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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #200 on: August 31, 2017, 01:27:10 PM »
Hand-me-downs of baby clothes!!!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #201 on: August 31, 2017, 06:06:48 PM »
- going for a run through the forest
- fall weather when the air is crisp and leaves start to turn colour
- pickling season - making hot sauce from scratch

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #202 on: September 01, 2017, 11:52:24 AM »
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #203 on: September 01, 2017, 12:45:53 PM »
tents

Okay, I need elaboration here. What type of tents and why? There are lots of ways to take this and curious minds want to know.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #204 on: September 01, 2017, 03:50:19 PM »
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #205 on: September 02, 2017, 03:56:12 AM »
- going for a run through the forest
- fall weather when the air is crisp and leaves start to turn colour

Running and spring, now that it's finally here. Perfect combination.

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« Reply #206 on: September 02, 2017, 04:39:08 AM »
- going for a run through the forest
- fall weather when the air is crisp and leaves start to turn colour

Running and spring, now that it's finally here. Perfect combination.

From the UK, I'd say running has become much more fun now autumn is here, the crisp cool air is a delight.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #207 on: September 02, 2017, 04:44:24 AM »
Early morning walks before the world wakes up.

Watching College streaming Soccer particularly of my Son and Friends kids from over the years.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #208 on: September 02, 2017, 05:49:43 AM »
Yoga.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #209 on: September 02, 2017, 08:00:06 AM »
hiking
climbing
drinking cheaply

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #210 on: September 02, 2017, 09:21:03 AM »
Finding edible mushrooms in the local forest.
Attending a free course in something interesting.
Walking to work, while listening to interesting podcasts.
Sufring on internet, this forum, mushroom facebook sides, etc.
Buying stuff that you need on sale and skipping all other stuff the shops might have on sale.
Walking past shops and commenting to your SO how much useless stuff many shops sell.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #211 on: September 04, 2017, 11:27:44 AM »
Going to a place I don't normally have reason to go to and watching people I don't normally have an opportunity to watch.



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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #212 on: September 04, 2017, 12:28:54 PM »
Going to a place I don't normally have reason to go to and watching people I don't normally have an opportunity to watch.

People watching is the best!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #213 on: September 05, 2017, 09:53:39 AM »
Peeling lint off the dryer filter.

Sleeping through the night (my kids are 2 and 4, so a full night sleep is still not a guarantee unfortunately).

The smell of autumn.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #214 on: September 05, 2017, 03:29:40 PM »
Today I'm borrowing my neighbour's dog and taking her to the beach (it's spring where I live, not beach weather but a good place to take dogs). We'll both get a walk, collect some driftwood and have a little adventure. Doggo seems to enjoy being whisked off for unknown adventures during the day while her Mum and Dad are at work. Obviously, I have the neighbour's permission and doglet knows me well! Her parents will get adventure selfies to see what we've been up to as well!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #215 on: September 06, 2017, 07:27:33 PM »
(Free) babysitting from my MIL.

A salted caramel donut from a fancy bakery, enjoyed in a beautiful park with new friends.

The last chocolate from my husband's Father's Day present, which he saved just for me.

Not cheap as an overall purchase, but very cheap on a cost per use basis: my excellent secondhand pram which makes it easy to take the baby out for walks.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #216 on: September 06, 2017, 07:49:06 PM »
Hummingbirds.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #217 on: September 06, 2017, 10:55:22 PM »
Big swig of ice cold water.

Seeing the wildlife coexisting with us in the campground each day

Staying up late whenever I want to, and then sleeping in just because I can!

Talking to my mom on the phone and NOT having to say goodbye because I am too busy - priceless

DH asking me for something, no matter how little and I can say sure because my time is now my own (and sometimes his)

The list goes on and on!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #218 on: September 06, 2017, 11:33:23 PM »
Love this thread, thanks for starting it, Lifejoy!

- Walking up to my rooftop at night and gazing around at a 360* view: hundreds of twinkling windows and silhouettes of ancient hills nearby.

- Watching the sliver of sea view from my apartment become obscured by dusk

- Lying in bed in my tiny highrise as birds circle and dart overhead between our buildings, silhouetted against the sky

- Reading the latest book published by my Protagonist's small company

- That wild coffee scent as it hisses out of the espresso machine, pungent final drops

- Walking up the hill hand in hand on a weekend, past a ceramic kiln museum to the Protagonist's apartment in the countryside, sweating on a humid evening and looking forward to a cool shower upstairs

- The thwack of folding an antique linen coverlet to make my sofabed into a daybed after a good night's sleep

- Checking out the ever-evolving bamboo scaffolding on a neighboring street as I walk to the metro station for work

- The 'beep' of security as I enter a building at work. I absolutely love my job!
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #219 on: September 07, 2017, 12:38:48 AM »
playing dota2 videogame for free.  I probably played over 1,000 hours according to steam.

My kids playing Roblox videogame for free.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #220 on: September 07, 2017, 11:36:01 AM »
I live in Southeast Texas, and I often miss living somewhere with four seasons...when all the magazines in the rack have casseroles on the cover, and all we want is a nice light salad...

But boy, those first cool days after the summer are wonderful. I had my sliding glass door open this morning while I drank my coffee and it was great.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #221 on: September 07, 2017, 03:10:40 PM »
Teaching my old dog a new trick. 

When my cat and dog, who pretend to hate each other, accidentally end up with their backs touching when we are having second sleep/cuddle on a weekend morning.

Discovering for the 100th time, just how freaking smart my cat is.

Urban sketching - mixing people watching with my art practice.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #222 on: September 07, 2017, 10:49:56 PM »
Hanging out in bushland, particularly with birds.
Cycling somewhere nice.
Talking with my husband.
Playing the accordion.
Gardening.
Looking at pictures of happy dogs.
Making jam / cooking / brewing.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #223 on: September 08, 2017, 01:52:30 AM »
Calculating my net worth.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #224 on: September 08, 2017, 08:33:35 AM »
Wearing a hoodie sweatshirt while sitting around a bonfire with friends on a Fall evening and having a beer/wine.

An active vacation, i.e. cabin in the woods and hiking, mountain biking, etc.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #225 on: September 08, 2017, 11:32:24 AM »
Having my hair dryer on a hook and positioned to blow its warm air to the middle of the bathroom.  When I'm in a rush I turn it on after my shower to have it dry my hair as I dry with a towel.
On cool mornings like today, I turn it on and let it take the chill out of the room and the tub as I get the cloths I will put on after my shower.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #226 on: September 08, 2017, 02:45:57 PM »
Walking everywhere.

Taking the local bus to go further places instead of taking the car for all of $0.75!


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #227 on: September 09, 2017, 06:15:06 AM »
Free showing of Casablanca, complete with free popcorn at the local art house cinema.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #228 on: September 09, 2017, 07:23:49 PM »
- Drawing
- Showing off a drawing
- Singing in harmony w/ someone else
- Giving things away to someone who is really stoked to get them
- Clothing swaps
- Sitting in a hot springs
 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #229 on: September 09, 2017, 08:17:44 PM »
- Drawing
- Showing off a drawing
- Singing in harmony w/ someone else
- Giving things away to someone who is really stoked to get them
- Clothing swaps
- Sitting in a hot springs

You're my kinda person! Clothing swaps are my favourite thing :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #230 on: September 10, 2017, 02:37:52 AM »
Tacos.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #231 on: September 10, 2017, 05:18:06 AM »
Seeing my beautiful one-day old goddaughter on Friday ! :-)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #232 on: September 11, 2017, 08:15:04 AM »

You're my kinda person! Clothing swaps are my favourite thing :)

Yes, they are all the fun of shopping, combined with all the fun of staying home and hanging with your friends instead of shopping!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #233 on: September 12, 2017, 05:07:09 PM »
Non-apple brand lighting chargers

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #234 on: September 12, 2017, 05:19:00 PM »
Non-apple brand lighting chargers

I have a genuine Apple charger at home and at work, but my husband tends to leave chargers in hotel rooms so I buy him cheap colourful ones. The rule is that the white one is not allowed to leave the house.

I also bought him a three-metre lightning cable to leave next to his bed so of course he ended up putting it in the car. >.<

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #235 on: September 12, 2017, 05:42:08 PM »
Non-apple brand lighting chargers

I have a genuine Apple charger at home and at work, but my husband tends to leave chargers in hotel rooms so I buy him cheap colourful ones. The rule is that the white one is not allowed to leave the house.

I also bought him a three-metre lightning cable to leave next to his bed so of course he ended up putting it in the car. &gt;.&lt;

My apple ones keep breaking, which is super lame, so cheap replacement ones with woven cords make me VERY HAPPY :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #236 on: September 12, 2017, 07:24:13 PM »
A salted caramel donut from a fancy bakery, eaten with new friends in a beautiful park!

Clean sheets.

Ibuprofen when I have aches and pains.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #237 on: September 12, 2017, 08:03:20 PM »
A salted caramel donut from a fancy bakery, eaten with new friends in a beautiful park!

Clean sheets.

Ibuprofen when I have aches and pains.

+1 to clean sheets on a freshly made bed! Or clean sheets drying on the line and walking through them and their silky coolness

+10000 to light pain medication to making life nicer when needed

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #238 on: September 13, 2017, 12:49:23 AM »
A salted caramel donut from a fancy bakery, eaten with new friends in a beautiful park!

Clean sheets.

Ibuprofen when I have aches and pains.

YES to clean sheets. It' so lovely to get into clean sheets, especially if they've dried in the sun all day, and extra especially if there was a seashore salt breeze as well. Really one of life's little pleasures.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #239 on: September 13, 2017, 04:36:10 AM »
A nice crisp glass of white wine once the kids are in bed (cheap as here in Europe wine is CHEAP)
Talking with my kids
walking to and from work (40 minute walk each way) while either talking to a walking companion or listening to a podcast

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #240 on: September 13, 2017, 03:45:09 PM »
Sharing a bottle of wine at home w/ DW.
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« Reply #241 on: September 13, 2017, 07:18:56 PM »
Oranged

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #242 on: September 13, 2017, 07:41:49 PM »
my mom's "bee bath" (she puts water out for the nearby hive)

I had no idea about bee baths - just looked up some videos. So lovely! Thanks for this :) :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #243 on: September 13, 2017, 08:46:50 PM »
Watching hummingbirds fly around.

This, and sitting on the porch swing looking out at the lake.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #244 on: September 13, 2017, 09:12:51 PM »
Taking a walk and enjoying the views in my neighborhood.  We live in a townhome, so one of the most affordable houses in the area.  Our view is the same as the $500k to million dollar homes (and this is in a very LCOL area!) across the way (pretty native canyon area between).  So I get to enjoy the same area at a fraction of the cost.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #245 on: September 15, 2017, 12:08:47 PM »
Walking on a beautiful day, listening to podcasts or TED talks. Makes me smarter & more fit, and it's free. :)
Popping by school to sit with my kids during their lunch period.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #246 on: September 16, 2017, 03:48:48 PM »
Fire and fairy lights.

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« Reply #247 on: September 16, 2017, 10:05:18 PM »
Fire and fairy lights.

Gorgeous. Looks peaceful &lt;3

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #248 on: September 16, 2017, 10:29:37 PM »
Half priced (or cheaper) books (I'm a little anal about condition, when it only costs a buck or two to get a good spine or non-smoker).  Lately, I have splurged on PSP games since I don't game often but like portable versions of the classics.  Seriously, there is so much multimedia out there, and all of it is cheap after a very short shelf life. 
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #249 on: September 17, 2017, 12:50:33 PM »
Today a trip with two friends in our local forest fouraging for mushrooms. We ate homemade sandwiches for lunch. No money spent today.