Summer Savings and A Lucky Winner

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! I will admit that when you don’t have a job, it is VERY difficult to remember what day it is haha.

Last night I worked a gig for job # 4 at the fabulous Fenway Park! It was a corporate party and they rented out the whole stadium!

The Sox are on a road trip so the Fenway crew was prepping for the Pink Floyd concert on Sunday.

We got there pretty early for the event so I was able to roam around an empty ball park and do some exploring. I even got a free Fenway Frank and fries.  It was so cool!And I got paid to be there. 🙂


Lately I have been doing some research on how to save money in the summer. It is no secret that I am currently for lack of a better term unemployed. A perk to teaching is having summers off however people forget that this means no weekly pay check.


Although I currently have 5 odd jobs and Nolan to pick up my temporary financial slack, it still doesn’t amount to a hearty income. So far I have done a fair job seeking Free Fun, but I am always looking for new ways to save some $$! This is a list of suggestions I have found that I think I could practically incorporate into my summer.

Summer money saving tips: 

  • If possible, walk to local stores instead of driving. Gas prices can get very high around the summer holiday season and some places start charging for parking
  • Turn off the a.c. at night and anytime you leave the house
  • Let your laundry dry outside Save unnecessary heat and $$ (especially if you have a quarter pig like I do.)
  • Make your own summer beverages such as ice tea and coffee. Freeze old coffee in ice cube trays and blend it for a frozen drink. (Check out my recent recipes for ice tea, coffee frappes, and sangria.
  • Buy fresh produce at a Farmer’s Market instead of a supermarket It’s fresher, and typically cheaper.
  • Pack a picnic instead of eating out Soak up some vitamin D while enjoying cheap food with friends 🙂
  • Take advantage of local free event Many towns offer free or discounted summer concerts, festivals, and activities.
  • Cut down on the cable. Get rid of unnecessary channels. This will get you out of the house and active while saving some $$.
  • Go to a drive-in theater instead of a movie theater- It’s much cheaper and a nice change from the standard theater.
  • Shop at thrift stores for a vintage summer wardrobe! 
  • Instead of hitting up an ice cream shop, freeze yogurt for a guilt free frozen treat! This can help save $$ and calories!
  • Have a yard sale! Get rid of all that unnecessary clutter AND make some $$
  • Plan fun “Stay cations” Do it up right and create the illusion that you are on vacation!
  • Drink water! Summer is an important time to stay hydrated. Water is free-and calorie free. Put the soda away.

As I said there are hundreds of money saving summer tips out there but these are some that I can realistically see myself doing. There are a few things on this list that I already have planned in the near future. 🙂


It’s time to announce the winner of my giveaway! Before I announce the winner, I just want to say thank you to everyone who entered and made my first giveaway on SLF a success.

Drum roll please……………………

Congrats Julie!!!! Please send me your mailing info at and your package of sensible snacks will be on their way. 🙂


How do you plan on saving some $$ this summer?

What is your favorite summer beverage?

There’s A Llama at the Library

I left my phone at home this morning, so I was unable to photograph any of my food today so this week it will be What I Ate Thursday 🙂

I am glad to see everyone is as repulsed and confused about Barbie Girl as I was! So wrong.

I am in the middle of an intense Game 7 right now (GO BRUINS) so I will keep it quick. One of my goals from vacation that I plan to keep in the regular routine is Free Fun. I had so much fun hunting for free events and with my current budget and wedding expenses, I need all the free stuff I can get!

Today I was on my way home and I found Free Fun in the parking lot of my local library.

*I had kids with me so this was totally appropriate btw.*


There was food, a petting zoo, a moon bounce, pony rides, and a camel ride. I had to restrain myself from attacking the fried dough lady. Self control.

We were amazed at some of the animals they had! The kids absolutely loved it and it was a nice change of pace. It was a bit strange seeing moneys, cheetahs and camels hanging out in the middle of a parking lot, but it was enjoyable just the same. And It was free 🙂