My two sisters in law and their five children are visiting us this week. Today some of us went to a local amusement park, which I much preferred to the big Six Flags style park we went to a few days ago. There were seven of us today, including the baby. This park allowed us to just walk in, and then pay for rides as we did them, which was great for moms pushing newborn babies in strollers – free! (at the big amusement park, my ticket still cost $25, even though I didn’t ride anything and spent the day with my baby).
My sister in law is famous for her frugal ways, and I had to smile when the children started asking for food. Of course there were food vendors all around, but my sister in law reached into her purse and pulled out a loaf of bread and some turkey and cheese that she had just taken out of the cooler in her car. We found a shady spot and she made sandwiches for all of us. Amusement parks usually charge quite a bit more for food than regular restaurants (which are spendy enough as it is), so it probably would have cost $40 or $50 for all of us to eat at one of the food places in the park. But thanks to her frugal ways, we escaped without spending anything. I am used to being the frugal one in any group, and I love having a someone else around who thinks the same way I do!