Here's what prompted this post: #1 Obama's doom and gloom news conference last night about the state of our economy. # 2 And a few hours earlier, a little birdie told me that perhaps this blog has become a little too focused on shopping and material things.
I told that birdie that I never meant to turn it into that, and from here on in I will do my best to remedy that. The ironic thing is that in my own life, I'm a little obsessed with saving money. I've really cut back on shopping for both myself and my 2 year old (no more ridiculously over-priced classes or clothes she'll outgrow in no time). And I'm constantly on the lookout for FREE ways to pass the time with her. So I'm going to share some of my favorite inexpensive/free discoveries in Fairfield County and would love if you could too. Please leave a COMMENT below with your favorite recessionista discovery. I'm sure my readers will thank you. Here are some of mine:
- One a recent cold day, I met 2 friends and their kids at the Stamford Mall's little Warner Brothers play area on the 7th(?) floor. It's relatively new and a very nice spot for kids up to about age 5 or so to blow off some steam. Now before you go saying "eww the mall is gross/sketchy/gloomy" do yourself a favor and check out this spot. Plus, there are a bunch of little inexpensive eateries nearby to grab lunch, as we did.
- While you're at the mall, you might be able to catch a free storytime at Barnes & Noble. Or you can just hang out in the children's area. Lots of books, toys and a Thomas the Tank play table.
- When the timing is right and in nice weather, we head directly to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center because it's free for Stamford residents on Wednesdays. I'm not sure if they're really strict about that resident thing though. Lots of live animals to check out and just a very nice place for kids to run wild.
- The library. Free classes, tons of books, etc. Click here for a guide to all of Fairfield County's children's libraries, searchable by town.
- Consignment stores. Two to look into - The Children's Attic in Darien and Juliet & Chloe (www.julietteandchloe.com) in Stamford. It's a little hit or miss, but last spring I scored several brand new (with tags) Lilly Pulitzer dresses for $9 each at Juliette & Chloe plus it's a great place for inexpensive books, puzzles and other toys. Check them out!
- Plus, check out the FREE STUFF tab for more fun stuff to do on the cheap.
- How about you? How are you saving money these days? Please leave a COMMENT below. Thank$!