Happy 4th of July to our US readers! What do frugal people do to celebrate independence day? Why, they run through the streets waving the flag of the frugal weirdo of course. Although, come to think of it, that would be no flag at all since we’re all too frugal to buy an actual frugal weirdo flag…
But I digress, frugal weirdos just do free stuff like fear for their lives while watching their neighbors and friends set off ill-advised (not to mention expensive) home firecrackers. Frugal weirdos might also enjoy their town’s gratis fireworks display, getting smoking deals on post-4th hot dogs and watermelons, hosting cook-outs, and covering their dog’s ears whilst the world ends (from a dog’s perspective).
Or they might bake a carrot cake–not because carrot cake is particularly patriotic or has anything to do with the holiday whatsoever, but because they’re pregnant and have a wicked craving for carrot cake. I’m just saying–these are all mere hypotheticals.
And if you’re a crafty breed of frugal weirdo, you could perform magic with some twigs and glitter glue and create a smashing July 4th all-in-one hand basket/hat/serving platter combo. Being an un-crafty person, my crafts are too horrendous to even make it to the “Pinterest fails” list. More like the “how could you have possibly followed these directions for something so cute and ended up with something so hideous?” list. I wisely leave the crafting to others.
But on a more uplifting note, Mr. Frugalwoods and I are headed out this morning to hike Mt. Eisenhower and Mt. Pierce in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Hey! Hiking! Another perfect frugal way to spend the eve of July 4th! These two 4,000-footers in the Presidential Range are just a ridge walk away from each other, so we can easily peak bag (aka summit aka climb aka hike up) both. I’ll report back next week with photos.
Frugal Hound, for her part, is happy to not join us on this epic trek. Not much of a hiker, that one. More of a snoozer. She’ll pass the day in blissful slumber, interrupted only by our very sweet neighbors who are kindly taking her out for a walk. She did request to wear her flag visor in observation of the day and we agreed, since, you know, it’s a special occasion and all. We really are softies when it comes to that dog.
I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing weekend and that you take a moment to reflect on the blessings in your life and the immense freedoms we enjoy in this country. And since this is Frugalwoods after all–remember, you don’t have to spend in order to celebrate! Despite what the consumer marketing machine would have you believe, holidays are not a requirement or an excuse to drop money. Keep the explosions in the sky, not in your wallet!