It’s been no secret on this blog that this summer funds have been tight at the Henry household.
At the start of June I had big plans for the summer months, but as the story of this summer began to unfold it became clear that all of my plans involved money, money that we didn’t have.
I was a little disappointed, I wanted to have been able to have done so many new things by this point, but we have not been able to, and then yesterday came about!
Justin has begun his student worker schedule which means he only worked from 8-10am yesterday morning and then had the rest of the day free! We really wanted to try to do a last ‘hurrah’ before summer officially ended so, we decided to go to the beach!
I’m not sure what it is about not being able to do the big adventures that makes us forget how many little adventures are still fully available to us!
The real trick to dating on a budget is working with what you already have!
Justin and I already had to eat lunch yesterday, so why not pack it up and eat it at the beach! We already had free time, so why not spend that free time walking around downtown!
We spent a grand total of $20 to make the date happen and it was full of firsts for us without us even realizing!!
Justin and I had never gone to the beach just the two of us before! It was so fun putting a lunch together and then on our way out stopping to grab some snacks ($7 of treats), setting up our little spot on the beach complete with a styrofoam cooler and shade supplied by an available tree ($3 a car to get onto the beach) and then afterwards going downtown for a cool treat from Paradise Ice a new place that makes artisan sorbets and frozen custards ($10 and worth every penny of it!), before getting our frozen treats we walked around the Mast General store downtown as well, for the first time, and I just have to say, that store is full of all kinds of magic!! We found so many things from our childhood and so many random things that were just simply brilliant in and of themselves, the best hats we’ve ever had the pleasure of trying on, the cutest owls and hedgehogs carved out of stone, a bright red bread box that I am SO going back to get when I have the funds, games upon games from our childhood, vintage signs and sodas, barrels of candy brimming with sweet treats, and certain things that inspired us to plan out a possible future in a state far from here!! 😉
We were shocked at the end of the date at how much fun we had even though we had traveled almost no distance and had spent no more than twenty dollars! (Though if we had bought everything we wanted from the Mast General store the title of this post would have been more like ‘$200 date of firsts’ 😉 )
I think we were truly inspired by the simplicity of the adventure and how it was accomplished without breaking the bank, it took a bit of planning, but it was completely worth every minute of it!