Join Early Retirement Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
The good life is not all that expensive
Old 06-05-2007, 10:26 AM   #1
Moderator Emeritus
Martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: minnesota
Posts: 13,212
The good life is not all that expensive

Quote:
Originally Posted by lazygood4nothinbum View Post
i pay just under $60 bucks for 30 swims at the hall of fame pool. so in a typical day of waking up late, a protein shake breakfast, biking to the beach and swimming laps i've enjoyed 1/2 a day and spent all of $3. a good life is not all that expensive.
I pulled this from the living on $3000 or less a year thread. Some of the best experiences don't cost much. Our town has many public parks with walking (and in winter, skiing) trails. We have been picking different trails to walk in the morning. Very pleasant and totally free.

Favorite low cost activities?
__________________

__________________
.


No more lawyer stuff, no more political stuff, so no more CYA

Martha is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-05-2007, 10:39 AM   #2
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 42,133
Quote:
Originally Posted by Martha View Post

Favorite low cost activities?
Uh...sex.
__________________

__________________
Numbers is hard

When I hit 70, it hit back

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 10:39 AM   #3
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Houston
Posts: 2,155
Tennis. Twice a week with a large group of friends. We have a set time and date and location. Anyone can choose to come or not. No need to for appointment, notification. Every one pays $5/month to pay for balls.

Billiards. At least 3 times a week. Loser pays for table and drinks (coffee, soft drink, and occasional beer). Really cheap ($0) if you win. Not so cheap (about $25) when you lose.

Vagabonding. Get in your vehicle and wander around, no fixed destination. North america is a very big backyard. Can cost as much or as little as you're willing to pay.
__________________
Sam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 10:54 AM   #4
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
FinanceDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 12,484
Quote:
Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
Uh...sex.
ROTFLMAO..........
__________________
Consult with your own advisor or representative. My thoughts should not be construed as investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results (love that one).......:)


This Thread is USELESS without pics.........:)
FinanceDude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 11:03 AM   #5
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,005
walking/boating at one of the city-owned lakes around town.

Boat rental is $3/hr for a nice sized jon boat, PFD's and paddles. Walking a time or two around the lake (@ 2 miles each lap), plus paddling the boat is great exercise, plus it is very scenic.
__________________
justin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 11:04 AM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
Martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: minnesota
Posts: 13,212
Boys.

I really enjoy shopping. I enjoy shopping just as much or more where other people are buying stuff instead of me. Lately I have gone shopping with a friend and her daughter a few times. The daughter is a shopper extraordinaire. Love going on the hunt with her!
__________________
.


No more lawyer stuff, no more political stuff, so no more CYA

Martha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 11:06 AM   #7
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 62
Billiards - for a night out, DS babysits DD, DH and I go out after eating dinner at home. Have a couple beers and play pool at a bar with free live music. Pool costs a dollar per game, but only when you lose. Total can be as low as $25, not bad for a date night.

Also I love thrift stores. Hunting down the right item, or finding something unexpected, and spending only a few dollars.

Back in DC, take snacks from home and sit at the park next to National airport - the planes go right over your head. So close you want to duck!

Potluck game night with friends.
__________________
PBAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 11:07 AM   #8
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
brewer12345's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 16,391
Hiking in our local state and county parks. The county park system alone has over 100k acres of park land.
__________________
"There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest have to pee on the electric fence for themselves."



- Will Rogers
brewer12345 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 11:10 AM   #9
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 4,898
Happy Hour!
__________________
Zoocat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 11:11 AM   #10
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 260
Quote:
Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
Uh...sex.
Unless it leads to children, which are NOT low cost...

Reading. Taking a walk or going for a bike ride with the hubby. (Though the bikes were expensive to buy, once bought, they're cheap.)
__________________
peggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 11:11 AM   #11
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 42,133
Quote:
Originally Posted by Martha View Post

I really enjoy shopping. I enjoy shopping just as much or more where other people are buying stuff instead of me. Lately I have gone shopping with a friend and her daughter a few times. The daughter is a shopper extraordinaire. Love going on the hunt with her!
Girls.

Shopping? I thought you said "low cost" activities?
__________________
Numbers is hard

When I hit 70, it hit back

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 11:13 AM   #12
Moderator Emeritus
Martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: minnesota
Posts: 13,212
Quote:
Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
Girls.

Shopping? I thought you said "low cost" activities?
I just watch and assist in the hunt.

I am talking about the shopping.
__________________
.


No more lawyer stuff, no more political stuff, so no more CYA

Martha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 11:27 AM   #13
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso) Give me a forum ...
REWahoo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Texas Hill Country
Posts: 42,133
Quote:
Originally Posted by Martha View Post
I just watch and assist in the hunt.

I am talking about the shopping.
__________________
Numbers is hard

When I hit 70, it hit back

Retired in 2005 at age 58, no pension
REWahoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 11:27 AM   #14
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
HFWR's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Lawn chair in Texas
Posts: 12,964
Quote:
Originally Posted by peggy View Post
Unless it leads to children, which are NOT low cost...

Reading. Taking a walk or going for a bike ride with the hubby. (Though the bikes were expensive to buy, once bought, they're cheap.)
I have a garage sale 10spd "racer" and a Craigslist 12spd "mtn bike". Total cost = $60, plus a new seat and two new tires.

Cheap bastardhood: Priceless
__________________
Have Funds, Will Retire

...not doing anything of true substance...
HFWR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 11:28 AM   #15
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
FinanceDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 12,484
Quote:
Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
Girls.

Shopping? I thought you said "low cost" activities?
DW can find three brand name outfits at rummage sales for less than $20, and have money for a sassparilla left over...........
__________________
Consult with your own advisor or representative. My thoughts should not be construed as investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results (love that one).......:)


This Thread is USELESS without pics.........:)
FinanceDude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 12:34 PM   #16
Recycles dryer sheets
pfpelican's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 229
Quote:
Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
Uh...sex.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sam View Post
Twice a week with a large group of friends. We have a set time and date and location. Anyone can choose to come or not. No need to for appointment, notification. Every one pays $5/month to pay for balls.
.
What they said !

__________________
Old Guys Rule
pfpelican is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 01:18 PM   #17
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,619
Quote:
Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
Uh...sex.
And surfing.

In that order.

Not necessarily separately, although I think I'd want a longer... board.
__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 01:50 PM   #18
Recycles dryer sheets
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 62
Taking the kids to the park - watching 2 y.o. accomplish new feats - taller slide, higher climb - and watching 14 y.o. enjoy playing with her.

Sitting on the porch with DH and a crossword.

Potluck game nights with friends.
__________________
PBAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 01:57 PM   #19
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
bright eyed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 1,891
hiking and parks for us

no gym membership, just a hilly neighborhood

and one membership per year to a museum or zoo - rotate each year to keep variety up.
__________________
If i think of something clever to say, i'll put it here...
bright eyed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-05-2007, 02:37 PM   #20
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 4,005
Oh yeah - $50 for a one year membership to the NC Aquarium society for our family of 4. We get in free at the aquarium AND the NC zoo, plus a ton of other zoos if we every get the gumption to go to any of these. Going to the zoo a single time costs $32 for our family. I think the membership we bought gives us access to 180 zoos and acquariums for free (or reduced prices). Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) if anyone is interested.

We live on a little lake, so there's always boating and wildlife watching for free.

We bought a decent inflatable swimming pool for the kids (and me too ) to splash around in. Definitely got our $30 worth out of it.

I'm looking forward to taking the kids to free concerts downtown and free "movies in the park" nights downtown.
__________________

__________________
justin is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Changing the balance of quality of life and financial independence cute fuzzy bunny Life after FIRE 229 06-14-2013 03:17 PM
Polymeal: Increase your life expectancy by 6.5 years wabmester Other topics 22 06-20-2007 12:15 PM
whole life insurance WM FIRE and Money 18 03-19-2007 08:35 PM
how to be good parents to adult kids bright eyed Other topics 22 02-20-2007 12:21 PM
Hi, my wife and I are living the good life. Irwin41 Hi, I am... 26 04-24-2006 10:41 AM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:05 PM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.