Leaves are falling….

I’m not sure I have a favorite season. I think I like the  change in seasons best. But if I had one it might just be fall!
This year I have had so much fun finding fun things to get us outside and to do on a budget. I say that “budget” word a lot, but pretty much our sweet little family is living on very little right now. We have some small debts to pay off and want to do so before Christmas. We set a goal and are determined to reach it. We pay the bills and live off a very small amount the rest of the pay period. Part of that goal though is to still make the best of what we have. So you know when I say “on a budget” I really do mean it. 
For instance. I sat down at the beginning of the month and scheduled out family outings we could do for free – or just the cost of gas to get there. Thankfully this has opened up a world of fun opportunities we would not have otherwise had.
A friend suggested a nature walk and then to make a wreath with some fun findings we collected. This was a great way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon and was FREE – plus ended with a trip to the park to jump in the leaves and go on the swing and slides!
Here is our fun wreath from our Nature Walk.
We also got to do several trips to various pumpkin patches that were only the cost of a pumpkin or absolutely free. Including a trip to the local Sunrise Hill Farm where I purchased dahlias that you pick yourself and get to select as many as will fit in a twist tie. I do think it is important to support our local farms when we can.
We hit up the Miracle Ranch Harvest Fest and did that free – except we were treated to an unexpected and delicious lunch by the grandparents. Free hay ride, face painting, petting zoo, hay maze, tour through the horse barn, free cider sample and cider press viewing, and a free hot cocoa when you hit up all 5 locations. Such a special event!
We also are heading out to our neighborhood trick or treat and harvest party at our local Parks and Recreation Center for their Halloween Spooktacular. (Kids under 5 are free) Fall is truly a wonderful time to play, get outside, and do it on a budget. A trip to Scandia Valley Farm was so special as I used to take my first graders there and always dreamed  of taking my children there. We got to go with my mom’s group and their dear children – all wearing our costumes!
Cashel’s wonderful, and warm, monster costume for this year came from my dear Buy Nothing community and I’ve looked for every opportunity I can find for him to wear it. 🙂 I think he will have worn it for a minimum of 5 events! Including a local Pumpkin Walk at a nursery that was also FREE!

One last FREE thing – playing in leaves – and our sweet boy absolutely loves it!
Hope you are inspired to find ways to cut costs and get outside.
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