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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #50 on: July 09, 2017, 09:48:37 AM »
Library: books, DVD, CD, and nice conversation with the librarians.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #51 on: July 09, 2017, 09:53:49 AM »
Sitting at the beach and watching the waves.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #52 on: July 09, 2017, 09:55:02 AM »
Biking to the beach on a warm summer morning.

Homemade double-shot mocha smoothie on a hot summer afternoon.

Having the house to myself for a weekend or longer.

Star Trek TOS marathon!!!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #53 on: July 09, 2017, 01:01:45 PM »
Being able to chat in real-time with a friend on the other side of the world thanks to the magic of the internet.

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Especially if that friend has a new baby that has her up at crazy hours that helps out the major time difference between us :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #54 on: July 09, 2017, 01:03:15 PM »
The joy of meeting like-minded people on the internet, and especially this forum. I've made friends with such wonderful humans here. You guys rock.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #55 on: July 09, 2017, 01:20:05 PM »
Good Coffee:) - Good Chocolate:)

Hanging out in my garden, enjoying the sunshine or the shade, sipping something, watching the birds and the butterflies, the resident garden kitty, the wind rustling in the trees, the water splashing in the fountain, inhaling the scents of jasmine and roses, petting (yes, petting) the leaves in my herb garden:), my eyes embracing the riot of colors and shapes in my unruly garden - heaven:).

Good friends - good books - learning something new.

My all time favorite thing that costs nothing, (if I can get there:) - sitting in a sunlit meadow in the middle of an old forest - Nirvana:)

The glory of an old apple tree, gnarled and defiant, raining a million white and pink blossoms - the promise of succulent apples in the fall.

... and now that I live in Florida near the beach, the sound of waves crashing on the rocks - soothing and somehow invigorating all at once.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #56 on: July 09, 2017, 02:56:05 PM »
A room of my own

Sunshine and a library book

Sunset and a library book on my patio

Tea and a library book

Coke zero and a library book

A library book in the bath

Taking my library book on a walk or to the pool

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #57 on: July 09, 2017, 03:16:31 PM »
It is interesting that most of these things are not only cheap - they're FREE!



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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #58 on: July 09, 2017, 03:34:09 PM »
Waking from a restful nap, that feeling of rest in such a short amount of time, mmmm.

Walking around when it's hot and taking a sip of water from my canteen.

Seeing friends I haven't seen in a while.

Sharing good food made from scratch, with friends and family.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #59 on: July 09, 2017, 03:37:37 PM »
Riding my bike down Roller Coaster Road (which is very well named).

Seeing baby bobcats in my backyard!

Harvesting peaches, pomegranates, and grapefruit from the yard.

New strings on my mandolin.

Potlucks and movie nights with friends.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #60 on: July 09, 2017, 06:05:33 PM »
Just having pets and the joy they bring.  One dog, one cat, best friends. 

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #61 on: July 09, 2017, 07:27:51 PM »
Homemade hot-chocolate

Marshmellows over a fire

Oh I forgot.... reading the MMM forum ;)

All this.

Plus, hanging out with you.

You're cheap and you make me happy. :D

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #62 on: July 09, 2017, 08:09:50 PM »
$35 per year to join my state's Trail Association. After that it's just gas money to get to the hikes, and I get to go to state and regional parks for free, during trail association hikes and events. Also I get free access to most of the amusement lovations in my state, through work.  I haven't been able to attend a lot of hikes because of scheduling conflicts, so I also purchased an annual pass to regional parks and will go walking on my own time.

 Surfing the Internet, reading blogs, audiobooks on YouTube, which I listen to while working; it really makes the day go by faster. I absolutely love and adore my part-time job (like I would volunteer for free as a docent), so not only is it cheap, but it earns me money. Hanging out with family (for some reason, friends always do things that cost money... but I guess it helps when your family is frugal also).  I also spent a lot of time with my pets (they are frugal too).

 Come to think of it, I really don't spend that much on regular entertainment.  Not necessarily because of money either, I just don't ever seem to enjoy the things many of my peers do, like frequenting restaurants, and doing laser tag, playing pool, comedy clubs, bars. I like trying new restaurants, but I don't need to go back until I've tried everything on the menu for the second time. I'm also not big on mega concerts and rare times I go to concerts, I prefer small intimate settings.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #63 on: July 10, 2017, 01:23:15 AM »
Reading a book in the bath and not destroying it by accident! Best!! X10 if it's a library book!

Baking and carrying out "quality control".

The thoughtfulness of dear friends, shown in so many different ways.

Books that I don't want to end. Movies that make me cry happy tears.

Walking in public by myself - able-bodied and without fear. So nice.

Super soft bed sheets.

Nice smells from my nebulizer (sp?).

Super soft sweaters.

Sushi.

Food I made and put in the freezer for quick and easy snacking.

When my teeth feel really REALLY clean after a dentist cleaning (covered by benefits).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #64 on: July 10, 2017, 02:45:18 AM »
I hear ya with the library books in the bath thing.

-being able to run, (not fast or particularly far), that first bound from your start
Position always makes me feel free
-stretching after sport
-cuddles from my baby niece
- a well cooked  bolognese
- being able to sleep in on Sundays
- doing math- there's something so satisfying about getting a calculation right
- dancing
- watching a movie at home with the fam
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #65 on: July 10, 2017, 04:28:39 AM »
Watching my fifteen-month old daughter run around the backyard investigating everything... flowers, grass, rocks, everything is new and wonderful to her and it's amazing to see.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #66 on: July 10, 2017, 05:47:36 AM »
Homemade hot-chocolate

Marshmellows over a fire

Oh I forgot.... reading the MMM forum ;)

All this.

Plus, hanging out with you.

You're cheap and you make me happy. :D

awww shucks.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #67 on: July 10, 2017, 06:43:23 AM »
Great thread!

Playing and cuddling with my cats
Playing and cuddling with my husband
Pottering in our veg patch at the community garden
Making art in my studio
Watching movies from the library
Baking and cooking from scratch
Hiking
Camping
Walking around lakes

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #68 on: July 10, 2017, 08:09:48 AM »
I like playing older MMO's on free servers. Free, fun, and since they are a bit older you don't need a super computer to run them.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #69 on: July 10, 2017, 08:15:51 AM »
Spending time doing anything with my family.
Watching my niece play with a stick as if it's the most glorious object she's ever encountered.
Playing outside with the man I love.
Reading.
Cooking.
Eating.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #70 on: July 10, 2017, 08:17:34 AM »
Reading this thread you might think we're a bunch of hippy dippy types...And maybe we are.

Money is just a tool.
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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #71 on: July 10, 2017, 08:27:14 AM »
Blogging

Reading

Taking a walk when the weather is perfect

Sitting on my front porch sipping a cold beer on a hot day when everyone else is at work

Playing my guitar

Talking trash to my family while I crush them at various board games (and when I'm losing)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #72 on: July 10, 2017, 08:43:03 AM »
During the early morning hours at the beach, when its quiet and cool, I like to bury my toes in the wet sand. That or find sand crabs.
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« Reply #73 on: July 10, 2017, 09:59:24 AM »
Reading this thread you might think we're a bunch of hippy dippy types...And maybe we are.

Money is just a tool.

Or maybe hippy dippy types are just the ones that know how to find the easiest, most accessible forms of happiness? :)

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #74 on: July 10, 2017, 10:28:33 AM »
Can't believe there hasn't been a "YOUR MOM" joke in this thread yet.


Seeing my daughter smile.

Cracking my toes in the shower after working out.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #75 on: July 10, 2017, 10:30:44 AM »
Playing the banjo and singing to my 7 months-old - can't wait for her to be able to chime in :) Actually, almost anything else related to the wee one.
Reading a good book in the sunset.
Long walks with a good friend.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #76 on: July 10, 2017, 10:53:49 AM »
Watching my cats watch the birds eating from the bird feeder

Sipping a cup of coffee in the early morning hours, long before my husband wakes up

Sitting in the shade of a tree in our backyard, watching the hummingbirds and buzzing insects go from flower to flower

Visiting the library

Cat snuggles (of course)

Husband snuggles (rare in this hot weather)


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #77 on: July 10, 2017, 11:28:26 AM »
Cuddling with the cat while I read a book and drink tea. I have a snuggly purry-beastie! Bonus points if it's raining.

Looking at pictures of places I want to travel to.

Writing short stories. I get to research old myths and the countries they originate from. I get a lot of my research materials from the library.




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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #78 on: July 10, 2017, 11:48:30 AM »
Writing.

Watering the flower pots and garden.

Seeing my son smile.

Hanging out with family and friends just bs'ing.

Finding new music.

Reading - although haven't had much time for that this year :(

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #79 on: July 10, 2017, 12:19:56 PM »
Touching my grandson's feet and feeling his toes curl around my fingers.

Watching him nap.. right now.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #80 on: July 10, 2017, 01:18:36 PM »
Library books (and audiobooks!) delivered free instantly to my Kindle.

Pandora and Spotify - free versions

The weight of my cat in my lap


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #81 on: July 10, 2017, 02:48:40 PM »
Having my husband tell me that a meal I made was delicious.

Shutting the door of the shed after having put the lawnmower away and knowing our yard looks much better.

Cat head buts against my hand.

Friday's at 4:30 (getting off work for the weekend.)

Having someone notice at church that I'd lost some weight (30 lbs since January.)

The neighborhood stray cat lounging under one of our plastic chairs on the deck after we fed her.

Seeing one or both of the foxes in the neighborhood park.

Finding out that grinding up a date + 2 tsp of cocoa powder + frozen banana makes for a pretty darn good chocolate craving reducer.

Seeing our first eggplant growing in our container garden.

Watching my husband watching two butterflies zoom around our deck/container garden with utter delight.

Finding out that a favorite author has come out with a new book - which is available at the library.

Having a favorite song come on the radio.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #82 on: July 10, 2017, 03:46:36 PM »
Playing with my dog and his favorite rope toy.

Seeing a bee pollinating/grabbing nectar from our plant, I love feeling I have helped that bee in a small way.


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #83 on: July 10, 2017, 03:58:53 PM »
Picking herbs from my garden, and then cooking with them.
Looking up through the trees from my spot in the hammock.
Reading a good book, free, from the library.
Cooking from scratch.
Sleeping in.
Late nights alone with hubby.
Making something / repurposing fabric & old clothes into something beautiful & useful.
Making dresses for my baby.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #84 on: July 10, 2017, 04:02:47 PM »
I recently went to Paris for two weeks and it ended up costing nothing (travel hacking plus a travel delay) and it was all the better for the lack of reduction in my net worth.

When I returned home the tiny cucumber plants that I had started from seed had enough cukes on them to make a quart jar of pickles.  It made me happy that they had grown so much while I was gone.

Long walks in the early morning light.

Learning something new

Making things with my own hands.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #85 on: July 10, 2017, 04:51:16 PM »
This is sooo good!

Plying a new skill - i just learned to cross stitch.  Watching the pattern come to life and making gifts. 
Getting homemade crafts from DH (he just made me a cross stick holder that is wonderful).
Putting my toes into running water - bath, brook, ocean.
Watching storms roll through.

I LOVE to watch hail bounce off cars (I guess that could be expensive for some).  Yes, even my own car.  I also like to catch it and eat it.
Eating fresh fallen snow.
Teaching someone something new.
Learning something new.

Laying in soft beds.



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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #86 on: July 10, 2017, 05:38:41 PM »
Been waiting, no one said it,
 a good roll in the hay!
It free and you don't really need hay.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #87 on: July 10, 2017, 06:49:13 PM »
Been waiting, no one said it,
 a good roll in the hay!
It free and you don't really need hay.

Au contraire!


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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #88 on: July 10, 2017, 08:05:25 PM »
Walking through the landscape covered in fresh snow when its not even that cold
Walking through lush greenery, by running water, listening to the birds sing and talk
Sitting in the grass in the shade on a hot day
Listening to hummingbirds wage war with each other for the hummingbird feeders
Watching the sunrise and the changes in color on the clouds
Listening to a storm roll through
Watching my dog crawl up to my chest to get attention after he has seen that I woke up in the morning
Looking at the stars and moon on a clear night
Cooking with my husband
That moment when my clever idea actually works
Watching squirrels race up and down trees, watching hawks soar overhead

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #89 on: July 10, 2017, 10:01:29 PM »
One time when Arebelspy said that he liked an idea I had. He even called me Ambi. I'm all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it. Heaven help me if I would ever meet Mr Money.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #90 on: July 10, 2017, 10:42:19 PM »
Nature, cat love, library, MMM forum.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #91 on: July 10, 2017, 10:51:01 PM »
The wind through my hair.
The sound of water moving in rivers or along the beach.
Great sex.
Being with people who make you happy.
Reading a good book that transports you elsewhere.
Learning a new skill via DIY.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #92 on: July 11, 2017, 05:29:13 AM »
Can't believe there hasn't been a "YOUR MOM" joke in this thread yet.


Seeing my daughter smile.

Cracking my toes in the shower after working out.

Haha! Lame jokes are one of my favourite cheap happy things ;)

Also a full night of sleep.

Good weather for walking (not too hot, not too cold.)

Jeans that fit right.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #93 on: July 11, 2017, 05:34:12 AM »
Been waiting, no one said it,
 a good roll in the hay!
It free and you don't really need hay.

Au contraire!


Sex.

Well *technically* it has not been said because maybe they were referring to a nice log roll outside? LOL ;) Hay optional!

Going down a hill as a kid was quite a terrifying treat!

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #94 on: July 11, 2017, 05:36:19 AM »
The way the ends of my hair feel after a (sometimes cheap) haircut. Head massages, too, omg!

Buying one piece of fancy chocolate and savouring it is a real delight.

Netflix and chill.

Voluspa candles when gifted to me.

Sunglasses or hats that fit me (most don't).

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #95 on: July 11, 2017, 08:27:46 AM »
Slow-cooked pork or chicken does it for me.

The library is also awesome. Per-use, great value.

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« Reply #96 on: July 11, 2017, 09:58:44 AM »
Sitting on my back porch with a cold drink and a good book.

Canning - and then stepping back and looking at my shelves loaded with preserved fruits and veggies. Always helps me feel abundant and productive.

Walking to the lake and sitting and looking at the water. Or, going to the dog beach and watching the happy frolicking dogs.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #97 on: July 11, 2017, 10:23:47 AM »
Looking at the peonies my wife brought in from the garden. We're lazy gardeners but these things keep coming back each year without any effort on our part, amazing!

+ a million.

When we bought our house in the late fall we had no idea we had peonies. To my surprise and joy several bushes (is that the correct term? They are huge!) came up and I had absolute armloads of them. For almost three glorious weeks I had vases of them all over my house.

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #98 on: July 11, 2017, 01:13:35 PM »
Coffee
Library
Fruit
GF's shoulder massages when I have a headache

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Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
« Reply #99 on: July 11, 2017, 01:31:30 PM »
When the quick, easy and clever ideas I have in my head actually turn out to be quick, easy and clever once I try doing them.
My puppies melting into my lap when sleeping.
Spotting uncommon animals when out walking/camping (Foxes, snakes, lizards, beavers).
Watching the hummingbirds darting around like mini jetfighters on crack.
Watching thunderstorms roll in.
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