By Julie Norman
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
If money is tight for you but you still want to help out your favorite non-profit groups, why not donate your time? I can guarantee you that way more people donate money than time, and that all of those non-profit groups desperately need people to help pick up trash, serve meals, and build trails. Volunteering is a great way to teach kids about giving back as well. If you're looking for a way to donate some time to a group in your community consider one of the following:
Help build or maintain bike trails with COPMOBA.
Volunteer with Catholic Outreach for everything from story readers to dishwashers.
Roice Hurst Humane Society currently needs dog walkers and other volunteers.
Here's a photo from last year when I volunteered with COPMOBA to work on the Three Sisters trails. Everytime I ride this trail I feel a sense of pride knowing I helped. And hey, sometimes they even give you beer after you volunteer!
By Brittany Dale
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Looks like Julie and I were on the same wave length this week. I had planned to talk about our free hiking adventure as well!
We are lucky to live right down the street from a great little trail and now that the weather is nicer, evening hikes are finally possible. We really enjoy letting our dogs have a little more freedom and we get to experience more visual stimulation than can be afforded with a walk through our neighborhood.
Please Note: Always always always make sure you are planning ahead. There have been many lost hikers in the past two weeks so make sure you know where you are going, you have enough daylight and you are prepared with food if the hike has even the slightest potential to be long. Don't be silly!
By Julie Norman
Monday, March 31, 2014
Hiking is a free and fun activity for the whole family. Really, throw on some clothes and sunscreen, fill up some plastic bottles with water and head out for a day of adventure! There are tons of great trails around Grand Junction and some that are within 10 minutes of town. If you head down Monument Road to the Lunch Loop trails you'll find lots of fun places to explore. From easy, almost flat trails to very steep ones, you can either get in a great workout or a leisurely stroll. Here's a photo from my bike ride (if you have a bike already then biking there is also free ;) on Saturday.
For more information on the trails at Lunch Loop and access to maps, visit bikegjco.com!
By Julie Norman
Friday, March 28, 2014
The Frugal Traveler at the NY Times is always finding ways to do things for less when it comes to traveling. Recently he attened the EyeforTravel's Social Media and Mobile Strategies for Travel conference and picked up some good tech tips for budget travelers. Find out what he had to say by clicking here.
Brittany's got a great link for Spring maintenance problems that will save you money. Click here to find out more!
By Brittany Dale
Thursday, March 27, 2014
You know what isn't cheap? Driving to the front range and back. Even less affordable are the trips to eat or shop with family and friends. But it's absolutely worth it.
My boyfriend and I packed our furry children into the car with a suitcase and headed to Broomfield for a wedding this past weekend. We took two extra days off of work. Let me rephrase. I took two days off, he, deservingly, has started his spring break and didn't have to request the time off. The wedding was beautiful and we both always love getting extra time with family and friends.
Our puppies just love the car. :)
The trip isn't cheap. We use an entire tank of gas but we both drive cars that get great gas mileage which makes the $50 fill-up easier on the debit card than a $100 truck fill. We always try to bring snacks and sunflower seeds so we don't need to buy food on the way. We fill the iPod with podcasts (free) and good music to get us through the drive.
On a just-for-fun (ha!) trip to the huge Cabela's in Thornton I told myself, and everyone else, we wouldn't be buying anything. I have been looking for a good pair of hiking boots (after my slide down Mt. Garfield in my tennis shoes) for months and of course I found a very nice pair for $50 which I was told is a “great price”. My lesson here is that once I say “I'm not going to spend any money” I always find something I have been eyeing anyway. I unclenched my jaw, walked around in them for a while and gave the nice gentlemen behind the counter our debit card. I'm sure they will last a very long time and I will need them so it was a smart purchase but being overly frugal makes it hard to spend anything at all.
Sometimes the idea of spending extra money is completely outweighed by being able to have time with our family and friends. It was wonderful to see everyone and I'm glad we were able to do so. We are very lucky to both have jobs and make enough money to be able to take trips and afford our bills every month. I'm reminded that I am lucky to even have the option to be frugal at all.