Life doesn't have to be expensive to have a good time.

@oldchem1 (8144)
May 17, 2010 3:03am CST
I have just returned from a weekend visiting my family. I stayed with one daughter and we had a good evening with her and her husband, she cooked us a lovely meal and we spent the evening watching TV, talking and laughing a lot. The next day we all visited another daughter where my son enjoyed playing with four of his neighbours(one of which is only 2 weeks younger than him!!,we visited the park, fished for tadpoles and we ended up staying for a barbecue and my son spent the night. We returned the next day and everyone enjoyed a game of badminton in the garden. We had a really lovely weekend and yet it cost us nothing except for the petrol to get there. I think that sometimes we take the simple things in life for granted, what do you think?
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@ronnyb (6120)
• Jamaica
17 May 10
True but not many people know this ,they think the more expensive the better .It has often been said that the best things in life are for free and I tend to agree with this .Recently I took a young lady on a dat to a very rustic park which also had a river and I tell you that I had a blast and it wasnt very expensive .The date was good we laughed we cuddled even kissed and we even had some serious discussiosn as well.
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@oldchem1 (8144)
17 May 10
Without having to spend a fortune too
@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
17 May 10
I agree with you Oldchem. Life does not have to be luxurious to have a good time. partner and i are simple type of persons. to make partner happy and satisfied, i cook delicious meals for her, i give her massages, i always kiss and hug her, etc... then we do movie marathons every weekend then laugh a lot about random things, etc.. we don't need expensive things to have a great time together.. spending time with each other is enough...
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@karen1969 (1788)
17 May 10
I completely agree. We have had many wonderful days out at a local park, eating ice creams, playing with the dog, walking, taking photos, the kids doing gymnastics or playing football. I think kids are under too much pressure to go on foreign holidays or expensive theme parks and sometimes forget the simple pleasures like watching a squirrel run up a tree or resting in the shade on a hot day.
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@geniustiger (1699)
• Philippines
17 May 10
Yes really true that we can make our life happy in simple things as long as goes with what you like to do. Sometimes having good time cannot measure only in expensive restaurants, hotels or beaches but the most important thing how did you spend it with the whole family round. Are all happy? No one is murmuring and sad so that is the best thing to consider. All must agree in the area where you are going to have leisure time. Happiness cannot be paid by money instead the real happening and everyone is comfortable to enjoy the picnic, eating, swimming or anything else.
@chiyosan (30204)
• Philippines
17 May 10
it is true that we do not need a lot of money to enjoy - what people say about the free stuffs are the best things in the world! that is of course, so true... but in the philippines where every land is sold and is privatized... i think that is when the problems arise. haha beaches should be free!!! but here most are privates and most have already owners and you are bound to pay entrance fees, or even pay for the room for the night and so on... of course there are still free stuffs but that i guess would be a rare find - and is quite reserved, perhaps for those who are more adventurous to camp up in the mountains, etc...
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• Indonesia
17 May 10
That sounds pretty fun! I like the idea of having fun without wasting too much money. when you are among your loved ones, sometimes it's just what you need. Too many kids are left by their parents with expensive toys when their parents are busy with work, but as a matter of fact, all they need is their parents to be on their side.
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@med889 (5958)
17 May 10
That's truely said oldchem1, when one does not have big bank accounts they do enjoy a very good life though. What is essential for me in life is that the love ones are near you, they are understanding and never judge you but encourage you through life and they are always present no matter what. This is good life for me, to earn hoenstly, and to live decently.
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@alexies29 (124)
• Philippines
17 May 10
It's absolutely correct. Fun and enjoyment does not to be expensive. As long as you're with your family and friends and your having a good time, everything will be okay. We have a beautiful nature and it's free for us to enjoy. This is one of the reasons why we should take care of our environment. Simple things are sometimes the most valuable and memorable. That means that you're happy not because of how much you spent but with the quality of time you had with your family and friends.
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@rhodalyn (251)
• Philippines
17 May 10
your absolutely right..you dont need money..there are many simple things that can give us good time with our love ones..-watching tv together,joking,playing cards..
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• United States
17 May 10
This hits very close to home for me. I recently drove my friend's Jeep across the country from Michigan to California. She went there in January and has since decided to stay and needed her car. I happened to be available and offered to drive it for her. Since I was going through places I had never been before, I took some extra time and stopped a lot along the way. One of the days I went to Zion National Park in southwestern Utah. It was one of the best experiences I have ever had! It has some of the most amazing scenery and is just absolutely beautiful. The only thing I paid was the $25 entrance fee into the park. The next day I stopped in Las Vegas. I have to tell you, I was completely turned off by all of the extravagance and indulgence that I saw there. After spending the day before in this amazing natural landscape, the garish, man-made, concrete world of Vegas was a real let down. Not to mention everything is so expensive. The great contrast between the two days really showed me that you don't have to spend lots of money in order to enjoy yourself. I think that people fill their lives with expensive things in order to fill voids within themselves. Oldchem, I think your weekend sounds great, it's the *people* in our lives that are important, not the *things*.
@oldchem1 (8144)
17 May 10
This is so true and I think it's something that we should try and get across to kids who seem to think you have to be spending loads of money to have a good time!!
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
18 May 10
In this age of consumerism it is believed that the more one spends the more one enjoys.So splurge to your utmost, buy expensive branded clothes. party to your hearts content and so on and you are said to be living it up and are 'cool'.If you are living a simple life you are 'not cool and a bore'.But people don`t understand that the simple tings in life give the maximum joy and make life worth living.Yes, your experience shows how much you enjoyed by just being with your family and had a memorable weekend.One should try to abide by the rule of 'simple living and high thinking' and then the real joys of life can be experienced to the hilt.
• Philippines
18 May 10
your right, you dont need money to be happy. simple things are enough, sometimes you just have to make use of it, i mean, be creative enough to make things more lively. happiness is not defined by money.
• India
18 May 10
The hustle n bustle of life s de cause for makin us take simple things for granted Good that u r a different person
• United States
18 May 10
Yes we do take simple things for granted. We took a day trip the other month and spent time checking out a small town and ate lunch at a park the kids had a blast at the park and it was nice to get out. Sadly even the gas for a day trip gets expensive that I don't know when we will do it again. Paying for the gas to get to work and run errands in our own area is enough now days.
@mssnow (9493)
• United States
17 May 10
Simple pleasure can sometimes be more enjoyable than the ones that cost alot. Not to say i wouldn't love to go to a ballet or movie,. But to just go out on a picnic is fun also. Or to be with family and friends and have a barbecue The memories you share are there forever.
@cream97 (29166)
• United States
17 May 10
Hi, oldchem1. I agree. It does not take a lot of money to have fun. In fact sometimes, it takes little or no money to have a good time. Many people miss out on so much of great fun because they think about the cost. But with me, I believe that I can find many things to do that is not so expensive. I am very glad that you had a wonderful time with your family!
@DummyBlog (379)
• Pakistan
17 May 10
Joy and happiness is something abstract. $$$ is not necessary for it. Its a feeling. People may be tense and sad, sitting on a mountain of gold and some may be happy without anything. Its all internal and we should all search for small opportunities to cheer up and have fun in a positive way. This is life and this is what its all about. Simple things are most common and can change our lives for good! Have fun! ;)
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
17 May 10
Life is what you put your heart and soul into. Money doesn't have to be an issue to have a good time. Most things worth their wait come from inside. The heart does not expense.
@poohgal (6848)
• Singapore
17 May 10
Good to hear that you had a good time. I also believe that Life doesn't have to be expensive to have a good time. It's the company you are with that is more important. If I were made to eat a high class dinner with someone I hate, I won't be happy at all. I rather have an outdoor picnic with my loved ones.
• Philippines
17 May 10
there are other ways to enjoy but will not spend a lot of money. You can actually just stayed at home have something to eat and drink and then watch a very god movie. Or you can go to a place where you and your friends will enjoy.