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Fit in a Fun Friday – Spontaneous Trips Can Be Frugal Fun!

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Since I still haven’t received any other Reader Profiles, I thought it was about time to get back to a Fit in a Fun Friday post, lol.  I think the last one of these was in 2011…

Anyway, today’s fun suggestion is to be spontaneous!  I blew off my scheduled bowling league last night (despite my head saying not to waste my $20 fee) to jump in the car with a couple of friends and head down to Galveston.  That’s about 3 hours of driving round trip just to hang on a beach for a few hours that butts up against brown, Galveston water.  AND IT WAS A BLAST!

Spontaneity is Needed Sometimes

Deciding to make plans at the last minute seems rebellious…like sneaky fun.  It lets my brain turn off and just pretend it’s on a little vacation.  That usually means that I get back to work refreshed and ready to go for a few more hours.

For example, I hang out with friends nearly every evening now.  Sometimes we just talk or walk.  Sometimes we board game or just work on our own projects in the same room like an at-home Starbucks trip.  Or apparently, we can even decide to take a quick trip to the beach, lol.  It doesn’t matter what the spontaneous idea is – it’s fun because it’s with others and helps break up work monotony.

Watch Yourself Though

The only tricky part of having fun just pop up is that you can sort of forget about your normal responsibilities if you aren’t careful.  My normal week day in the last two weeks has become working from 9:30am to around 4pm, hanging out with hubby and/or friends until 11pm, and then getting back to work from 11:30pm to around 2am.  That sounds like a great schedule, but I sort of forgot I need more than 8-9 hours of work time in a day.

There are options though.  For example, I am writing this post while sitting on the floor of the garage of our rent house while a plumber fixes one of the copper pipes that started leaking in the laundry room.  I’ve actually written two posts in about 70 minutes simple since my brain is firing away.

So from here on out, I’m going to try fitting in another hour or two each week day either earlier or while waiting for stuff to happen.  I’m going to see if having fun, keeping on top of everything else, and sleeping properly is truly possible if you can find the right balance.  I think I pulled it off pretty well in 2011…time to work out the details appropriately again.  🙂

Do you just spontaneously decide to do stuff?  Has it ever gotten out of hand?  Have you found the right balance for you?

FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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9 thoughts on “Fit in a Fun Friday – Spontaneous Trips Can Be Frugal Fun!

  1. I agree that is it needed sometimes but too much can be bad for you. Heck I think people say that about everything these days. I find that I can write when it seems like I have nothing to do and I don’t PLAN it. My brains is on cruise control! Is that the new banner for the site or just for valentines day?

  2. Since we moved out of the city one of the spontaneous things we sometimes (though not often) do is spur of the moment road trips to the city, whether it’s for a museum date, to revist a favourite restaurant, or to stop by a hobby shop with things we can’t otherwise access. It’s not too hard on the budget, usually, but it’s definitely something we have to regulate to an extent otherwise the gas expenses can get out of hand.

  3. @Thomas, yeah, I have to be in a writing mood usually too. The banner is just for Valentine’s…you’ll also see one of for March-April (it’s a Spring/Easter/St Paddys day theme), one for July 4th, one for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. 🙂 I went a little crazy on Fiverr about a month ago…

    @Sheryl, sounds like a lot of fun!

  4. The trip was not spontaneous, but the thought was. My wife and I have not had a weekend away in years. I planned a weekend retreat to a B & B by the beach. It was wonderful and I am planning more or at least 2 a year.

  5. spontaneous and beach just always seem to go together. Despite the Galveston water, we always enjoy heading dowm there and just unwinding. Get grounded, whether in a book, or just toes in the sand and stare at the flora and fauna … the beach never disappoints.

    (BTW – we go to Surfside, make the left and head down towards the San Luis Pass bridge. Very few people, unless that’s what you are looking for, and bring cheetos for the seagulls) 😉

  6. I hate when something interrupts your daily schedule, because it totally throws off your work schedule. I had a school trip this last weekend, and it was great, but I didn’t get to work on my blog. It kinda stinks because I try to use the extra hours I have on the weekend to do my extended work. So I totally agree we need to be responsible and make sure we have a balance of fun and work.

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