Five Frugal Fall Activities

Needing to save money for the holiday season? Make the most of the rest of your fall bucket list by enjoying these five frugal fall activities! Someone pinch me. Is it really November 2 already?! It still feels like it's early October and autumn was just beginning. But now the days are getting shorter, the air crisper, and I'm getting the urge to bake warm goods because there's a seasonal change up ahead. One where, from November to April, we hibernate in our cozy houses.

But don't let it happen just yet! There's still time to finish that fall bucket list and enjoy the last few warm days of the year. Yesterday, the temperature here got up into the mid-70s, and today's forecast is 81! Granted, that's more like summer weather, but still. Even if you're saving up for all the holiday shopping that'll happen within the next two months, you can still have loads of fun with those you love before winter hits.

To encourage you to get out and make the most of the last few days of autumn, here are my top five favorite frugal fall activities that show that you don't need lots of money to have a good time!

Five Frugal Fall Activities

1. Stroll through a cornfield maze with warm apple cider

While most cornfield mazes will have a cost, usually they are less than $10. That being said, many cornfield mazes are located at local farms or sites that have other frugal fall activities to do as well, making the trip well worth your dollar.

2. Make a twist on the classic caramel apple

Fall food is some of my favorite food. Use the abundance of apples available to experiment and bake some delicious desserts. You can go classic and try a bunch different toppings for your caramel apples or, you can add a twist and make an Apple and Cranberry Crumble. Chef Gordon Ramsay is one of the best, if not greatest, chefs in the world. So obviously this recipe is going to taste great if he's the one who created it, right? :)

3. Picnic and/or hammock in the park (or go camping!)

Although you may think of picnics as more of a spring or summer activity, the milder temperature and climate in fall can make for an enjoyable time outdoors. There's just something about getting out in nature while the leaves are changing. Soak up the beauty. Make some sandwiches and trail mix and head out to relax or have an adventure. Either way, be sure to take some deep breaths of the fall air.

4. Explore a new bike path

Biking is one of the best frugal fall activities because you don't have to worry about baking in the sun and sweating heavily when you're simply trying to get up a hill. If you're short on time, take your bikes out for a spin around the block after dinner. Or make a day out of it! Bring your bikes out to a local bike path that you've never been on and enjoy seeing the fall colors and your new adventure.

5. Attend a local community event

Many communities host fall fairs and festivals for free or a small price. I've found some of my favorite fall festivals just by going through the events that are being hosted on Facebook. You can also check out your newspaper or go online to your city website.

Hopefully this short list of frugal fall activities can inspire you to get out and enjoy the rest of fall without spending much money. I've found that the sweetest moments in life aren't found through material things, but by the people I spend time with and how we choose to spend that time together.

If you're still looking for more ways to save for this upcoming holiday season, using a free financial software to keep track of your finances is a great place to start!

How do you make the most of the fall season? What are some of your favorite frugal fall activities?

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Date Idea: Back-To-School Lovin'

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For the past year I've been compiling an insanely long list of date ideas. Caleb and I finally decided that we need to make weekly date nights (I also call them date days, because we go on some of them on Friday afternoons) a habit. To keep us accountable, and to provide all of you with ideas for your own dates, every Friday on the blog I'll post information on last week's date.

To also make it easier for you to see the date info at a glance, I've included some icons: today's mean that there are free printables included and that it's a day date.

Since it's back-to-school time, we went on an elementary-school themed date! I combined ideas from Love, Actually and the Dating Divas, while also adding in some of my own. The date began when he found this beautiful, handwritten invitation sitting on the table ;)

Back-to-School Lovin' Date Invitation

Then, we compared class schedules. What a coincidence! We had the same classes! ;) I made the schedule in Word using a table, so you can easily make your own if you'd like. Some other ideas for class periods are Math: see who can finish a hard sudoku problem fastest, or Music: Play some musical instruments and do a sing-a-long.

Our first class period was Art, so I found printable Finding Nemo coloring pages online and we colored them using crayons. You could also use a coloring book if you have some available. Can you guess who colored which? ;)

Back-to-School Lovin' Date

For storytime, we took a trip to Barnes and Noble and wandered around the children's section, reminiscing about all of our favorite childhood books. Caleb found one of his favorites and read it outloud in the storytime chair.

Back-to-School Lovin' Date

After that was lunch, where we planned on going to the park for a picnic, but it was way too hot outside, so we stayed at home and ate there. Sometimes you have to improvise! It was still delicious :)

Because it was too hot outside, we had recess indoors, where we played some games. One was a more grown up version of M.A.S.H, and the other was a game called Head of the Class. Then, we finished with our last period, History. I thought that watching a movie during History was such a clever idea because that's always what happened when the teacher was gone when I was younger! We rented Big Hero 6 from Redbox.

Overall, this was such a fun date! It didn't all go according to plan, but hey, spontaneity makes life even more exciting :)

Do you go on dates with your significant other? What's a date idea that you're excited for?

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100 Ways to Love Your Spouse (Part 2: Her Way)

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On Monday I posted about 100 Ways to Love Your Husband his way, and so today I'm sharing the list of 100 Ways to Love Your Wife Her Way! I originally found the list on this website a year ago, and Caleb and I used it to discover what makes the other really, truly feel loved and respected. Even if you're not married, it's important to learn early on that you are both feel loved in different ways. Remember, these are only suggestions – not everything will apply to everyone. Have fun!

SCROLL DOWN TO LEARN HOW TO USE THE LIST + GET A FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEET!! :)

  1. Start and/or end each day by holding hands and praying together with your wife.
  2. Pray for her every day and make it a point to pray with her when she is troubled.
  3. Communicate with her instead of talking AT her or shutting her out emotionally.
  4. Talk to her respectfully without demeaning her or hurting her feelings.
  5. Compliment her for the giftedness you see in her. Be specific.
  6. Show interest in her friends and give her time to be with them.
  7. Do something active together to lift her spirit —even taking a walk hand-in-hand.
  8. Express to her that you need and value her.
  9. Show enthusiasm for the things that she’s excited about—let your actions show it.
  10. Find something that makes you laugh together.
  11. Put your arms around her when she needs comfort, holding her silently.
  12. Surprise her by doing something you think she would want done before she asks.
  13. Try not to make sudden changes without discussing them with her first.
  14. Show interest in that which she values as important in her life.
  15. Allow your wife to teach you things without being defensive.
  16. When you feel you must correct her, be gentle —speak the truth in LOVE.
  17. Let go of the small stuff. We all have annoying habits and preferences that are different from our spouse’s. (Dave Ramsey)
  18. Show her that she matters more to you than any one you could be with, that threatens her security in your marriage.
  19. Be a good listener. Show her you value what she says.
  20. Plan a mini-honeymoon, where the two of you can spend quality time together.
  21. Go shopping with her and don’t sigh or look at what time it is even once.
  22. Take her out to breakfast or make her breakfast (cleaning up afterward).
  23. Make the time to set specific goals with her to achieve together for each year.
  24. Give her grace when she offends you and forgive (even as you want to be forgiven).
  25. Find ways to help her know you are her partner in all areas life.
  26. Be polite, courteous, and mannerly with her—not taking her for granted.
  27. Exhibit humility, admit your mistakes, and ask for forgiveness. She’ll appreciate that!
  28. Defend her to others—especially to your family.
  29. Don’t belittle her intelligence.
  30. Scratch her back, rub her feet, or her rub her neck—whatever she’d prefer.
  31. Get up in the middle of the night (let her stay in bed) to take care of your upset child.
  32. Be especially helpful when she is not feeling well.
  33. When she asks how your day went, don’t just say “fine” —actually give her details.
  34. Thank God for her by name when the two of you are praying together.
  35. Try not to argue over money. Peacefully discuss future expenditures instead.
  36. Don’t embarrass her by arguing with her in front of others.
  37. Lead your family in their spiritual relationship with God. This is important to her.
  38. Make eye contact when she is talking to you and when you are talking with her.
  39. Show her that you prefer her to others—give her your attention whenever possible.
  40. Relate what happened at work or whatever you did apart from her.
  41. Keep away from anything that gives you sexual gratification, other than your wife.
  42. Be helpful, both before and during the time you have visitors in your home. (If you’re not sure of what to do, ask your wife “What can I do that would help the most?”)
  43. Brag about her to others, both in front of her and when she is not with you.
  44. Surprise her from time-to-time with a card and flowers or a little gift.
  45. Remember to tell her or call her as soon as you know you are going to be late.
  46. Give her your undivided attention when she wants to talk.
  47. Guard your tongue from saying “unwholesome words” or down-grading her.
  48. Refuse to compare her unfavorably with others.
  49. Encourage her to relax in some way while you clean up after dinner.
  50. Be an involved partner in helping with the children and spending time together.
  51. Maintain good grooming habits so you look and smell good. It shows you care.
  52. Be supportive. Help her to finish her education and goals that are important to her.
  53. View and treat her as if God put a sign over her that said, “Make me feel special.”
  54. Run errands without complaining.
  55. Give her the love gift of being thoughtful and considerate to her relatives.
  56. Don’t negatively compare her relatives with yours.
  57. Sit close to her —even when you are just watching television.
  58. Be verbally supportive and honor her in front of the children.
  59. Do not making plans without her agreeing with them (unless it’s a surprise).
  60. Pro-actively do things that makes her feel cherished as a woman and as a wife.
  61. Keep her trust at all costs. Leave no gray area when it comes to other female relationships, money and your word. (Dave Ramsey)
  62. Ask for a list of 3 things she’d like done in the home. Prioritize to do them ASAP.
  63. Ask her and then listen to what makes her fearful and insecure (without judging).
  64. Pray about and act upon what you can do to alleviate those fears.
  65. Find out what her sexual needs are (and then try to fulfill them).
  66. Surprise her with a 15 second kiss (with no expectations to go any further).
  67. Put effort in to keep yourself in good shape so she’s especially proud to be with you.
  68. Make it a point to write a mission statement together for your marriage and family.
  69. Take the time to touch every day—even if it’s only for a minute or two.
  70. Be polite and kind. (Often we’re kinder to strangers than we are to our spouse.)
  71. Be sensitive enough to ask her if you offend or hurt her sexually in any way.
  72. Go out of your way to help her feel valued over everyone else.
  73. Consider her as your marital partner in how you spend money.
  74. You dated your wife before marriage, and fell in love. Date her now to STAY in love.
  75. Be careful to choose your words, especially when angry.
  76. Show affection for her in front of friends.
  77. Make sure your children speak to her and treat her in respectful ways.
  78. Make a point of honoring anniversaries, birthdays, and other special occasions.
  79. Make sure she has money to spend any way she would choose.
  80. Hold her close and verbally express your love when she is hurt or discouraged.
  81. Surprise her by giving her a special gift from time to time.
  82. Share the responsibilities around the house (without looking for special recognition).
  83. Don’t tease and belittle her, saying “I was just joking” when she doesn’t find it funny.
  84. Allow her to express herself freely, without fear of being called illogical or dumb.
  85. Don’t forget to hold her hand in public like you used to when you dated her.
  86. Don’t criticize her in front of others—keeping her dignity in tact.
  87. Don’t focus on the physical features of another woman (It dishonors your wife).
  88. Be sensitive to her needs—looking for ways to bless her.
  89. Let her know you want to spend special time with her and the children.
  90. Fix dinner for her sometimes.
  91. Be sympathetic when she’s sick—and help her however you can.
  92. Let her sleep in sometimes and you get the children ready for the day.
  93. Honor her by not disagreeing with her in front of the children.
  94. Don’t ignore the small things that bother her and let them build into bigger issues.
  95. Surprise her by doing some things around the house that she’s wanted done.
  96. Tell her (and show her) you love her often.
  97. Call, email or text her when you’re apart so she knows you are thinking of her.
  98. Surprise her by suggesting a marriage seminar or weekend retreat you can attend together.
  99. Express your love and appreciation for her in a love note which you give to her.
  100. Show her affection without sexual intentions.

100 Ways to Love Your Wife | The Kardia Blog

Step 1: Print out the free printable by clicking on the link below. Make sure to also print out the list of how to love your husband too. Set out some highlighters and pens to use.

Step 2: Highlight the most meaningful ones as you read through the list. Ask him to do the same with his list. What speaks to you? What can you relate to?

Step 3: After you both have gone through the list, number them in order of importance.

Step 4: Discuss! Talk about why and why you didn't choose certain things. Ask if there are any other things the other would like to add to the list.

Step 5: Take his highlighted selections and write/type it into a list, and have him do the same with yours. Keep it somewhere where you can see it daily for reference (the refrigerator, bedside table, planner, bulletin board, etc.).

I hope this will provide both of you with a conversation starter and a practical date night idea. Learning to love one another in different ways is one of the keys to a successful relationship :)

Get your free 100 Ways to Love Her Worksheet here!

What are some other ways that you as a wife/girlfriend feel loved? 

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100 Ways to Love Your Spouse (Part 1: His Way)

100 Ways to Love Your Husband | The Kardia Blog
Everyone wants to feel loved, but different people feel and express that love in different ways. I found this list here about a year ago, and even though Caleb and I are just dating, we've always wanted to know what makes the other feel loved and respected. Because men and women feel loved through different actions, there are two parts to this series. Today I'm providing a list of 100 ways to love your spouse HIS way, and on Wednesday will be the list of 100 ways to love your spouse HER way. By no means is this a list of do and don'ts, or what you're not doing right. No. That's not the intention. The purpose of this is to get to know what kind of actions speak to your significant other's love language. Use it to learn their view certain things. These are only suggestions - not everything will apply to everyone. Have fun! The list is pretty exciting as you go through it.

SCROLL DOWN TO LEARN HOW TO USE THE LIST + GET A FREE PRINTABLE WORKSHEET!! :)

  1. Respectfully communicate with him.
  2. Let him know he’s important to you.
  3. Purposefully try to understand his feelings—even when you disagree with him.
  4. Show interest in his friends giving him some time with them if they’re trust-worthy.
  5. Let go of the small stuff. We all have annoying habits and preferences that are different from our spouse’s. (Dave Ramsey)
  6. Tell him you both love him AND like him.
  7. Either show interest in his hobbies or allow him space to participate freely. (D Ramsey)
  8. Protect his dignity on a daily basis.
  9. When confronting him, realize he has feelings also.
  10. Foster an atmosphere of laughter in your home. Look for ways to laugh together.
  11. Try not to make sudden major changes without discussion, giving him time to adjust.
  12. When you go out on a date together don’t bring up problems—have fun instead.
  13. Focus on what he’s doing right, instead of focusing so often on the negatives.
  14. Show interest in what he feels is important in life.
  15. Give him special time with you apart from the children.
  16. The first minutes after a spouse comes home often sets the stage for how the rest of the evening will go. Try to make that time a positive experience. (Ease into the negative.)
  17. Give him time to unwind after he gets home from work. Your evenings will be much more enjoyable. (Dave Ramsey)
  18. Don’t allow family members to treat him disrespectfully. Defend him to anyone that dishonors his place as your husband.
  19. Compliment him often.
  20. Be creative when you express your love, both in words and in actions.
  21. Talk with him about having specific family goals for each year to achieve together to feel closer as a marital team.
  22. Don’t over commit yourself. Leave time for him.
  23. Extend God’s grace to him and be forgiving when he offends you.
  24. Find ways to show him you need him.
  25. Give him time to be alone. (This energizes him to reconnect at other times.)
  26. Admit your mistakes; don’t be afraid to be humble. Peel away your pride.
  27. Defend him to those who disrespectfully talk about him. Love protects (1 Cor. 13:7).
  28. Respect his desire to do well—not his performance.
  29. Rub his feet or neck, or scratch his back after a hard day.
  30. Take time for the two of you to sit and talk calmly (schedule it when necessary).
  31. Initiate going out on romantic outings (when he’s not tired).
  32. Email him when he’s at work, telling him how much you love him.
  33. Surprise him with a fun gift of some kind that he’d really enjoy.
  34. Express how much you appreciate him for working so hard to support the family.
  35. Tell him how proud you are of him for who he is (giving him specific reasons).
  36. Give advice in a loving way — not in a nagging or belittling way.
  37. Help your husband to be the Spiritual head at home (without “lording” it over him).
  38. Reserve some energy for him so you’re not so tired when he wants you sexually.
  39. Don’t expect him to do projects beyond his natural capabilities.
  40. Pray for him to enjoy God’s best in life.
  41. Take special notice for what he has done for you and the family.
  42. Brag about him to other people both in front of him and even when he’s not there.
  43. Keep conversations brief when he’s tired—so he isn’t “flooded” by too many words.
  44. Tell him 3 things you specifically appreciate about him.
  45. Honor him in front of the children (differ respectfully in private when necessary).
  46. ”Look straight into the eyes of your husband when he talks to you or if you’re speaking to him. This will make him feel that you are interested in what he wants to say.” (J. Clain)
  47. Get up with him, even when he gets up earlier than you want to and pray with him (you can go back to bed afterward, if possible —it’s a sacrifice worth making.)
  48. Be his “help-mate” in whatever ways you sense he needs it.
  49. Participate in shoulder-to-shoulder activities with him (like watching a movie and such) without talking. Sometimes men just like to BE with you and not talk.
  50. Be a student of his ways so you show your love in ways he best comprehends it.
  51. When your husband is in a bad mood give him time to recover. Don’t crowd him.
  52. Help him to finish his goals, hobbies, or education when your see he needs it.
  53. Treat him as if God has stamped on his forehead: “Handle With Care.”
  54. Work to get rid of habits that annoy him.
  55. Be kind and thoughtful to his relatives. Don’t make him choose between you.
  56. Don’t compare his relatives with yours in a negative way.
  57. Thank him for things he’s done around the house. (It means a lot to men).
  58. Don’t expect credit for all you do for him. Do it as “unto the Lord.”
  59. Make sure he agrees with everything important that you’re planning to do.
  60. Do little things for him—let him sleep in, bring him coffee, etc.
  61. Don’t belittle his intelligence or be cynical in your words with him.
  62. Initiate sex periodically. And respond more often.
  63. Sometimes let him enjoy his day off work without having to “work” at home.
  64. Get to the point in your discussions. Spare him details unless he wants them.
  65. Discover his sexual needs.
  66. Surprise him with a 15 second kiss when he gets home from work.
  67. Wink at him from across the room when you’re out at a group function.
  68. Give him the benefit of the doubt when he mis-speaks.
  69. Don’t quarrel over words.
  70. Be kind and courteous with him. (Don’t be kinder to strangers than to him.)
  71. When things go wrong, instead of assessing blame, focus on how to do better.
  72. As a kindness, don’t say, “I told you so.”
  73. Try not to argue over money. Peacefully discuss future expenditures instead.
  74. Take him out on dates—pre-planning all of the details ahead of time.
  75. Hold his hand and snuggle up close to him at times both at home and in public.
  76. Praise his good decisions; minimize the bad ones.
  77. Tell him you love him more often.
  78. Put love notes in his pockets and brief case.
  79. Sit with him while he’s watching TV—even if the program doesn’t interest you.
  80. Don’t expect him to read your mind (despite your thinking he should— extend grace).
  81. Periodically, give him time with his family alone.
  82. Check with him before you throw away his papers and stuff, when possible.
  83. Put effort in to keep yourself in good shape so he’s especially proud to be with you.
  84. Let him express himself freely, without fear of being called stupid or illogical.
  85. Carefully choose your words. Remember to “speak the truth in LOVE.”
  86. Don’t criticize him in front of others—keeping his dignity in tact.
  87. Visit his childhood home with him.
  88. When you’re angry, express it in respectful ways. Don’t give the silent treatment.
  89. Pray for him.
  90. Make him homemade soup when he’s sick.
  91. Look your best—dress to honor him and make him proud to be seen with you when you’re out together.
  92. Support him when someone tries to put him down. Be his best cheer leader.
  93. Don’t disagree with him in front of the children.
  94. Take him for a weekend get-away without the children.
  95. Cheer his successes whether in business or in other areas of everyday living.
  96. Graciously teach him how to demonstrate his love for you.
  97. Give him coupons to redeem—maybe for a back scratch or a shoulder rub.
  98. Buy him a gift certificate to his favorite lunch spot and put it in his wallet.
  99. Hide notes for him around the house where only he will find them.
  100. Thank him for just being himself.

100 Ways to Love Your Husband | The Kardia Blog

Step 1: Print out the free printable by clicking on the link below. Provide some highlighters and pens to use as well.

Step 2: Ask him to highlight the most meaningful ones as he reads through the list. What speaks to him? What can he relate to?

Step 3: After he has gone through the list, ask him to number them in order of importance to him.

Step 4: Discuss! Talk about why and why he didn't choose certain things. Ask if there are any other things he would add that would make him feel loved.

Step 5: Take his highlighted selections and write/type it into a list! Keep it somewhere where you can see it daily for reference (the refrigerator, bedside table, planner, bulletin board, etc.).

Remember, don't look at this as a list of what you aren't doing right in your relationship, look at it as a special insight into what really makes them feel like they are your #1. Because they are :)

Get your free 100 Ways to Love Him Worksheet here!

Be sure to check out Part 2: How to Love Your Spouse Her Way!!

What are some ways that your husband/boyfriend feels loved? 

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P.S. 10 Reasons Why I Blog (it also happens to be my very first post, ever)