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Gift Guide for a Frugalista

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Chances are if you are reading this article you are a frugalista yourself. Am I right? Not sure if you classify?

You might be a frugalista if you get giddy about finding an awesome deal, can’t stand the thought of paying full price for something, or just overall want to save some money! If you want to live on a budget but still live a fabulous life with beautiful décor, cute clothes, and eat delicious food, all while paying less, you are a frugalista! Is that you? Maybe someone on your Christmas list this year?

Then this is the perfect gift guide for you! I am definitely a frugalista and this gift guide is exactly what I will be passing out to anyone who is wondering what to give me for Christmas this year. (You are welcome hubby!)

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7 Fun And Free Outdoor Activities For Kids

Have you guys been over to visit my friend Kristen over at Practical Mommy lately? Well let me tell you that Kristen has an endless amount of useful and fun information for any mom! So it is such a treat to get to have her as a guest today to share some of her great ideas with all of us! 

Make sure you go check out all her great advice like How to Help Your Child Wind Down at Bedtime and others at

Thank you so much Kristen for sharing these great outdoor activities!

7 Fun and Free Outdoor Activities for Kids 

Summer activities can get expensive before you know it – summer school, vacation bible school, theme parks, family vacations, you name it. Need some budget friendly alternatives that also get your kids outside and spending some quality family time together? Here are 7 fun and free outdoor activities for kids.

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Meet up with friends at the park

Meeting friends at the park has got to be the #1 best free option for summertime activities. Grab a friend – mom friends with kids, school friends, cousins – and head out to a local park. You can also branch out a little and try a park that is outside your home territory. Try visiting a park you’ve been to before or in a neighboring town.

Slip n slide in your front yard

So, get out your slip n slide (you have one right?) and start playing in your own yard.

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Or if you’re feeling adventurous, this video shows you how to make your own homemade slip n slide with lots of extras.

Hike a National Park

This is the real outdoors, not a kid’s park. This would be a great learning experience for kids of all ages to see the majesty of Nature in a National Park. Be sure to check for any alerts and notices before heading out and be aware that there are wild animals there.

Here is a resource to help you find a nearby National Park

Rollerskating, scooters or biking

Get out your summer gear and get moving. My daughter has a bike and she hasn’t ridden it much. If you don’t have a bike or scooter, check Craigslist or local yard sales to get one on the cheap.

Going on a bear hunt

This idea is based on a great book for kids. If you have the book already, you know that it’s about a family going on an adventure to try to find a bear. (If you don’t have the book check your local library or get it here – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt).They journey through tall grass, mud and water and more before finally finding the bear. Then they run all the way home. Journey through your neighbood and go on your own bear hunt with your kids. Then go home and read the book again together with some great memories attached.

Nature exploration

Get a nature book at the library and then head outdoors. Have the kids try to identify different plants and birds. Another idea is to visit a local farm or community garden and identify fruits and vegetables (and maybe try a few).

Here is a resource to help you find local gardens.

Make a mud pie

What kid doesn’t like to make a big mess? Give them free reign with some dirt and water. Let them make mud pies and then hose them down before they come back inside.

Go fly a kite

Last but not least, take your kids outside to fly a kite. If you don’t have one on hand, you can find them easily at Target, the Dollar Store or here on Amazon. There aren’t as many people flying kites as there used to be, but it is still a fun pastime for kids. It could even be a learning experience about wind patterns, clouds or airplanes.

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Thanks again to Kristen from Practical Mommy for all of these super fun ideas! I personally am excited to get our bear hunt started! 

Which activity do you think you will start with? Let me know in the comments below! Lets chat!

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Welcome, come on in!

Welcome to Pennies into Pearls! Take a look around and remember we are just getting started around here. I am beyond excited to share with you what I know about living cheap and chic but also learning all of your tips. What you need to know is that this entire blog is dedicated to saving you money but with nothing lacking when it comes to flair. Always staying pretty but only spending pennies. I like to say that I live “frugal chic”. In pretty much everything I do, everyday, I try to figure out how I can do it cheaper. Pennies into Pearls is a place where we can inspire each other to keep living frugal without letting our individual style suffer. My house is not super fancy, I have a lot of projects in my future and I am really eager to share the journey.

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Things to look for on Pennies into Pearls:

  • All things DIY – Furniture, crafts, gifts and more. A lot of the time making something yourself or refinishing something old into new not only gives you a one of a kind piece, but most of the time it will save you a lot of money
  • Free pintables- there isn’t many easier and affordable ways to spruce up and inspire your home than adding a fresh new framed printable
  • Delicious recipes- making food yourself will save you money and these recipes will not only be frugal but also fabulous to taste
  • Money saving tips – Sale sightings, coupon advice, budgeting tips. Lets save lots of money and learn to live within our means.

My favorite quote about living frugal is “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” Click here to download this free 8”x10” printable to be inspired to live frugal chic. You can also simply right click the image below, save, then upload into an editing program, you can now resize the image to what you need.

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