Today’s mantra: Fun doesn’t have to be expensive.
Today’s action: Plan a frugal gathering and invite your friends over!
I couldn’t agree more with today’s mantra. I always tell my husband that’s why I married him because I knew he’d make life fun. He sings me silly songs, makes the dog dance to his songs, and sends me funny memes. You know how much that costs? Nothing.
I actually had a girls night last Friday night and I think it was a pretty good frugal gathering. I put a shout out to some friends to see when they were free and then I starting looking in my pantry to see what I could whip up. A potluck would have been the most frugal option, and while I did consider it, I decided I had enough to make a simple meal.
I decided to do a taco bar and make a bean and corn salsa to munch on. I had ground beef in the freezer, along with seasonings in the pantry. I’d actually just made a Taco Bell mild sauce copycat recipe a few days before that was still in the fridge. There were refried beans and black beans in the pantry and local corn in the freezer.
I spent $25 filling in the rest of the ingredients- tortillas (soft and hard), cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, avocados, and 2 bags of tortilla chips. I thought about getting soda, but I didn’t want the leftovers in the house and I figured it wouldn’t be missed.
The food was a hit! I got rave reviews about the salsa and I think everyone liked that they didn’t have to think about or cook dinner for themselves. What about dessert? I asked everyone to bring a treat to share so we had cake, cupcakes and Dove chocolate.
For entertainment, I also asked everyone to bring a game and/or movie they like. We ended up chatting all night, but I had to at least pretend we’d be doing something. None of the girls knew each other before that night, so they just had fun getting to know one another.
The girls night was a total hit and we all agreed that it needed to happen more often. One of my goals this year was to host a girls night regularly. I was thinking quarterly, but it was so easy to host and we had so much fun that I think it might happen more often than that!
I was pretty proud of myself, I frugally and healthily fed 4 people (with plenty leftover for a couple more meals), utilizing what I already had on hand. And I brought new friends together, they all got along and had a great time! What more could you ask for?
No, it wasn’t a glamorous night out on the town, or a meal from a 5 star restaurant, but I think what we’re looking for is a fun time, bonding with friends and a chance to relax after a week of work, and that’s exactly what we had- for a fraction of the price.
Have you hosted a frugal gathering? Board games and movie nights with snacks are always a fun and easy option. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that a lot of people in the financial independence sphere are fond of board games. Do you have a favorite go-to for a frugal night of fun?