giggling away. I drank my coffee outside and he enjoyed his smoothie. By the end of our time out there we were both soaking wet, sun bathed, and genuinely gleeful.
I'm glad we stayed home. I think we had even more fun than we would have spending money on "a day away" treats. I think I can safely call today NO SPEND number 38 for the year. Now I've got to get my tired little buddy down for a nap! I hope you're all enjoying a beautiful Saturday as well.
Average daily spending for June: $16.23
$145.20 left in this month's budget
(in order to meet $17.50 a day goal)