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Title: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on July 07, 2017, 07:34:26 PM
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Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on July 07, 2017, 07:37:59 PM
Today I bought a foaming soap dispenser from Bath & Body Works :)

I love foaming soap, and I also love re-using the dispenser for years because you need to fill it with half water and half soap for it to work properly, so it saves me soap in the long run and I love the lack of waste and (albeit, minimal) savings.

I wash my hands many times a day so it's lovely to enjoy it.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: deborah on July 07, 2017, 07:47:23 PM
Looking out my window in the early morning or late afternoon, when shadows are long and the landscape looks gorgeous
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rowellen on July 07, 2017, 07:51:28 PM
Listening to my children laugh together when they are playing nicely together.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ixtap on July 07, 2017, 07:53:19 PM
Dancing to concerts in the park.

Biking by the water.

Curling up in the corner of the sectional.

When DH puts the dish soap bottle down and a few bubbles escape. I will even stop a rant to watch those bubbles, they are my zen and joy.

Living in a small space that means I can curl up in the corner  of the sectional and watch the dish soap bubbles at the same time :)

My volunteer position that has me spending a few hours once a month on a boat with a stopwatch.

Watching other people with colorful kites, hot air balloons or paragliding, or even brightly colored sails scooting across the water.

Laying in bed listening to Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Lepetitange3 on July 07, 2017, 08:21:26 PM
The smell of coffee as I brew it in the morning
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElleFiji on July 07, 2017, 08:34:54 PM
A bath, and a free magazine from the health food store
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: aceyou on July 07, 2017, 09:13:34 PM
When my children (2 and 5) use the wrong words or grammar.  For example, right now my 2 year old keeps pronouncing coffee as "fuck-ee".  Each morning my wife makes coffee and Avery is standing there and talking to her saying over and over, "mommy fuckee, mommy fuckee".  We correct her each time, but a part of us wants her to say it wrong just a bit longer.  My favorite was when we were walking at the beach in the morning, drinking coffee, and she shouted "mommy fuckee, mommy fuckee" in front of a large group of people.

Bedtime routine with DS (5).  We read 2 books, then "snuggle", which means I lay there in bed next to him for a while.  Then I tell him, alright, I need to head to bed.  And every night he says "Daddie, but I want you to snuggle just a little tiny bit longer".  And then I say "yes, but just a little tiny bit longer".  I'll be sad when he stops asking that. 

Watching someone who is the best at what they do, usually regardless of what it is.  Human potential, the human body, and the human mind is an incredible thing, and it's neat to see people who excel at different things. 

Seeing things done in an efficient manner:) 

Playing on Excel and doing my monthly net worth updates

Producing winning tennis teams as a coach. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Sailor Sam on July 07, 2017, 09:45:53 PM
When I'm browsing the "what's avaliable" section of the library, and find a book I've been waiting to read. For free! It makes the library feel like magic.

My miniature spatulas also bring me a level of joy that far outstrips their cost. They are tiny, but incredibly useful.

That moment of total zen when the ship and I are one unit, maneourvering into the dock. Not only is it free, they pay me to have this much fun.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on July 07, 2017, 10:56:40 PM
+1 to the magic of library books!

Also, I love picking blueberries in my backyard in the morning. It is bliss. One for me, one for the bucket. One for me, one for the bucket...
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: GreenShirt on July 07, 2017, 11:07:01 PM
Walking, pretty much anywhere within reason. It's a great way to relieve stress and i love exploring new places in my city.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: AnnaGrowsAMustache on July 07, 2017, 11:17:49 PM
Cat cuddles. They're very rare around here, since the fat bastard is an ex-feral. And I guess he's not really cheap to keep. But when he's in a cuddly mood I'll put off other things because it's just so rare! I have actually been late for work because of a cat cuddle.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: fuzzy math on July 07, 2017, 11:31:25 PM
Using up something to the very last bit. Especially satisfying if you want it gone, or if it's hung around for a long time.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Thinkum on July 07, 2017, 11:47:41 PM
Dang, my whole life is about the cheap things that make me happy, seriously!

Some off the top of my head include:

Sleeping in when it's not my day to take le pooch out in the morning.

Listening to all kinds of good music for free on my speakah!

Making ice cream with coconut milk and whatever else, super cheap and oh so good on these hot days.

Taking le pooch hiking or to the park to play, I can't decide who likes it more, me or him. :)

Playing Fallout Shelter, because it's scratches that itch and it's free.

Playing with le petit kitty cat when she gets all frisky.

Waking up in the middle of night and having le petit cuddled by my side, pushing me aside. Warms my heart.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on July 07, 2017, 11:56:52 PM
@GreenShirt - omg waking! A million times yes!

And cat cuddles, human cuddles, any kind of cuddles... ahhh so nice.

I also enjoy consciously  lighting a candle. Sets a serene mood and sometimes smells quite nice.

Being given chocolate (whether as a gift or a free sample) is a special type of joy for me.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: coconutindex on July 08, 2017, 01:04:24 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!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Adventine on July 08, 2017, 01:39:32 AM
Walking through a beautiful tree-filled park on my way to the office and watching the tiny leaves float gracefully down on me.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Erma on July 08, 2017, 01:42:09 AM
Swimming in the river in our village.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: bludreamin on July 08, 2017, 03:08:13 AM
Walk through the woods.

Waterfalls.

Naps.

Waking up in the middle of night and having le petit cuddled by my side, pushing me aside. Warms my heart.
^ this too
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Dumb blonde on July 08, 2017, 03:58:17 AM
Singing and making music. Playing the piano and the cajon, and best of all doing this together with my kids. However I doubt whether this is cheap. The piano cost me a fortune and music lessons weren't free either. :-)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: nottoolatetostart on July 08, 2017, 04:37:18 AM
Seeing my kids use their imagination with items they repurpose into whatever their heart desires. Last night, my toddlers made a tea party while I cooked dinner. Mind you, they don't have tea cups as they are little, but they used little backpacks for their plates, coloring books for a lovely tablecloth, and then they sang happy birthday to their stuffed animals. They used canned food for the candles and were deliriously excited. I love when they make stuff up. Just the simplicity of kids being kids. The giggling, smiles, joy, teamwork, and endless imagination. I never want them to stop thinking outside the box.

Quiet, peaceful coffee time alone in the morning.

A wonderful summer afternoon breeze on my back porch or front lawn, with nowhere to be.

Music. Especially free outdoor music on a gorgeous summer night (there's one tonight!)

Listening to music while bike riding.

Decluttering. Organized, clean space.

Cooking (note very different from making dinner, which is slapping something edible to eat). The smell of cilantro, garlic scapes, onions cooking, basil I guess those things aren't free.

Putting in a good day's work and accomplishing my daily goals.

Holding my toddler's hand.

Time to reflect.

Someone else said using something up and I agree. I get a weird satisfaction of using up our CSA weekly produce and making all my meals around using something up. Or, creating something out of stuff I already own. Repurposing.


Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: StacheyStache on July 08, 2017, 05:06:01 AM
Walking downstairs to get a "free" cappuccino from the apartment (I'm sure we more than pay for this in rent)

Finding a swing by the waterfront park downtown

Produce from the farmer's market

Evening walks around the apartment complex

Getting into a really good book or video game

Increasing my free weights another five pounds

Laying on the beach ten minutes away/playing in the ocean

Daydreaming with SO about our future together
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Bella78 on July 08, 2017, 05:17:55 AM
Sitting on my back porch with a cup of  coffee.

Getting act cuddles.

Going for walk around my community on a nice sunny day.

Being out in the yard gardening.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: jennifers on July 08, 2017, 05:18:04 AM
Taking my dogs to the dog park and seeing how happy it makes them.
It's like Disney World for dogs but only $20 a year.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Splendid on July 08, 2017, 05:49:36 AM
Sitting on my patio at dusk watching the fireflies.

Facetiming my fat little nephew and watching as he recognizes me and lights up.

Watching people do stuff they enjoy.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ender on July 08, 2017, 05:54:40 AM
Being outside.

Growing things.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: WhiteTrashCash on July 08, 2017, 06:09:00 AM
Library books

Board games

Walks to the animal shelter at night to play laser pointer with the cats through the window

Sitting in the backyard watching the bird feeder while eating dinner

Going to Museums with free passes from the library
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ambimammular on July 08, 2017, 08:03:39 AM
Watching my cat wash his face

Hearing my husband grind morning coffee from my warm spot in bed

when my kids get giggly

meadowlarks

my mom's crazy excessive disorganized garden

my mom's "bee bath" (she puts water out for the nearby hive)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: sehr on July 08, 2017, 09:43:52 AM
Sitting on our deck last night looking at the moon and watching the clouds pass over it and accent the subtle ring of rainbow encircling its fullness. Did anyone else see that?
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Thinkum on July 08, 2017, 11:14:20 AM
Cutting herbs to cook with from our patio garden.

Watching hummingbirds fly around the water feature.

Watching le petit eat her food, nom nom nom.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: spokey doke on July 08, 2017, 11:52:51 AM
PBR
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Firehazard on July 08, 2017, 12:10:00 PM
Watching dogs play at the dog park.

Hiking in the woods and fields with the Best Black Lab in the whole world.

Propagating a whole bunch of new rose bushes from one I bought years ago.

Watching a lawn sprinkler when the light is just right.

Having my back scratched.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rural on July 08, 2017, 01:58:15 PM
Tomatoes that have regrown as volunteers for three years so far now.


Homemade bread


Dip cone from McDonalds for $1  (not sorry)


Audiobooks from the library for my commute


Dogs and cats (these are priceless at a cost I can afford)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: LaineyAZ on July 08, 2017, 03:17:48 PM
Chiclets multiple flavored gum, found at the Dollar store. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Marty on July 08, 2017, 04:37:08 PM
Hiking with my wife and dogs at the river

Homemade pizza

Smell of rain

Reading blogs

Making sweet tea
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BTDretire on July 08, 2017, 04:50:30 PM
Watching someone who is the best at what they do, usually regardless of what it is.  Human potential, the human body, and the human mind is an incredible thing, and it's neat to see people who excel at different things. 

Ooh, I forgot this one!  This experience is so satisfying and amazing.  Love it!

Some of the PEOPLE ARE AWESOME videos on Youtube show this.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on July 08, 2017, 07:16:37 PM
Hiking with my wife and dogs at the river

Homemade pizza

Smell of rain

Reading blogs

Making sweet tea

One of my happy things is the word "petrichor" - "a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather."
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Much Fishing to Do on July 08, 2017, 08:05:49 PM
A game of catch with my daughter (I could do that all day)....hearing my littlest laugh....just looking at my beautiful wife and wondering how I got so lucky...a homemade beer on the back porch with friends.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: SweetLife on July 08, 2017, 08:31:42 PM
Sitting on the porch watching the fireflies ... happy to be alive and healthy.

FaceTime with my husband and baby ... hearing my baby is laughing and dancing after learning to "pee" on the toilet ...

Happy and sad at the same time ... counting down the 21 days until we are together again!!!

Fresh baked portuguese bread ... and the butter there .... so tasty ... and almost free ...

A fridge that makes ice cubes ... automatically :) (I'm spoiled)

Sitting down after a particularly hard day of working in the garden and realizing that my body feels good (sore) but good!!! Not like work at all :)

Hearing a friend say how much they missed me while I was gone. How nice it is to see me... makes my heart melt!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: TartanTallulah on July 09, 2017, 02:40:55 AM
Having a mouth (almost) full of painfree teeth. Having once had a cracked molar, I'll appreciate this for the rest of my life, or for as long as the situation lasts.
The moment in early spring when the pot of reticulata irises outside my front door comes to life.
The view from my favourite viewpoint.
Getting to the top of a long hard climb on my bike and going wheeeeeeeeeeee! down the other side.
Constructing a logical plan for dealing with a problem at work.
Warm scones with jam and cream.
Seeing a weasel dart across the road.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: marty998 on July 09, 2017, 04:06:32 AM
Homemade hot-chocolate

Marshmellows over a fire

Oh I forgot.... reading the MMM forum ;)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on July 09, 2017, 04:21:11 AM
Looking out of the window watching birds or squirrels (we attract them with sunflower seeds and nesting houses).

Hiking

Reading my free Samsung deal Kindle book.

Stargazing (after the initial investment it doesn't cost to use it).

Drinking tea.

Camping in a tent in the mountains, for free.

Cross country skiing, also after initial investment. Although often we need to pay for some fuel and sometimes for parking.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 09, 2017, 05:48:03 AM
Being able to chat in real-time with a friend on the other side of the world thanks to the magic of the internet.

Seeing my baby beam up at me with a smile that melts my (normally ice-cold) heart.

Chocolate!!

Watching great TV shows online free or cheap.

Flowers in my garden and those of my neighbours.

Taking five minutes to snuggle up to my husband on the couch.

A clean toilet.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on July 09, 2017, 09:02:03 AM
Having a mouth (almost) full of painfree teeth. Having once had a cracked molar, I'll appreciate this for the rest of my life, or for as long as the situation lasts.
The moment in early spring when the pot of reticulata irises outside my front door comes to life.
The view from my favourite viewpoint.
Getting to the top of a long hard climb on my bike and going wheeeeeeeeeeee! down the other side.
Constructing a logical plan for dealing with a problem at work.
Warm scones with jam and cream.
Seeing a weasel dart across the road.

Oh man, gotta agree with so many of these!!!

Pain-free teeth: YES!!!!!! Ask me how I know, haha.

And warm scones with jam and cream are one of the biggest delights of my life <3
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on July 09, 2017, 09:03:52 AM
Watching my dad watch humming birds at the humming bird feeder, as he joyfully exclaims, "Well HELLO there, little buddy!!"
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on July 09, 2017, 09:06:46 AM
Being able to chat in real-time with a friend on the other side of the world thanks to the magic of the internet.

+10000000000

Especially if that friend has a new baby that has her up at crazy hours that helps out the major time difference between us :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Bird In Hand on July 09, 2017, 09:26:49 AM
Sex.

Walking into a clean, uncluttered room.  Especially if it's a room in my house.  And especially if it's my bedroom, kitchen, or office.

The smell of lilacs, lily-of-the-valley, abelia, clethra, milkweed, viburnum, or whatever other pleasant spring/summer scent that may come along on the breeze.

Freshly picked fruit -- especially berries and apples.

Pulling weeds and watching bees in the garden.

Ice cream cones and s'mores in the summertime with the kids.

A campfire.

New England fall foliage.

Visiting an apple orchard in the fall.

Enjoying a really good cup of coffee with a scone or doughnut.

Sledding in the snow, and hot chocolate afterward.

Mountain vistas -- from afar and from atop.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: VeggieTable on July 09, 2017, 09:31:40 AM
Homemade bread. So cheap and so delicious.

Eating a home-cooked meal that tastes as good as (or better than) a restaurant meal - this always make me happy because I feel pride in something I made, I save a bunch of money, and it tastes good!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: DeanHedlund on July 09, 2017, 09:48:37 AM
Library: books, DVD, CD, and nice conversation with the librarians.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ssways on July 09, 2017, 09:53:49 AM
Sitting at the beach and watching the waves.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: o2bfree 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!!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome 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.

+10000000000

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

<3
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rosy 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElleFiji 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

Camping
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: deborah on July 09, 2017, 03:16:31 PM
It is interesting that most of these things are not only cheap - they're FREE!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Thinkum 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Footsore Rambler 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Vegasgirl on July 09, 2017, 06:05:33 PM
Just having pets and the joy they bring.  One dog, one cat, best friends. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere 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
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Lmoot 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy 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).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: 11ducks 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
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MommyCake 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: marty998 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.

*blushes*
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: dandypandys 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
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Spitfire 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: TravelJunkyQC 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Dabnasty 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: The Happy Philosopher 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)

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: SingleMomDebt 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.
Title: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy 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? :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BrandNewPapa 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: GeorgeWood 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.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hermione76 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)

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Warlord1986 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.



Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: crazy jane 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: begood 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

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Lauran75 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Thinkum 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.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Carrie 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: rachael talcott 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Loren Ver 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.


Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BTDretire 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Bird In Hand 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! (https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/cheap-things-that-make-you-happy/msg1617567/#msg1617567)

Sex.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Caoineag 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
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ambimammular 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: stashgrower on July 10, 2017, 10:42:19 PM
Nature, cat love, library, MMM forum.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Secretly Saving 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy 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! (https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/welcome-to-the-forum/cheap-things-that-make-you-happy/msg1617567/#msg1617567)

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!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy 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).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: A Definite Beta Guy 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Tris Prior 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: StarBright 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: GrumpyPenguin on July 11, 2017, 01:13:35 PM
Coffee
Library
Fruit
GF's shoulder massages when I have a headache
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Aegishjalmur 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rosy on July 11, 2017, 01:44:15 PM
You know, I think we should just keep this thread going forever ...:)

Seeing an old couple walking hand in hand and smiling at each other.

Good food - music and dancing (although, I am a terrible dancer:).

Mr. R's surprisingly sarcastic humor.

The surprise visits when my son drops by and we hang out in the garden together. Blessings:)

Creating something - I'm the happiest when I'm in the zone - writing, photographing, jewelry making, a really special dinner or designing a space/garden.

Anything that stretches the imagination - a new perspective or a new way to design and improve something.

 

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on July 11, 2017, 02:09:32 PM
You know, I think we should just keep this thread going forever ...:)

I couldn't agree more! It's so nice to pop in this thread and see all the updates of life's little pleasures :)

I'm going to add: quick healthy meals/snacks like frozen peas or chili from the freezer that I made. So nice to have something quick and nutritious when exhausted!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on July 11, 2017, 02:22:40 PM
The sound of rain at night.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Gone Fishing on July 11, 2017, 02:33:22 PM
Muscle over motor and all that, but a nice car ride through the country side or the mountains is gas well spent.  I hike and paddle plenty as well. 

A walk through my pasture can often fix what ails me.

Backrubs are mighty fine.

A dinner of homegrown meats and vegetables is very satisfying.

A clear starry night.

Wild critters.  Especially when they are catching and eating other wild critters.

Finding wild fruit or nuts.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Carrie on July 11, 2017, 03:02:21 PM
First glimpse of a full moon through the trees.
Silence.
Shooting stars.
Holding hands.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rosy on July 11, 2017, 03:42:00 PM
First glimpse of a full moon through the trees.
Silence.
Shooting stars.
Holding hands.


Yes, to silence:)
..... and that amazing feeling of inconsequence of self, when you are way out in nature with nothing but space around your insignificant self.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: golden1 on July 11, 2017, 04:40:43 PM
Love this thread.

Laughing with my daughter.

Taking a walk at lunchtime.

Listening to music and podcasts

Fresh brewed coffee I make myself.

Finishing a run.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemonde on July 11, 2017, 09:32:08 PM
Chirping at my cat and having her chirp back. :D
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: fuzzy math on July 11, 2017, 11:19:46 PM
That extra special silence when there's snow.
The feeling when you don't have anywhere to be and you choose to stay home.
Having a cup of coffee in an actual mug at home as opposed to a travel mug on the way to work.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MoonLiteNite on July 12, 2017, 02:08:41 AM
Rubik's cube; video games!

I spend 10-100$/yr on rubik's cube for the last 10 years.
Videos games 60-200$/yr over the last 10 years.

Basically, my only two hobbies are than going out to eat :D


Rubik's cube is a good internet hobby and gets me out to meet people at events.
And video games is how my friends and i love to pass the time!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Jane on July 12, 2017, 03:30:31 AM
Taking my son (2.5 y/o) out to explore the trails and pond backing to our neighborhood.
Watching him splash around in puddles on rainy days.
Helping him put his proudly picked flowers from our yard (clover and dandelion) into a little vase by the window to admire.
Toddler bear hugs.
Listening to audio books from the library while cooking.
Long talks with close friends.
Meditation
Taking time to do nothing but watch clouds on days when they are big and puffy backed by a bright blue sky.
Coffee
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: PhilB on July 12, 2017, 06:12:18 AM
Lying in bed in the early morning with the sun streaming in through the windows.
Being outside in the rain with a broad-brimmed hat.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: asauer on July 12, 2017, 06:23:01 AM
- Hiking
- when my kids put on fashion shows that combine star wars costumes with princess dresses (seriously, this is better than any sitcom)
- "shopping" at the library
- getting my meat CSA every month (ok, not cheap but my god it's like Christmas every month)
- taking a nap after my long run on Saturdays.  best.  sleep. ever.
- free tea at work.  whoever stocks the tea with 10 different kinds is an angel sent from heaven.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Lauran75 on July 12, 2017, 12:11:44 PM
Seeing a Great Horned Owl take flight in the local park.

Meeting a fellow bookaholic while walking in the park.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on July 12, 2017, 12:16:24 PM
$2 falafel in Montreal.

Baby animals.

Shoes that don't hurt (even on long walks).

Fall weather when you can wrap yourself in cozy layers.

A glass of wine with a friend.

Chocolate.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Laserjet3051 on July 12, 2017, 02:46:58 PM
Surfing. Once you get beyond buying the board and wetsuit it can be 100% absolutely free. Insiders know the free parking by the killer breaks. Hours and hours of pure ecstasy harnessing the oceans energy. Dolphins, seals, big fish, sun , surf. SO MUCH FUN.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: crispy on July 12, 2017, 06:14:17 PM
Naps
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Caoineag on July 13, 2017, 07:20:59 AM
The sound of dry leaves crunching underfoot in the fall
The smell that's in the air when spring thaw warms the ground.
Watching tree leaves dance in the wind.
Playing scrabble with my husband
Drinking a cocktail or glass of wine while puttering on projects
Reorganizing a room so its more efficient, getting rid of clutter
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: herbgeek on July 13, 2017, 02:02:13 PM
That first cup of coffee my hubby brings to bed for me.
A hot shower after working in the garden all morning, followed by a cold beer.
The smell of rain hitting hot pavement after a heat wave.
Watching the fireflies start their show just as dusk falls in.
A hike with a nice view.
The first Sungold tomatoes, sugar snap pea pods, raspberries- they never make it into the house.
Crackling fire on that first cool evening.
Late afternoon sunlight streaming in the windows.
Relaxing on the patio with a glass of wine in the late afternoon.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Aegishjalmur on July 13, 2017, 02:45:55 PM
That first cup of coffee to savor. The Pink-ish night sky you get during a heavy snowstorm. Watching the campfire flames dance. Walking into the middle of a deer herd when out walking in the woods.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: marshdesign on July 13, 2017, 06:03:54 PM
Chocolate. Anything chocolate. I get discounted organic bars wherever I find them. Sometimes I melt it in the microwave and put it on a graham cracker. So cheap and so gooooood.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: fuzzy math on July 13, 2017, 06:21:08 PM
That first chill of fall at night (when you're really sick of the summer heat, and before it gets mindnumbingly cold). I suppose the first warm spring day has that same feeling too.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: GoConfidently on July 13, 2017, 07:03:56 PM
Hiking lonely trails.

Traveling to a new place and the thrill of discovering new things.

Coffee. First or fourth cup.

Long chats on the phone with old friends.

Good podcasts.

Books.

Cold beer after mowing the grass.

Feeeling that tightness in my noodle arms after a hard workout at home.

Making the most of employer paid travel time.

Doing what I love at work and being successful at it.

Talking to interesting people.

Snuggling the babies in my life that have parents to deal with the messy/hard stuff.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Gremlin on July 13, 2017, 08:11:04 PM
Going for a run at dawn in the nearby bushland with no one but the native birds and kangaroos for company.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Anon in Alaska on July 15, 2017, 07:45:37 AM
Drinking water from my Brita pitcher (maybe $15/year for the filters).

Floating in warm water at the lake (free but seasonally limited).

Playing board games (maybe $75/year for one or two carefully chosen new games/year).

Reading books I already own (free, and I usually get rid of them afterwords).

Taking a hot shower and feeling the soothing warm water (Maybe $0.25 worth of electricity/day).


Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: GilbertB on July 15, 2017, 11:38:13 AM
Second hand paperbacks from the back of the bookstore...
Reading "Slim, The Standardbearer" for 2€.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Carrie on July 15, 2017, 05:46:23 PM
Fixing things around the house & inexpensive DIY that looks pro quality.
Making things like curtains, roman shades,  other home decor, then getting compliments knowing my only cost was fabric ( which I probably got on sale).
Homemade grilled pizza.
Compost pile - taking scraps and turning it into beautiful soil, home to many worms, makes me ridiculously happy.
Herb gardens. Something about spending $2.50 for a plant and getting enough for all of my cooking.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemonde on July 15, 2017, 07:48:57 PM
A cold shower--or more specifically, the knowledge that you can support one, and that feeling of invincibility each time you step out of one.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: thriftycanuck on July 15, 2017, 08:41:10 PM
My $10/month cell plan
My voip home phone
My homemade pizza.
My over the air HDTV Antenna for free TV.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: radram on July 15, 2017, 09:49:25 PM
About 6 months ago, I bought 10 dozen medium eggs for $0.10 per dozen. It felt so great to eat a .8 cent egg compared to the usual 6.5 cent egg.

Also had a 3 egg  $10.00 omelet at a restaurant with my wife this week. Lovely time with my wife, even if it was the financial equivalent of a 154 egg omelet :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: 10dollarsatatime on July 16, 2017, 09:44:54 AM
Watching the neighborhood wildlife (this morning it was cats, quail, and rabbits)

Seeing my giant poodles do stupid things... one just learned how to 'drink' from the sprinklers.  Meaning he stands in the spray and tries to bite it.

Waking up with a poodle lying on his back next to me in bed with his head on the pillow.  Makes me laugh every time.

Popping open a jar of something I preserved.

Making things that are ridiculously priced when buying premade (kombucha and french macarons come to mind)

Early morning walks to work through old neighborhoods.

A clean and organized house.  Doesn't happen often, but it's a great feeling when it does.

Finishing a long run.

Eating things I grew myself.

Fishing in the river near the house.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: radram on July 17, 2017, 07:49:02 AM
Listening to my wife and 2 daughters talk at 1:00 a.m. while waiting for me to go outside to try to see the northern lights. I even took longer than I needed just so I could hear them more :)

 Didn't see any, and probably wouldn't due to the large city due north, but we have had great viewings of meteor showers in the past.

Did anyone see the northern lights last night?
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BFGirl on July 17, 2017, 09:36:56 AM
Seeing bunny rabbits on walks by the lake.

Smelling the plumeria blossoms which are blooming for the first time on a cutting I rooted last year.

Thunderstorms and rain.

The beautiful plants on my patio.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: bittheory on July 17, 2017, 09:46:25 AM
Good thread. Of things that are tied to a monetary value, here's my very short list:

The smell of coffee brewing.
When the grill ignites.
Dry red wine.
Extremely hoppy beer.
Eating something out of our garden.
The feeling of cool air coming through my windows on an early summer morning.
Turning on my fireplace when it's snowing.
Skateboarding while my daughter scooters.



Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: GrumpyPenguin on July 17, 2017, 01:19:26 PM
Seeing bunny rabbits on walks by the lake.

Smelling the plumeria blossoms which are blooming for the first time on a cutting I rooted last year.

Thunderstorms and rain.

The beautiful plants on my patio.

I see some wild rabbits on walks in a neighborhood near me. They're cute little fellas.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: GrumpyPenguin on July 17, 2017, 01:21:07 PM
About 6 months ago, I bought 10 dozen medium eggs for $0.10 per dozen. It felt so great to eat a .8 cent egg compared to the usual 6.5 cent egg.

Also had a 3 egg  $10.00 omelet at a restaurant with my wife this week. Lovely time with my wife, even if it was the financial equivalent of a 154 egg omelet :)

Ha, a year or two ago I snagged a 10 lb bag of potatoes at Aldi for $1.  It was such a good deal I still talk about it now! lol.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mathlete on July 17, 2017, 01:43:41 PM
I really enjoy road-tripping and staying in cheap motels. There is something romantic about such a huge, infrastructural undertaking like the interstate highways, and the cottage industry of motels, diners, and rest stops that sprouted up so that people could travel along them.

Stopping at a $39 motel and then just staring out into the mountains or the desert or whatever I've been driving through, honestly I'm getting a buzz just thinking about it right now.

I think that this is an experience that will go away within my life too. With self-driving automobiles, we'll be able to travel all night while the "driver" just sleeps.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Vindicated on July 17, 2017, 01:53:56 PM
I love this thread.

 - Stretching out under clean sheets after a shower
 - Walking outdoors when the weather is perfectly suited for a comfy hoodie
 - Asking my 2.5yo son if he wants to see the Penguins or the Elephants first at the Zoo, then fulfilling his desire
 - Pulling my son around the neighborhood in a wagon, while he wears tiny sunglasses and grins like a mad man
 - Having a sauna to myself after a hard workout
 - Reading a book while sitting under an umbrella at the beach, feeling the breeze, smelling the sea
 - A pitch-in with friends, including board games, video games, and/or movies
 - A cup of coffee with a slice of leftover Boston Cream Cake from the pitch-in
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mathlete on July 17, 2017, 02:08:28 PM
I love this thread.

 - Stretching out under clean sheets after a shower
- Walking outdoors when the weather is perfectly suited for a comfy hoodie
 - Asking my 2.5yo son if he wants to see the Penguins or the Elephants first at the Zoo, then fulfilling his desire
 - Pulling my son around the neighborhood in a wagon, while he wears tiny sunglasses and grins like a mad man
 - Having a sauna to myself after a hard workout
 - Reading a book while sitting under an umbrella at the beach, feeling the breeze, smelling the sea
 - A pitch-in with friends, including board games, video games, and/or movies
 - A cup of coffee with a slice of leftover Boston Cream Cake from the pitch-in

Yes!!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Aegishjalmur on July 17, 2017, 03:43:04 PM
Sitting in my comfy camp chair in a state park listening to nature well reading.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Brick on July 17, 2017, 05:43:14 PM
Hiking with my wife and dogs at the river

Homemade pizza

Smell of rain

Reading blogs

Making sweet tea

One of my happy things is the word "petrichor" - "a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather."

Same. Aside from the smell, my favorite part is that it almost literally translates to "blood of stones":

Quote
Petrichor (/ˈpɛtrᵻkɔər/) is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. The word is constructed from Greek πέτρα petra, meaning "stone", and ἰχώρ īchōr, the fluid that flows in the veins of the gods in Greek mythology.

Great thread!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on July 18, 2017, 07:07:36 AM
I love this thread.

 - Stretching out under clean sheets after a shower
- Walking outdoors when the weather is perfectly suited for a comfy hoodie
 - Asking my 2.5yo son if he wants to see the Penguins or the Elephants first at the Zoo, then fulfilling his desire
 - Pulling my son around the neighborhood in a wagon, while he wears tiny sunglasses and grins like a mad man
 - Having a sauna to myself after a hard workout
 - Reading a book while sitting under an umbrella at the beach, feeling the breeze, smelling the sea
 - A pitch-in with friends, including board games, video games, and/or movies
 - A cup of coffee with a slice of leftover Boston Cream Cake from the pitch-in

Yes!!!

And to add to that, the feeling of a brand new hoodie against one's skin!!

And to add to that, the fact that people in Saskatchewan, Canada refer to hoodies as "bunny hugs" delights me to no end! :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: radram on July 18, 2017, 07:18:28 AM
Went for a late walk last night. For the first time in my life, the fog formed around me, giving the appearance of being swallowed by the fog.
Cool.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Gimesalot on July 18, 2017, 07:58:14 AM
- Feeling and hearing the crunch of freshly fallen snow underfoot
- Hearing from an old friend
- Sewing with friends and catching up on life
- when someone you care about has something good happen to them
- watching fog roll in from the Mississippi river in the fall
- watching the sunset
- glitter especially all the glitter that accumulates all over my house during Mardi Gras, I get sad when I clean it up after it's over
- making yummy food with my husband
- cat cuddles
- looking at the stars


Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: onewayfamily on July 18, 2017, 10:49:12 PM
Fresh bread hot out of the oven.

Coffee (any time).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 19, 2017, 02:56:06 AM
And to add to that, the feeling of a brand new hoodie against one's skin!!

Yes! I have a hoodie I love so much I bought a second one because I couldn't bear the idea of having to part with the first one through misadventure.

The only way to tell them apart is the softness of the fleece inside.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on July 19, 2017, 04:43:48 AM
- Watching the mountain mist disappear as the sun rises
- Listening to a wood thrush sing
- Getting cold, wet, and tired on a winter run -- then taking a warm bath
- Hearing my kids belly laugh
- Discovering some small miracle of nature right at my feet, because I took the time to look
- The smell of evergreen woods
- The smell of garden soil
Title: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: pbkmaine on July 19, 2017, 04:52:47 AM
The herbs I planted two years ago. I now have giant rosemary, oregano, Mexican tarragon, sage, mint, chive and green onion (scallion) plants that keep my kitchen permanently supplied.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Aegishjalmur on July 19, 2017, 11:56:13 AM
Walking or driving in the morning through a heavy fog where the gnarled trees covered in Spanish moss look like something out of a fairytale
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BigEasy on July 19, 2017, 04:58:03 PM

Sitting on my screen porch overlooking the moss covered cypress trees along the bayou, while having a late afternoon drink, with jazz piano rifts in the background.

 Enjoying my retirement, knowing that it was worth all the years of sacrifice to save for what I have today.

 Having good health.

 Having a loving trustworthy wife, and successful kids.

 Playing music at some cool venues with some terrific musicians, and thinking, how in the heck this happen!

 Having good friends  and family  along with wonderful social interactions and respect in the community   
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: v8rx7guy on July 19, 2017, 05:08:21 PM
Playing pickleball at the park
Teaching and watching my son learn something new
Fresh brewed coffee
Fixing something
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: jscott2135 on July 21, 2017, 09:33:40 AM
We moved to Bend OR last fall. Now we drive downtown to he Deschutes river, park for free, hop onto our tubes with the kids and float the river for free while listening to blues and jazz from the surrounding restaurants and music venues. Its incredible, the little ones love it and we have the backdrop or the Cascades. Its a resort town so a bit pricey housing wise, but there is a never ending list of free beautiful activities.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: t5inside on July 21, 2017, 10:40:39 AM
We moved to Bend OR last fall. Now we drive downtown to he Deschutes river, park for free, hop onto our tubes with the kids and float the river for free while listening to blues and jazz from the surrounding restaurants and music venues. Its incredible, the little ones love it and we have the backdrop or the Cascades. Its a resort town so a bit pricey housing wise, but there is a never ending list of free beautiful activities.

I'm incredibly jealous. I'm in Hillsboro and would relocate in a heartbeat if my employer had offices there.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on July 21, 2017, 12:02:30 PM
Picking fresh herbs and smelling them.

Getting a favourite article of clothing repaired (or doing it yourself) and having it succeed beautifully.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Thinkum on July 21, 2017, 06:46:46 PM
Writing a to-do list and getting it DONE!

Having a plan and seeing it through.

Making up my mind and finally moving forward always makes me happy and it's FREE!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: totoro on July 21, 2017, 07:10:39 PM
Wandering around the garden in bare feet picking fruit, vegetables... and weeds
Talking philosophy, FI, minimalism and science with my 18-year-old
Cuddling with the cat
Holding hands with my husband
Watching flowers and plants over a season
Having good friends over
Planning special events with family and friends
Walking around the neighbourhood in all seasons
A hug from my kids
Facetiming across continents
Writing
Talking with my best friend every day
Looking at the lake from our balcony
Watching the quail in the backyard
Lifelong friends


Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: teen persuasion on July 21, 2017, 07:16:26 PM
Picnic dinner on the hill at Shakespeare in the Park.

Concerts the kids have participated in over the years.

Memorial day parades, followed by everyone in the village respectfully listening to the Veterans' and Firemen's speeches on the Green.  Followed by a duck derby on the canal.

Fireflies at my bedroom windows.

Fred the cardinal waking me - also at my bedroom windows.

Walks along the canal footpath with DH, or walks in the nature preserve.

Scoping out beautiful old houses whenever we are driving somewhere.

When someone compliments me on a necklace I made.

Making and stretching mozzarella cheese for homemade pizza.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: vern on July 21, 2017, 07:28:01 PM
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Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: bryan995 on July 22, 2017, 06:22:24 AM
Walking (to explore  a new city/state). A benefit of switching employers every ~two years :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Lauran75 on July 27, 2017, 10:00:50 AM
Unclogging the pipe which was causing water to back up in our gutters and flood our basement.

Safely making it down the ladder from our roof in the rain.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: dreams_and_discoveries on July 27, 2017, 11:23:29 AM
My garden; total spend this year is tiny, but it's so good to spend time there and marvel how things grow. I'm a big believer in the transformative quality of nature following the seasons and seeing plants grow brings so endless pleasures. And the food isn't half bad; had berries galore, rhubarb, potatoes, lettuce, radishes and the apples, pears and courgettes are just coming into their own now.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElleFiji on July 27, 2017, 12:30:03 PM
Lying on the cool floor
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: SomedayStache on July 27, 2017, 03:27:09 PM
Finding all my kids reading a book together, or playing a board game together that they initiated
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Reacher on July 27, 2017, 05:15:49 PM
What an awesome thread. Y'all are a bunch of coffee addicts and bibliophiles.

Running

Listening to podcasts

Running while listening to podcasts

Cuddling with SO

Talking with SO

Running with SO

Hikes and bikes with the kids

Audiobooks

Dirt cheap travel (hacks, airbnb, miles, priceline (love getting $10 per day rental cars)

Mass State parks pass ($65 per year, must use 75+ times)

80s music on Amazon Prime

Camping at state parks ($17 per night) and unplugging with the family
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: andreamac on July 28, 2017, 05:53:13 PM
-Watching my little one sleep or smile (she's still working on laughing)
-Cooking healthy meals for my family
-Petting my cat
-Knitting
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on July 30, 2017, 09:50:38 PM
What an awesome thread. Y'all are a bunch of coffee addicts and bibliophiles.

...

Your user name!

Jack (none) Reacher?
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: nowseehere on July 31, 2017, 07:50:23 AM
I had a pretty frugal and productive Sunday:

Prepped chicken for SO.

Baked cookies and sent some to the neighbors.

Baked bread.

Weeded the strawberry patch and picked our first ever ripe strawberry - it was delicious!

Reorganized the basement - so much room for activities now!

Made dinner with enough leftovers for three days worth of lunches.

Had a nice bath and played video games until bedtime.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on July 31, 2017, 10:13:08 AM
+1 to homemade baking

-painting my nails
---while watching tv :)

-free or cheap community events

-buying second-hand baby clothes (like $0.50 each! And so cute!!)

-selling stuff on Facebook buy and sell, such a thrill

-doing errands on a weekday when everyone else is at work
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: 2Birds1Stone on July 31, 2017, 10:59:46 AM
Exercise

Cooking

Sex

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: dougules on August 03, 2017, 11:15:34 AM
snark
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Footsore Rambler on August 03, 2017, 12:16:30 PM
Exercise

Cooking

Sex

Especially when done simultaneously ;)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on August 03, 2017, 12:26:17 PM
Exercise

Cooking

Sex

Especially when done simultaneously ;)

Lol!

Watching comedians

Receiving a massage (either from DH or covered mostly by benefits!)

Walking in an air-conditioned mall (and usually not buying stuff)

Buying a greeting card for a huge discount because it's 5-months away from being useful

Sending mail to people I care about

Netflix

Thrift shopping $1 racks

Getting a free drink any time anywhere

Facebook messenger app helping me talk to people that live far away

Blueberry pecan waffles that my dad makes and puts in the freezer for me to eat in the middle of the night
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: StarBright on August 03, 2017, 01:08:08 PM
snark


+ 1 - well done snark is a thing of beauty.

One of my favorite co-workers bought me a mug that says "snark master" and I cherish it every time I take a sip.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: TabbyCat on August 03, 2017, 01:12:35 PM
Picking food from the garden, snagging something great on Buy Nothing, clearing out clutter (the end result, not the process!), seeing the monthly spending go down a little every month.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Aegishjalmur on August 03, 2017, 01:15:20 PM
Sleep.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: PiobStache on August 03, 2017, 03:10:49 PM
Sitting outside in my spa on a winter night.

Making music.

Making our own sausage and charcuterie.

Listening to one of the cats purr.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on August 03, 2017, 04:55:38 PM
Exercise

Cooking

Sex

Especially when done simultaneously ;)

I thought it said exercise, cookies, sex.

Still good!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rural on August 03, 2017, 05:20:49 PM
Lentils, esp. curried with spinach and a few other veggies.


Woods, and days when I don't have to go down off the mountain.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: one piece at a time on August 03, 2017, 05:38:36 PM
When you're noodling away on bass and other people join in to completely derail the purpose of the rehearsal, but you still make a joyful sound.

Neat lawn edges.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: dougules on August 04, 2017, 11:43:16 AM
snark


+ 1 - well done snark is a thing of beauty.

One of my favorite co-workers bought me a mug that says "snark master" and I cherish it every time I take a sip.

You need to put only very bitter coffee in it, though.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on August 05, 2017, 05:28:41 AM
Gardening. Sometimes cheap, sometimes free. Occasionally expensive, but it doesn't have to be.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mikila on August 05, 2017, 09:16:06 PM
Evening walks with my honey bring me great joy.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Roe on August 06, 2017, 04:34:59 AM
- Spotifys discover weekly. It's a treat four times a month!


- The MMM way and mindset. I've been worried about automation and the future, now im much more at ease. I just hope we manage to get to FIRE before any potential shit does hit the fan.


- One of my favorite feelings is when you have a few days off, and stay up so late its early. Being somewhat dizzy from the lack of sleep, seeing people in the city waking up to go to work. Knowing you can stay in your happy bubble.

Being RE would really mess with my sleeping pattern.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: steviesterno on August 06, 2017, 06:23:58 AM
sitting on the couch rubbing the dog's ears while wife and baby are sleeping. I get to read whatever I want, and it's probably the only quiet we'll today get with an 18 month old.

said 18 month old trying words on for size or making up his own.

watching him flap one arm like crazy and yell "hummy!" when there is a hummingbird at the feeder.

speaking of, the monitor just lit up. pretty excited for the hug I get getting him out of the crib, and I'm always enjoying his first words of the day. typically "book?" "DOGGY!" or 'nack (breakfast time!)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on August 06, 2017, 01:48:44 PM
Sleeping in my own bed after a three week vacation.

When we left on vacation we had some strawberry bushes with green strawberries. When we got back 3 weeks later there were still red strawberries to be found. Enough for 2 portions.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: SweetLife on August 07, 2017, 07:01:32 AM
Sitting on our front porch, listening to the baby laugh and play
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: FrugalFisherman10 on August 07, 2017, 07:14:04 AM
Peaches.

This thread is awesome! I've kinda been avoiding it for some reason, thinking it may have some negative undertones...don't know where I got that! I'm so encouraged and uplifted hearing these... almost to tears at all the mentions of people's children and their "hugs", "smiles", laughter, "speech"...crazy how much those can be enjoyed even when they are young still 'trying them on for size'! And the mention of intellectual conversation with your 18 y/o is soo cool too.

Not a parent yet, not even close
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: GenXbiker on August 07, 2017, 07:26:20 AM
Biking

Counting my money, doing calculations for FIRE, etc.

Actually, many things.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on August 07, 2017, 08:01:30 AM
Peaches.

This thread is awesome! I've kinda been avoiding it for some reason, thinking it may have some negative undertones...don't know where I got that! I'm so encouraged and uplifted hearing these... almost to tears at all the mentions of people's children and their "hugs", "smiles", laughter, "speech"...crazy how much those can be enjoyed even when they are young still 'trying them on for size'! And the mention of intellectual conversation with your 18 y/o is soo cool too.

Not a parent yet, not even close

Sometimes I "save up" the updates in this thread so I can read a whole bunch of feel-good statements! The contributions never fail to lift my spirits :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on August 07, 2017, 08:03:57 AM
When DH makes me dinner (beyond restaurant-quality!)

Kraft dinner (sorry, not sorry!)

Lanolin (yeah I'm a new mom)

The fall season and wearing layers

Gas station candy - like one $0.25 big twizzler once in a blue moon
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on August 07, 2017, 08:06:43 AM
Painting my nails

Netflix and chill (currently enjoying GLOW)

Talking on the phone to friends or family - a good catchup session.

Wearing soft fabrics. Like a really good cotton tshirts or a cashmere... ahhh

Hot showers. Hot baths.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Sister C on August 07, 2017, 06:31:31 PM
Morning cuddles with my 14 month old.  We nurse a little, snuggle a bunch and rough house.  He has the best laugh.

Walking to work with my wife, baby and dog.  I am incredibly lucky, and I feel incredibly lucky most mornings.

Spending time in the garden.

A weekend nap.  This one is amazing.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: pbkmaine on August 07, 2017, 09:27:03 PM
Making a delicious meal from things in the refrigerator.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: sequoia on August 08, 2017, 09:48:53 PM
We have a small garden, and been picking veggies in the past few summers. We mostly have cucumber, tomatoes, bell peppers and some spices that my wife planted.

We harvested a good size melon today - our first ever, so that made our day!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Caoineag on August 09, 2017, 07:29:06 AM
Hearing a stream or waterfall gurgle and bubble
Seeing a field of wild flowers with the attendant butterflies all fluttering around
Watching a swarm of bees come off a bush they have all been feeding on
Watching the clouds pass overhead and cast shadows on the ground
Having my pug sing to me while I give him scritchies
Coming across an odonate (dragonfly/damselfly) coloration that I either haven't seen before or see rarely
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElleFiji on August 09, 2017, 07:51:22 AM
A solid night of sleep
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on August 09, 2017, 12:15:13 PM
A solid night of sleep


^^^ this ^^^ It is such a seldom thing to happen for me.

Or a good, clear night of sky watching followed by sleeping out. ;-) That is also a seldom thing when you are dependent on doing this during the weekend. Clear skies are always on Sunday night.

Which brings to the cheap things that make you happy... After you have invested into a telescope and all the extra's that you need, sitting outside a night beside your own house, watching the sky, does not cost anything extra and makes me very happy and relaxed. Cheaper solution: go to some astronomy event and look through other people's scopes. Or buy a set second hand.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: dougules on August 31, 2017, 10:24:49 AM
A solid night of sleep

+1 (thread reboot attempt)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Gunny on August 31, 2017, 10:36:15 AM
Being able to pick my son up after cross-country every day.  Going fishing in the middle of the week and being the only person at the boat ramp.  Mowing my yard on Wednesday morning.  Binge watching my new favorite program in the middle of the afternoon. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Caoineag on August 31, 2017, 11:06:24 AM
this thread
mornings where we don't have to get up immediately and we slowly stretch and lounge in bed far longer than necessary
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on August 31, 2017, 01:27:10 PM
Hand-me-downs of baby clothes!!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mmm_Donuts 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
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElleFiji on September 01, 2017, 11:52:24 AM
tents
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Caoineag 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on September 01, 2017, 03:50:19 PM
Hammocks

Internet

Blackberries on the side of the road
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: dreams_and_discoveries 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: soccerluvof4 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mc6 on September 02, 2017, 05:49:43 AM
Yoga.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: farfromfire on September 02, 2017, 08:00:06 AM
hiking
climbing
drinking cheaply
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: TartanTallulah 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: dreams_and_discoveries 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!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: NorthernDreamer 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: AnnaGrowsAMustache 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!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rural on September 06, 2017, 07:49:06 PM
Hummingbirds.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zinethstache 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!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: expatartist 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!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mrblitz 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Noodle 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: FIRE Artist 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Spiffsome 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on September 08, 2017, 01:52:30 AM
Calculating my net worth.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Finallyunderstand 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HipGnosis 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Thinkum 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!

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: FIRE Artist on September 09, 2017, 06:15:06 AM
Free showing of Casablanca, complete with free popcorn at the local art house cinema.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Footsore Rambler 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
 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy 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 :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: trix76 on September 10, 2017, 02:37:52 AM
Tacos.


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Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Footsore Rambler 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!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on September 12, 2017, 05:07:09 PM
Non-apple brand lighting chargers
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere 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. >.<
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy 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 :)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170912/8fea8d71968d730a1c3aa321993bf5c3.jpg)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy 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
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: AnnaGrowsAMustache 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.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hula Hoop 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
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Aegishjalmur on September 13, 2017, 03:45:09 PM
Sharing a bottle of wine at home w/ DW.
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Post by: ElleFiji on September 13, 2017, 07:18:56 PM
Oranged
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Post by: PtboEliz 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 :) :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: AccidentalMiser 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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Post by: BeautifulDay 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.

Libraries

Doggie snuggles
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Carrie 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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Post by: Rowellen on September 16, 2017, 03:48:48 PM
Fire and fairy lights.
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Post by: lifejoy on September 16, 2017, 10:05:18 PM
Fire and fairy lights.

Gorgeous. Looks peaceful &lt;3
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Post by: EscapeVelocity2020 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. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway 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.
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Post by: pbkmaine on September 17, 2017, 05:50:58 PM
Today a trip with two friends in our local forest fouraging for mushrooms. We ate homemade sandwiches for lunch. No money spent today.

Linda, how did you learn to tell the edible ones from the poisonous ones?
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Prairie Gal on September 17, 2017, 09:28:26 PM
Long weekends

Leisurely Saturday mornings in my PJ's with a mug of tea.

Skyping with my kids.

Pinterest

Photography
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on September 18, 2017, 05:24:17 AM
Today a trip with two friends in our local forest fouraging for mushrooms. We ate homemade sandwiches for lunch. No money spent today.

Linda, how did you learn to tell the edible ones from the poisonous ones?

I starting simple with a mushroom book and learning 1 or 2 new species per year, go out in the forest a lot and pick them a lot. Double checking with book, internet, and preferably another person. Then you'll get very good and certain at these species. I did this for about 14 years.

Last year when I knew about 15 species, I did a 40 hour course (two weekends from Friday evening to Sunday evening) to learn the 120 most common species (edible and poisonous). The course was very reasonably priced. It was difficult to absorb all the information on the course, as I new so little to start with. The whole winter I studied the course book several times and read about the same species in other mushroom books.
The whole summer and autumn I have been offered and attended several free repetition courses where we go out to pick and discuss the findings with an expert afterwards. From June on I have spent most of my free time in the weekends searching for mushrooms and trying to give determine their names afterwards.
We have a facebook group for people like me where we lay out pictures as exercices and we need to provide the name and a good description. There are experts and a biology teacher in the group who correct us.
Tomorrow morning I will do an official test. If I pass that test I will be allowed to officially check other people's mushroom baskets. I think that will become my little hussle as you can actually receive some tax free money (approx 1100 USD/year) for manning the public "have your mushroom basket checked" events on Sunday afternoon, or for manning the digital app where people can send in pictures of their findings on their phone, or for giving guided mushroom tours. I was already invited as an assistant for such a tour, but was on vacation at that point.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HipGnosis on September 18, 2017, 06:39:33 AM
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 use to travel a lot for work.  I found that thick (wide?) bright / neon yarn can be tied to small things that might be left behind and takes up virtually no room in a bag.   The more expensive the thing, the longer the piece of yarn I put on it.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HipGnosis on September 18, 2017, 06:58:54 AM
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 :)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170912/8fea8d71968d730a1c3aa321993bf5c3.jpg)
I had problems with earbuds breaking.  And some of them cost way more than charger cables.  I bought some liquid goop that is for repairing the coating on dishwasher racks.  It goes on thick and dries stiff - neither to rigid or flexible.    I haven't had earbuds break where I put the coating on.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MoMan on September 18, 2017, 07:49:22 AM
Fixing anything that is broken:
DW wanted to toss out my 25 yr. old vac a couple of times but I keep resuscitating it with replacement parts or self-manufactured parts.
Also fixed our ancient oven a couple of times before it gave up the ghost
Just fixed a recalcitrant Dremel tool that I tried to sell at a yard sale. Man that felt good!

Using (or seeing others use) anything I built myself (sailboat, canoe, chairs, kids wagon, cutting boards, futon and too many others to list here).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on September 18, 2017, 07:51:49 AM
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 :)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170912/8fea8d71968d730a1c3aa321993bf5c3.jpg)
I had problems with earbuds breaking.  And some of them cost way more than charger cables.  I bought some liquid goop that is for repairing the coating on dishwasher racks.  It goes on thick and dries stiff - neither to rigid or flexible.    I haven't had earbuds break where I put the coating on.

Cool tip!!
Title: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: pbkmaine on September 18, 2017, 08:41:24 AM
Today a trip with two friends in our local forest fouraging for mushrooms. We ate homemade sandwiches for lunch. No money spent today.

Linda, how did you learn to tell the edible ones from the poisonous ones?

I starting simple with a mushroom book and learning 1 or 2 new species per year, go out in the forest a lot and pick them a lot. Double checking with book, internet, and preferably another person. Then you'll get very good and certain at these species. I did this for about 14 years...

Tomorrow morning I will do an official test. If I pass that test I will be allowed to officially check other people's mushroom baskets. I think that will become my little hussle as you can actually receive some tax free money (approx 1100 USD/year) for manning the public "have your mushroom basket checked" events on Sunday afternoon, or for manning the digital app where people can send in pictures of their findings on their phone, or for giving guided mushroom tours. I was already invited as an assistant for such a tour, but was on vacation at that point.

Very interesting, thanks! I have noticed that foraging for mushrooms is a weekend hobby for some of my European friends, and I was curious.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on September 27, 2017, 08:46:27 AM
Sleep. Getting enough of sleep.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElleFiji on September 27, 2017, 08:27:42 PM
Tacos.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on September 28, 2017, 12:49:37 AM
Sleep. Getting enough of sleep.

+1!
It's a pity that this is so challenging to do on normal working days. But I've learned to go to bed pretty early (around 10pm) so that I can get my 8 hours of netto sleep.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on September 28, 2017, 04:04:23 AM
- Going to bed really early (like 8:30)

- Getting up early and having the quiet world to myself for a couple hours. I do my best thinking early in the morning, and I feel the happiest. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Thinkum on September 28, 2017, 11:40:34 AM

- Getting up early and having the quiet world to myself for a couple hours. I do my best thinking early in the morning, and I feel the happiest.

Indeed, to add to this, I feel an almost limitless optimism in the early AM.

Walking to get errands done rather than getting in my car.

Drinking my homemade cold brew coffee

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Aegishjalmur on October 02, 2017, 01:56:09 PM
Boondocking/dispersed camping out in the woods.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElleFiji on October 02, 2017, 02:49:44 PM
space heaters. Okay, not cheap when it's my electricity. But well loved anyway
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mc6 on October 02, 2017, 05:43:43 PM
My neti pot was cheap and makes me happy. 
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Post by: radtek2112 on October 02, 2017, 06:22:50 PM
Boxed wine. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on October 02, 2017, 07:56:44 PM
space heaters. Okay, not cheap when it's my electricity. But well loved anyway

I'm going to add heating pads and heated blankets to the mix. When you need 'em, they're AMAZING.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on October 03, 2017, 03:13:06 AM
Netflix!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Lews Therin on October 03, 2017, 06:03:32 AM
Butternut Squash "pottage". Delicious and costs pretty much nothing
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on October 03, 2017, 06:33:35 AM
Buying my free Kindle book from the Samsung book deal on my phone. I can choose from 4 books every month. Usually only 1-2 sound interesting. I send them to my Kindle and read them there, as I don't like reading a book on a phone.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: reformingSucka on October 03, 2017, 02:53:08 PM
walking into a warm space from the cold.
microwaving my homemade frozen meal (like lentil soup), and the satisfaction of knowing that I just finished "cooking" dinner
watching hummingbirds outside the window
walking outdoors around the neighborhood and catching a cool breeze
watching autumn leaves fall
sitting outside and listening to the rustle of tress and the chirping of birds
taking deep breaths and resetting to the gratitude of being alive
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Aegishjalmur on October 03, 2017, 02:55:30 PM
homemade pumpkin doughnuts and mulled hot apple cider. perfect for the first cold weekend of fall.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: moof on October 03, 2017, 03:00:57 PM
Figuring out a new recipe for the repertoire.  I get a good sense of accomplishment coupled with tasty results, double win.

Played around with braised pork shoulder with roasted carrots and sweet potatoes.  Pork shoulder is just over $2/lb and I was every bit as happy with the results as when we did a beef pot roast for 3x more.  Spent about $15 on a big batch with 5 lbs of meat that covered 3 meals for 3 people, and made 4 lunches.  Really good paired with a almost no-kneed loaf for sopping up juices with.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Thinkum on October 03, 2017, 09:26:27 PM
Learning something interesting.
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Post by: pbkmaine on October 03, 2017, 10:16:15 PM
Oatmeal made with pumpkin pie spice and topped with a banana.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: SingleMomDebt on October 03, 2017, 10:49:00 PM
My squeeze bottle that holds my cooking oil.
My plastic avocado gadget.
A $1.25 kid’s scoop of ice cream on Tuesdays.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on October 04, 2017, 05:30:46 AM
Doing small repairs/improvements of your house by yourself. Like painting something that needs paint.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Vegasgirl on October 04, 2017, 07:36:08 AM
Brushing my dog
Walking the neighborhood - especially once the weather gets cooler
Finding/Picking hidden veggies from the garden
Reading
Doing puzzles
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: norabird on October 04, 2017, 08:07:21 AM
Nice question LJ! BOOKS! And Netflix (the only service I pay for but I loop in the others which let me watch One Mississippi or Bojack Horseman or Younger or whatever I am slowly enjoying). And choir, which is $100 for a 4.5 month season. Movies, which I go to free. Pay what you will museum nights. Walking in the park. The subway (so many people co-existing). Walking around Brooklyn. Someone mentioned blankets so I'll say throws, they make me so cozy (I am usually cold). My plants even though I don't take super good care of them! Cat and jungalow accounts on instagram. The $2.50 empanadas from the empanada cart...
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BeardedMustache on October 04, 2017, 02:56:06 PM
Listening to my children laugh together when they are playing nicely together.

This.

There's nothing like the sound of their giggles when they're having fun together. Makes me smile just thinking about it.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: elaine amj on October 04, 2017, 03:04:11 PM
Hiking. I just met someone recently and we got to talking about the places we like to travel to. After a bit, she commented that pretty much every place I talked about included the word, "hiking". I may just be a wee bit obsessed.

I'd also like a lot of other outdoor activities - but really avoid getting into activities that cost money. Other than canoeing. That's my other obsession.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: elaine amj on October 04, 2017, 03:07:10 PM
Listening to my children laugh together when they are playing nicely together.

This.

There's nothing like the sound of their giggles when they're having fun together. Makes me smile just thinking about it.

The best sound in the world!! :) Only to be topped by the whole family laughing together.

I also extend that goodwill outside my family circle. I know people often grumble about noisy kids, annoying teens or whatever. If they're smiling and laughing, the noise never bothers me and never fails to make me smile.
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Post by: BeardedMustache on October 04, 2017, 03:58:04 PM
I'll add:

Something that happens on this forum all the time, and something I saw first-hand during the recent hurricanes: people helping people
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: jim555 on October 04, 2017, 04:31:55 PM
Today a trip with two friends in our local forest fouraging for mushrooms. We ate homemade sandwiches for lunch. No money spent today.

Linda, how did you learn to tell the edible ones from the poisonous ones?

I starting simple with a mushroom book and learning 1 or 2 new species per year, go out in the forest a lot and pick them a lot. Double checking with book, internet, and preferably another person. Then you'll get very good and certain at these species. I did this for about 14 years.

Last year when I knew about 15 species, I did a 40 hour course (two weekends from Friday evening to Sunday evening) to learn the 120 most common species (edible and poisonous). The course was very reasonably priced. It was difficult to absorb all the information on the course, as I new so little to start with. The whole winter I studied the course book several times and read about the same species in other mushroom books.
The whole summer and autumn I have been offered and attended several free repetition courses where we go out to pick and discuss the findings with an expert afterwards. From June on I have spent most of my free time in the weekends searching for mushrooms and trying to give determine their names afterwards.
We have a facebook group for people like me where we lay out pictures as exercices and we need to provide the name and a good description. There are experts and a biology teacher in the group who correct us.
Tomorrow morning I will do an official test. If I pass that test I will be allowed to officially check other people's mushroom baskets. I think that will become my little hussle as you can actually receive some tax free money (approx 1100 USD/year) for manning the public "have your mushroom basket checked" events on Sunday afternoon, or for manning the digital app where people can send in pictures of their findings on their phone, or for giving guided mushroom tours. I was already invited as an assistant for such a tour, but was on vacation at that point.
Do the blue/green bruising ones go into the special pile for later use to watch the northern lights on?
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on October 05, 2017, 01:45:09 AM
Doing small repairs/improvements of your house by yourself. Like painting something that needs paint.

Or coming home late in the evening from a board meeting to find that DH has painted the fireplace that needed painting.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: kei te pai on October 05, 2017, 01:46:30 AM
I looked after a deliciously cuddly and happy baby for the day. He always makes me happy too.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on October 05, 2017, 02:13:43 AM
Getting to know my neighbours.
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Post by: lifejoy on October 06, 2017, 08:44:38 PM
A picnic on a beautiful day. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171007/636ccc29ddfd8bf71a3acaace69e504b.jpg)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: koshtra on October 06, 2017, 09:11:20 PM
Poetry. You can read all the wonderful poetry you want totally for free. And this is the golden age of poetry reading, in America, because poetry is so obscure that you can strike up friendships with your favorite poets. Honest, you just find them online and email them to say, "Goddamn this was an excellent poem, I loved this, and these lines have just been ringing in my mind for days!" and they WRITE BACK TO YOU and say thanks, I wasn't sure about this part, did that work? And you say, you bet, but what the hell was that wheelbarrow doing in that other part? And you're off.

This is not the way it works in more popular arts -- you're probably not going to be making friends with your favorite recording artist or film director any time soon -- but it's how it works in poetry.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: stashgrower on October 07, 2017, 12:11:39 AM
being outdoors, walking, reading library books
Title: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on October 07, 2017, 12:53:01 AM
Poetry. You can read all the wonderful poetry you want totally for free. And this is the golden age of poetry reading, in America, because poetry is so obscure that you can strike up friendships with your favorite poets. Honest, you just find them online and email them to say, "Goddamn this was an excellent poem, I loved this, and these lines have just been ringing in my mind for days!" and they WRITE BACK TO YOU and say thanks, I wasn't sure about this part, did that work? And you say, you bet, but what the hell was that wheelbarrow doing in that other part? And you're off.

This is not the way it works in more popular arts -- you're probably not going to be making friends with your favorite recording artist or film director any time soon -- but it's how it works in poetry.

Wow, that is so true! I never thought about that. I always focus on the fact that I can't own the Mona Lisa but I can own the works of Shakespeare. How is the written word so damn affordable and often free? Amazing. :D
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Blissful Biker on October 07, 2017, 11:34:17 AM
Being out on the trails in the crisp fall air with my trusty canine companion.
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Post by: 10dollarsatatime on October 07, 2017, 07:14:08 PM
Homemade lattes. (green tea or chai)
Sitting by the river, chatting with a friend.
Walking the dogs.
Fall hikes.

...All of those things at the same time.  Basically heaven.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on October 08, 2017, 12:05:18 PM
In October, in approx 15 degrees C, while there is quite a cold wind, sitting out of the wind in the afternoon sun outside my house. Cleaning the mushrooms I found, while the birds are relaxed doing their thing in the tree beside me.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Misstachian on October 08, 2017, 01:15:03 PM
space heaters. Okay, not cheap when it's my electricity. But well loved anyway

I'm going to add heating pads and heated blankets to the mix. When you need 'em, they're AMAZING.

Dual-zoned heated mattress pad! (So good for the marriage.) And the room doesn't need to be kept as warm if I can get into a toasty bed.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Free Spirit on October 08, 2017, 09:38:01 PM
Quote

Dual-zoned heated mattress pad! (So good for the marriage.) And the room doesn't need to be kept as warm if I can get into a toasty bed.

I LOVE our dual heated mattress pad! The problem is being so cozy that I don't wanna get out of bed. ;)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on October 09, 2017, 12:49:23 AM
Quote

Dual-zoned heated mattress pad! (So good for the marriage.) And the room doesn't need to be kept as warm if I can get into a toasty bed.

I LOVE our dual heated mattress pad! The problem is being so cozy that I don't wanna get out of bed. ;)

I love it too. I just forgot to put it on last time I changed the sheets. It is now laying in the bedroom to put on at the next occasion which will be soon. We only turn it on 45 minutes before bedtime or so.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Chranstronaut on October 09, 2017, 09:55:02 AM
Babybel cheese -- and squishing the wax cover after I eat one!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Free Spirit on October 09, 2017, 09:58:00 AM
Babybel cheese -- and squishing the wax cover after I eat one!

That reminds me, I get way too much enjoyment out of bubble wrap.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Aegishjalmur on November 01, 2017, 11:25:33 AM
Having the house to just myself and DW on a long weekend. Seriously, the older I get, the less I tolerate other people in my space, my wife is the only one who doesn't trigger the nails on chalkboard stress feel.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on November 01, 2017, 12:13:38 PM
Having the house to just myself and DW on a long weekend. Seriously, the older I get, the less I tolerate other people in my space, my wife is the only one who doesn't trigger the nails on chalkboard stress feel.

I can relate. The next three days I will be home alone and I'm looking foreward to it. Especially because it is just for a couple of days.
Next week my DH will be home alone for three days.

What I have trouble with is spending the whole day with my colleagues. This was the case last week when we had an event in a hotel. I managed to get an hour of private time in my room.
Next week I will see my colleagues three days and having breakfast, lunch and dinner with them. I hope I will be able to find some time for myself in between. Maybe a little walk in the parc before the conference starts.

Small thing that make me happy is to check off a task in my Doit app. Great to get things finished.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Aegishjalmur on November 01, 2017, 12:50:58 PM
Having the house to just myself and DW on a long weekend. Seriously, the older I get, the less I tolerate other people in my space, my wife is the only one who doesn't trigger the nails on chalkboard stress feel.

I can relate. The next three days I will be home alone and I'm looking foreward to it. Especially because it is just for a couple of days.
Next week my DH will be home alone for three days.

What I have trouble with is spending the whole day with my colleagues. This was the case last week when we had an event in a hotel. I managed to get an hour of private time in my room.
Next week I will see my colleagues three days and having breakfast, lunch and dinner with them. I hope I will be able to find some time for myself in between. Maybe a little walk in the parc before the conference starts.

Small thing that make me happy is to check off a task in my Doit app. Great to get things finished.

I eat at my desk well working and then use my lunch break to go for a walk outside to get some alone time at work and help unwind and get exercise. It keeps me sane(r).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on November 01, 2017, 04:25:32 PM
Having the house to just myself and DW on a long weekend. Seriously, the older I get, the less I tolerate other people in my space, my wife is the only one who doesn't trigger the nails on chalkboard stress feel.

God yes.

I had about six weekends in a row where we stayed with friends, then had people stay with us, then had several weekends of multiple functions. I was so worn out by the end of it I spent a day inside, blinds shut, watching Netflix. Usually I will potter around, ironing or cooking or working on my laptop, but this was just a pile of cushions and me wrapped in a blanket. It sounds lazy but it was so restorative.

It's something I'm trying to keep in mind, as you say, as I get older. I look at my diary and think, I could catch up with Friend A over lunch then Friend B over dinner, but I know I'm likely to be done with people after lunch, so it's better for everyone if I leave some space in my schedule.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: dandypandys on November 03, 2017, 06:39:19 AM
Today's fun for free is going to a nice place to do birdwatching! It is fall migration still here in FL..
We check on ebird.org and see where the hotspots are in our area. Love that site.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: albireo13 on November 03, 2017, 07:04:42 AM
It's amazing how easily and quickly people lay claim to your time and weekends.  While it's fun to see people and socialize,
I'm not into the non-stop getting together with friends and family.

  I can be quite happy by myself doing something stimulating, intellectual, or just plain outdoorsy.
Some folks seem to get lonely if they're by themselves for more than 6 hours!
Beware of becoming very close to people like that.  They will be constantly calling you and dropping in .... working to make themselves your top priority.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mrs. D. on November 03, 2017, 09:42:35 PM
Feeling my baby girl wiggle inside me (I'm 32 weeks pregnant)
How much joy my 2 year old gets from examining the canister of kitchen utensils
Keeping track of the mpg on the Prius we just purchased (okay, the car wasn't cheap but the gas is!)
Netflix, YouTube, PBS
Homemade gluten free corn bread muffins
When my son takes a good long nap (and I get to sneak one in as well)
FitnessBlender
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on November 04, 2017, 02:21:47 AM
Having a really slow paced breakfast. Enjoing the nice view from the window, watching the birds, reading the online newpaper, surfing on this forum, making plans for the day.

Sometimes I do this on a weekday as well and use 20 minutes extra for my breakfast. It gives me a moment of relaxation at the start of the day.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on November 04, 2017, 02:39:06 AM
Seeds or seedlings for my garden!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on November 04, 2017, 01:27:49 PM
Working in the garden on a sunny day, then enjoying a cold beer with my SO afterwards as we survey our handiwork.

Totally agree on a weekend at home by ourselves - I love having guests but I need my alone time!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on November 04, 2017, 03:23:54 PM
Working on product photography and documenting the jewellery I own! It's free fun and helps me not buy more.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Blindsquirrel on November 06, 2017, 05:19:51 PM
   A fat fuzzy purring cat on my lap. Makes me happy.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: GreenEggs on November 06, 2017, 06:02:53 PM
Looking for images in the clouds, or in other places that they sometimes hide.

Bird watching.  I especially like crows, humming birds, woodpeckers, any soaring birds.

Fish watching from a pier.  I enjoy feeding them too, & occasionally catch a few. 

Having bonfires.

Getting creative with leftovers. 

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ACyclist on November 06, 2017, 07:26:53 PM
Having coffee in the morning with no particular hurry.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: a-scho on November 06, 2017, 07:49:41 PM
1. Finding severely discounted candy after the holidays/close to the sell by date. This also falls under the MPP category. Many times I have to stop myself from buying more than a couple of bags of "snack size" candy for .50 a bag because I already have a few other bags still uneaten.
2. Getting a compliment from a complete stranger on purse/piece of clothing I'm wearing. I'm proud to respond that I got it at a thrift store for a dollar!!
 2a. Them not cringing at where the item came from.
3. Getting "free item" emails from Starbucks, Peet's, Krispy Kreme, Raising Cane's, Auntie Anne's pretzels, etc. for my birthday.
4. How good I feel after a good nights rest.
5. Buying a responsible amount of vegetables.
 5a. Actually eating all the vegetables.
  5b. Actually enjoying the vegetables.
   5c. enough to purchase, cook, and eat again in the near future.....not, like, years later ;) I just found out that I enjoy cauliflower and cheese(it's like mac and cheese) way more than any other method of eating it.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Lmoot on November 07, 2017, 04:16:07 AM
- learning about things of interest to me, or things that make my job easier/more engaging
- nature...even just walking on the rough brick in the backyard, barefoot, on one of my work breaks
- training and interacting with my "flock" (parrots)
- interior design and architecture (ok this can be expensive, but I get a lot of pleasure just sketching or typing out inspirations, collecting photos etc)
- driving around neighborhoods in the morning and late afternoon, looking at houses, and how other people in the community live. I especially feel peaceful driving through farming/ homestead communities. Sometimes one of my parrots comes along for the ride
- life-mapping and goal setting.  I have a huge whiteboard in my room that has a Calendar on it but also plenty of space for writing little notes to myself. I like to set mini goals and put down things I want to accomplish this year or eventually.
- helping my grandmother in her garden
- movie nights with my mom and siblings
- planning trips we'll probably never take (at least in the near future), with the old "gang". Families, schedules, and distance has kept us from being able to all meet together at once. But it's fun to exchange vacation  ideas.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Helvegen on November 08, 2017, 06:12:29 AM
Hummingbird feeder.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: APowers on November 08, 2017, 10:22:12 PM
Fresh homemade bread. I love bread. If we didn't have a child whose is gluten-free, I would make bread WAY more often.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: surfhb on November 08, 2017, 11:02:24 PM
Sitting with my girl under an umbrella, at Dog Beach, with a cold Sculpin after a good surf. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ACyclist on November 09, 2017, 09:07:00 PM
Good music in my headphones on a bike ride.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Caoineag on November 10, 2017, 07:32:53 AM
Home make stock.  Save the bones.  Mellenianials...you did not invent soup stock...(which is what bone broth is...sorry..you did not discover 3000 year old cooking techniques).

I love homemade stock as well. I did however have to learn how to make it because no one in my family made it. I suspect a lot of the "make things from scratch" movement has to do with a lot of families having already lost these recipes and techniques and thanks to the internet, we can find them again. I know our oldest recipes only go back 3 generations. Due to a sick childhood my grandmother didn't learn to cook until she was 28 and newly married so we have definitely been working to rebuild our ability to cook. At least I started with knowledge from my mother and grandmother. My husband didn't learn to cook anything until after he started dating me. My husband's mother also had to experiment with her mother's recipes until she could make them again because only the ingredient list, not the recipe had been written down.

Online recipes make me happy. Being able to learn at a moment's notice how to make that dish I am craving is absolutely wonderful.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: DumpTruck on November 10, 2017, 10:17:02 AM
The healthy sautee is my new joy! I started doing this earlier this year, and have not cooked with any oil since. Only using raw oil - EVOO and cold pressed coconut

A thin layer of vegitable broth in a pan, with any vegitable. Heat is on med-low, once the broth starts to steam, add the vegetables and cover, cook for about 5 minutes.

I've been doing home grown beets in that with salt and pepper and little lemon juice. So good! The delicate flavors of each vegetable standing in their own right.

Had broccoli out of my garden for the first time this year. So delicious! Raw, the home grown broccoli has this amazing sweet taste up front, with a spicy note and an earthy slightly bitter finish. Really amazing how much flavor my home grown had vs the grocery store.

Also grew carrots that were amazing.

I've been doing so much with ginger lately. After a healthy sautee of a vegetable medly - adding a homemade peanut sauce. It's so bomb!!!!

Fresh ginger, finely minced, freshly ground peanuts, tamari, fruit vinegar or rice vinegar, at least 7 cloves of fresh garlic, EV olive oil, garlic chili paste, and filtered water to the consistency you want. You put this on top of the vegitables, add some beans and rice. WOWWWWW it's so good. And so inexpensive!


Grr the pic i am trying to insert is coming through massive sized, what the heck. I'll just link the URL
https://imgur.com/a/lorET


Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: TheWifeHalf on November 10, 2017, 10:59:37 AM
My back yard right now. I love the green and flowers of spring, the different flowers of summer but oh, autumn.
All the colors of the trees and plants touched by a hint of frost!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: GreenEggs on November 10, 2017, 08:39:04 PM
Bonfires are great.

I've been limbing up a lot of old oaks & instead of hauling the limbs to the curb in reasonable size piles each week I decided to have a few bonfires.  The place is on a lake with a wonderful view to the West.  My wife & I go over just before sunset and with a few beers & some simple snacks.  It's been really nice.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Tick-Tock on November 12, 2017, 09:35:54 AM
The library.  So many different books to read!  And if my local library doesn't have something specific that I want, they can get it through Interlibrary Loan.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: TheWifeHalf on November 12, 2017, 12:07:53 PM
$20 for a bag of daffodil bulbs.
Yellow flowers in April/May and the ability to divide them in the fall. I've been doing this since 1981 and last year I counted 186 daffodils in my yard.
It makes me very happy
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Dicey on November 13, 2017, 07:05:27 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.
I do this too! Our bathroom floors are stone, and the bathroom entry is merely an arch to the bedroom. There's radiant heat in the floor, but it's expensive and silly, so hairdryer to the rescue! I set mine on a non-skid pad and aim it towards my towel. It warms the towel and the air in the room. Nice!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Zoot on November 13, 2017, 10:40:22 AM
Making cookies.

Cookies, and the making thereof, have become my concentrated, encapsulated, personal symbol of FIRE.  It's what I tell myself I will do, and have TIME to do, once we hit FIRE.

My company is going through a divestiture right now and people's jobs will be changing or getting eliminated.  I have not yet learned whether I'm on the chopping block or not, but I don't actually think I much care about how it turns out--so this weekend, for the first time in more years than I can count, I made cookies.  It was WONDERFUL--and they were DELICIOUS.

Come to think of it, a nice severance package or retention bonus would be awesome.  So I guess "losing my job" can also go on the list of cheap things that make me happy.  ;-)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: sequoia on November 13, 2017, 10:57:24 AM
Got a new tool box, and was trying to figure out a cheap material to use to line the drawers. I then remember that I saved some laminate material from last year when we re-do the flooring at one of our rental. Free, and if these get dirty, I can just cut up some new ones.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on November 13, 2017, 04:20:09 PM
Tea lights in salsa jars.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElleFiji on November 13, 2017, 08:38:32 PM
The European grocery store had boxes of truffles on sale for 2.75

I am so happy. I might buy some as gifts, but they are perfect snacks
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Dicey on November 13, 2017, 10:48:25 PM
Got a new tool box, and was trying to figure out a cheap material to use to line the drawers. I then remember that I saved some laminate material from last year when we re-do the flooring at one of our rental. Free, and if these get dirty, I can just cut up some new ones.
Another cheap option is to grab a roll of non-skid shelf liner at your nearest Dollar Store. Has the added benefits of well, non-skid, but also dampens sound, which is kinda nice, and it's super easy to cut to fit. I know they sell it, because in my pre-FIRE days, I used to sell it to them by the truckload. Made a lotta money that way.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Astatine on November 13, 2017, 11:12:38 PM
Going to one of the lakeside parks, sitting there and watching all the water birds. I always feel calm next to the lake (it's a man-made lake but doesn't matter).

Following cute animal accounts on social media.

Sitting on the couch with DH and cat in peaceful silence. (ok, silence isn't always guaranteed because someone small and furry often has to tell us aaaaall about her day of napping and grooming and eating and napping etc)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: FenderBender on November 14, 2017, 05:55:46 AM
Ice cream cone.  My wife and I like spending time together just not always inside the house so going to McDonalds with our dogs for just an ice cream cone together is something we do a lot. It is time out without eating a complete meal out.  I don't own a cell phone so we actually talk to each other too.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: PtboEliz on November 15, 2017, 12:46:36 PM
A bike ride with my fella on a crisp Fall morning, putting on a record during lunch, raking leaves! :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Prairie Gal on November 21, 2017, 06:42:57 AM
Sent a friend an anonymous card in the mail, with a $5 Tim Horton's card, to cheer her up.

I think I will try to do more random acts of kindness. They give me the good feels.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Freedomin5 on November 21, 2017, 07:44:01 AM
A strand of twinkly indoor Christmas lights. DD and I like to turn off all the lights in the apartment and play by the light of those tiny Christmas lights.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Bateaux on November 21, 2017, 08:39:46 AM
Irish coffee at home on my day off.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on November 24, 2017, 11:33:36 AM
Buying my well fitting, but worn through winter shoes on sale online at black Friday. A few years after I bought my current pair they now sold the same pair in a different color, but same model.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BookLoverL on November 24, 2017, 12:43:43 PM
The way the sun shines across the valley at dawn and dusk on a clear day, highlighting every detail. It's beautiful.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rural on November 24, 2017, 02:19:19 PM
Old dogs.


(Who, come to think if it, are super cheap until suddenly and unexpectedly they become VERY expensive at inconvenient times. Worth it, though.)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mc6 on November 24, 2017, 08:25:57 PM
A freshly made bed.  I put clean sheets and a cotton blanket on my bed earlier and my cat was sound asleep in the middle of it just minutes later. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on November 25, 2017, 06:17:10 AM
Walking outside in the thin November sun.

Last night: stargazing (cheap once you have the equipment).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: chasingthegoodlife on November 29, 2017, 12:38:01 PM
Switching out my summer and winter clothes. I now have a wardrobe full of ‘new’ dresses. It’s nice to have a change every now and then.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: frompa on November 29, 2017, 04:03:34 PM
Completing a piece of writing I began several days ago.  Although to any observer it looks as though I'm sitting at my desk not moving much, mostly thinking and once in a while pecking at my keyboard, I feel as though SOMETHING BIG HAS HAPPENED.  It's so cool. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Zoot on November 30, 2017, 01:13:03 PM
Making cookies.

Cookies, and the making thereof, have become my concentrated, encapsulated, personal symbol of FIRE.  It's what I tell myself I will do, and have TIME to do, once we hit FIRE.

My company is going through a divestiture right now and people's jobs will be changing or getting eliminated.  I have not yet learned whether I'm on the chopping block or not, but I don't actually think I much care about how it turns out--so this weekend, for the first time in more years than I can count, I made cookies.  It was WONDERFUL--and they were DELICIOUS.

Come to think of it, a nice severance package or retention bonus would be awesome.  So I guess "losing my job" can also go on the list of cheap things that make me happy.  ;-)

Well, looks like I'm staying--so much for the nice severance/retention thing.  So I guess "keeping my current job and my current boss" can now go on the list. 

I made another batch of cookies to celebrate.  :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: stoaX on November 30, 2017, 01:21:41 PM
The library.  So many different books to read!  And if my local library doesn't have something specific that I want, they can get it through Interlibrary Loan.

Agreed!!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on November 30, 2017, 07:56:01 PM
Switching out my summer and winter clothes. I now have a wardrobe full of ‘new’ dresses. It’s nice to have a change every now and then.

Yes to this!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: fuzzy math on November 30, 2017, 08:01:06 PM
Flannel sheets. Its like taking ecstasy.

Being on track to have eaten 100% of the Thanksgiving leftovers (just a bit of one item left, intending to eat it tomorrow)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rural on December 01, 2017, 11:16:47 AM
A day in December warm enough to open all the windows and doors and get fresh air into the house.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: chaskavitch on December 03, 2017, 07:47:50 AM
An AMAZING pink and orange sunrise - I wouldn't have seen it if I wasn't at work at 6 am, so it made my shift slightly more tolerable :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 03, 2017, 01:09:16 PM
I've taken over the cooking the last year and thoroughly enjoy it. Plus with me doing the cooking there is no argument of staying in the budge! so win win...
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on December 03, 2017, 01:24:49 PM
Today:

Cross country skiing in beautiful December sunlight.

Seeing the supermoon rising above the horizon.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on December 03, 2017, 09:33:27 PM
A day in December warm enough to open all the windows and doors and get fresh air into the house.

THAT! Did this several times recently.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 03, 2017, 09:37:14 PM
A day in December warm enough to open all the windows and doors and get fresh air into the house.

THAT! Did this several times recently.

For me right now, it's a December day COOL enough to have all the windows open and let fresh air into the house :D
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on December 04, 2017, 12:43:26 PM
Walks to the community mailbox.

Baby cuddles. (Arguably getting to be expensive, lol.)

Wrapping gifts. (Ok the gifts might not be cheap but the wrapping is!)

Taking photos for contests.

Talking on the phone to loved ones.

Netflix at 2am.

Hand-me-down amazing stroller that lets me go on walks in any weather.

Organizing my possessions and deciding which to give away and to whom.

Choosing excellent library books for my parents.

Homemade blueberry-pecan waffles.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on December 04, 2017, 01:21:21 PM
Free food. Anytime, anywhere, anything. Love it when food is included (at work, conferences, etc)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: chaskavitch on December 04, 2017, 04:50:20 PM
Free food. Anytime, anywhere, anything. Love it when food is included (at work, conferences, etc)

I was just talking about this at work :)  Someone brought in pumpkin banana bread, and 4 different people have commented on how delicious it is, and that they love the Christmas bow on top of the foil wrapping (myself included).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on December 05, 2017, 01:01:06 AM
Free food. Anytime, anywhere, anything. Love it when food is included (at work, conferences, etc)

I was just talking about this at work :)  Someone brought in pumpkin banana bread, and 4 different people have commented on how delicious it is, and that they love the Christmas bow on top of the foil wrapping (myself included).

One of my colleagues has a daughter who is learning to become a cook. The daughter often bakes cakes and her mother doesn't want to eat all these cakes at home. Therefore they often end up in our office. I love those cakes.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Dicey on December 05, 2017, 03:06:57 AM
Free food. Anytime, anywhere, anything. Love it when food is included (at work, conferences, etc)

I was just talking about this at work :)  Someone brought in pumpkin banana bread, and 4 different people have commented on how delicious it is, and that they love the Christmas bow on top of the foil wrapping (myself included).

One of my colleagues has a daughter he is learning to become a cook. The daughter often bakes cakes and her mother doesn't want to eat all these cakes at home. Therefore they often end up in our office. I love those cakes.
Yes, this is terribly/wonderfully self serving, but maybe a collective note of thanks and appreciation would ensure a steady flow of deliciousness. What learner doesn't appreciate positive feedback?
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on December 05, 2017, 03:40:54 AM
Free food. Anytime, anywhere, anything. Love it when food is included (at work, conferences, etc)

I was just talking about this at work :)  Someone brought in pumpkin banana bread, and 4 different people have commented on how delicious it is, and that they love the Christmas bow on top of the foil wrapping (myself included).

One of my colleagues has a daughter he is learning to become a cook. The daughter often bakes cakes and her mother doesn't want to eat all these cakes at home. Therefore they often end up in our office. I love those cakes.
Yes, this is terribly/wonderfully self serving, but maybe a collective note of thanks and appreciation would ensure a steady flow of deliciousness. What learner doesn't appreciate positive feedback?

We usually thank the mother very much. But I'll make sure she will give a thank you to her daughter from all of us. I'll think of something.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 05, 2017, 03:43:53 AM
Free food. Anytime, anywhere, anything. Love it when food is included (at work, conferences, etc)

I was just talking about this at work :)  Someone brought in pumpkin banana bread, and 4 different people have commented on how delicious it is, and that they love the Christmas bow on top of the foil wrapping (myself included).

One of my colleagues has a daughter he is learning to become a cook. The daughter often bakes cakes and her mother doesn't want to eat all these cakes at home. Therefore they often end up in our office. I love those cakes.
Yes, this is terribly/wonderfully self serving, but maybe a collective note of thanks and appreciation would ensure a steady flow of deliciousness. What learner doesn't appreciate positive feedback?

We usually thank the mother very much. But I'll make sure she will give a thank you to her daughter from all of us. I'll think of something.

I feel like a quality cookbook picked up at a charity shop would be a great thank you gift. Pick one with tasty looking recipes to serve a dual purpose...
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: annod on December 05, 2017, 11:02:04 AM
Free things that made me happy:
-being appreciative and grateful.
-contentment. (the french word for happy is content/contente)
-interaction with kind, good people who really cares.
-being with loved ones.
-being healthy, improving strength and fitness.
-personal growth
-doing things that I didn't think I could do in the past. (for example, public speaking & teaching in a classroom, community organizing)

etc.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Wings5 on December 07, 2017, 05:27:21 PM
Going for an evening run. It's always a pain to get going, but even going just a mile at a slow pace makes me thankful for my legs and my lungs.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 09, 2017, 05:51:36 AM
Lovely little sandwiches (curried egg! Cucumber and cream cheese!) at a new friend's party :D
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Prairie Gal on December 09, 2017, 08:15:08 AM
Having my kids home for the holidays.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Money Badger on December 10, 2017, 06:23:43 PM
A cheesy $7 Star Wars T-shirt at Walmart with Yoda saying "An elf, I am not!"
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Ms.BecomingFI on December 10, 2017, 08:21:38 PM
First snow of the year!  And watching my pup walking in it.  Adorable! =)
Also, this thread!!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on December 11, 2017, 06:44:50 AM
A cheesy $7 Star Wars T-shirt at Walmart with Yoda saying "An elf, I am not!"

Hahahahahaha that is AWESOME!

Certain words make me happy. Like “petrichor”.
Other people making me dinner.
Hand lotion.
Chocolate almonds.
Head massage.
My baby giggling for the first time!!!
Mailing small gifts to far-away friends.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: 10dollarsatatime on December 11, 2017, 08:50:22 AM
Watching my 95lb dog carry around his favorite stuffed animal.  He doesn't chew it.  He just wanders around and cuddles with it.  And I find it hilarious.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on December 11, 2017, 10:54:30 AM
Watching my 95lb dog carry around his favorite stuffed animal.  He doesn't chew it.  He just wanders around and cuddles with it.  And I find it hilarious.

Cute...
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on December 11, 2017, 03:25:19 PM
Watching my 95lb dog carry around his favorite stuffed animal.  He doesn't chew it.  He just wanders around and cuddles with it.  And I find it hilarious.

Cute...

Pics or it didn’t happen ;)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: 10dollarsatatime on December 11, 2017, 09:36:50 PM
Watching my 95lb dog carry around his favorite stuffed animal.  He doesn't chew it.  He just wanders around and cuddles with it.  And I find it hilarious.

Cute...

Pics or it didn’t happen ;)

For your enjoyment...

https://photos.app.goo.gl/EZo0umyhG9ah79rV2 (https://photos.app.goo.gl/EZo0umyhG9ah79rV2)

I kept getting an error when trying to post the photo, so you have to really want it.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on December 11, 2017, 11:41:54 PM
Watching my 95lb dog carry around his favorite stuffed animal.  He doesn't chew it.  He just wanders around and cuddles with it.  And I find it hilarious.

Cute...

Pics or it didn’t happen ;)

For your enjoyment...

https://photos.app.goo.gl/EZo0umyhG9ah79rV2 (https://photos.app.goo.gl/EZo0umyhG9ah79rV2)

I kept getting an error when trying to post the photo, so you have to really want it.

Oh man, that was worth it!!! Thank you!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: 10dollarsatatime on December 12, 2017, 08:06:30 AM
Deleted the album, because my name was in it. 

Maybe this will work?

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Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on December 12, 2017, 12:53:17 PM
Deleted the album, because my name was in it. 

Maybe this will work?

<...>

It worked fine.

Cheap and positive thing: standing outside on the terrace with DH, watching a weak northern light. The good thing about our current house is that you can see the north if you step outside. I missed that in our previous house.
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Post by: Lauran75 on December 12, 2017, 01:12:42 PM
Watching my cat play with a fidget spinner. (I have a video of this which I need to upload to youtube.)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on December 12, 2017, 02:44:41 PM
Watching my cat play with a fidget spinner. (I have a video of this which I need to upload to youtube.)

I am *very* ok with this thread turning into a photo fest of cute animals doing adorable things, yummy-looking meals, and beautiful scenery. Feel free....
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Shrike on December 12, 2017, 11:40:39 PM
A super-deluxe, multi-adjustable, top of the line $25 shower head.  Want a gentle spray or in the mood for a sandblaster?  No problem, it's got it all and I use it every day (OK, *almost* every day).  It's the best.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: chouchouu on December 13, 2017, 02:59:54 AM
That first glimpse of twinkling blue pacific ocean when you're headed to the beach.

Water, the luxurious pleasure of drinking delicious water straight from the tap on a hot day. I didn't realise how amazing water is until I ended up with Hyperemesis Gravidarum and couldn't drink it for six months without vomiting. Just being healthy is amazing, to go outside and have a fresh breeze on your face and move lightly and freely. You don't realise how precious it is until you don't have that ability anymore.

Walking, we always had a orientating walk when we went somewhere, even if it's just a friend's house for a day.  I like looking at houses and knowing where I am.  I also love the coastal walks and harbour walks in Sydney, didn't realise I lived in such a beautiful city until I lived elsewhere.

Freshly baked bread still warm from the oven. Grocery shopping in the neighbourhood market when I lived in brussels.  I loved loading up the front and rear baskets with fresh produce and cheese bought straight from the farmer. I loved how economical it was and enviro conscious. I would brink back the yoghurt jars for a discount to reuse.

Fresh herring lightly fried and served with steamed savoy cabbage. Peasant food but so damn delicious. Too bad you can't get fresh herring in Sydney. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: CharlesBronzee on December 17, 2017, 12:03:32 PM
Attending church services.  Participating in church small group activities.  It's hard to explain why but I find these kinds of activities uniquely refreshing and satisfying (more than the usual social activities like dinners and get togethers).

Cleaning my car inside and outside.  It feels like brushing and flossing my teeth after I haven't done it for more than 24 hours. And yes, I wash my car even in winter time up here in Canada (using a no-rinse solution).

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 17, 2017, 01:28:02 PM
My dollar store readers because I can see
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Post by: Money Badger on December 17, 2017, 09:03:47 PM
Magic 8 Ball.   Useful to predict current multiple bosses decisions in the face of business challenges.   
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElleFiji on December 17, 2017, 09:09:57 PM
Late phone calls past bedtime
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Post by: lifejoy on December 18, 2017, 08:19:16 PM
Lighting candles
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Post by: Astatine on December 18, 2017, 11:33:24 PM
Seeing photos of ginormous dogs carrying around their favourite toy in this thread. The cuteness!!!!!!

Driving around the suburbs with DH looking at all the Christmas light displays and chatting with some of the people who put up the displays on their house. Fun! The community spirit is heartwarming.

Kitty snuggles (preferably when it's not a heatwave)

Getting texts from DH saying 'Love you'

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Post by: kei te pai on December 18, 2017, 11:59:25 PM
A big bunch of sweetpeas from my garden.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on December 19, 2017, 04:27:54 AM
Sharing minty dark chocolate with my husband on the couch at the end of a long day.
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Post by: Hirondelle on December 19, 2017, 05:18:45 AM
The IKEA restaurant having free coffee for their 'IKEA Family members'
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Post by: Linda_Norway on December 19, 2017, 07:09:47 AM
Receiving a bag of marzipan from my colleague, whose daughter got it from her job and whose family doesn't like it.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: LaineyAZ on December 19, 2017, 07:41:50 AM
The IKEA restaurant having free coffee for their 'IKEA Family members'

We're twins!  we just had this yesterday, along with their incredible $2 breakfast which consists of pancakes with jam, 2 sausage links, potatoes and eggs.  With the free coffee, breakfast for two of us was $4.32 which we ate in an uncrowded open seating area looking out the window into a sunny morning with some tasteful Christmas music playing in the background.
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Post by: Just Joe on December 19, 2017, 08:42:54 AM
WOW that is a cheap meal!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: tinylittlemonkey on December 19, 2017, 09:29:32 AM
My favorite cheap things include:

A bottle of wine! ($1.99 at Trader Joe's)
Reading a blog, books, or message forums.
Watching my cat play because it is precious.
Cleaning my house/car because it keeps it nice and makes me appreciate it more.
Listening to music on Pandora or Spotify for free.
Reorganizing my clothes in my main closet into "new collections" (instead of buying new stuff).
Watching the waves at the beach!

PS - What a feel-good thread! I like it a lot.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 20, 2017, 10:33:45 AM
30 minutes to a 1 hour afternoon nap!  I get up early (3-4am) and this feels so good!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 20, 2017, 01:44:41 PM
-A walk on a crisp fall day. . . particularly if there are dry leaves to crush on the way
-A cup of hot tea on a cold day
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: albireo13 on December 21, 2017, 06:44:11 PM
watching birds flit around in the trees.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Thinkum on December 21, 2017, 08:33:52 PM
Seeing my animals all snuggled up and asleep, nice and warm. I can almost see their smiles.

Walking around running errands instead of driving.
Title: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on December 21, 2017, 09:01:36 PM
https://caitflanders.com/2017/12/13/minimalist-holiday-traditions/#more-25511

List of minimalist holiday traditions, most of which are cheap and make a person feel happy.
Feels relevant
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BeautifulDay on December 25, 2017, 07:28:36 PM
Coming home to a quiet, neat, minimalist house after three nights in the chaos, clutter, and noise that is my parents' house.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: firelight on December 25, 2017, 10:07:34 PM
Talking to my parents about everything and nothing.

Watching my kids sleep.

Reading a book in bed at the time when you are awake but not ready to get out of bed.

Snuggles with loved ones.

Talking to my grandparents (100 and kicking) about their life when they were my age.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 26, 2017, 10:03:15 AM
Having a family I truly enjoy. Plenty of flaws in all of us, but just knowing it's a village. I was super sick over Christmas, and there was not even a moment where the kids needed anything. Everyone was helping out, taking them on bike rides, reading with them, making gingerbread houses.. . And, my family is like this even when I'm not unwell.

Also, it's cheaper than from a bar/restaurant, but not necessarily "cheap" generally, but pomegranate martinis that my husband makes. He knows how much I like lime, and bought an extra bag from Costco & hand juiced them for this batch.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on December 26, 2017, 12:52:54 PM
Chocolate-covered dried cherries :D

Singing Christmas carols with family

A cup of tea

Discovering some article of clothing in my closet that I forgot I had but am happy to see

Playing the board game “What?!”

Listening to the right songs that just lift up your spirits!!

Wine that has been gifted to us

Riding my bike on empty country roads
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Thinkum on December 27, 2017, 12:08:27 AM
Building stuff in Minecraft.

Eating vegetarian for the day.

Lifting weights and feeling slightly sore the next day.

Walking to the market with my wife and our pooch.

Remembering that it's all a matter of perspective.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 27, 2017, 07:02:09 PM
The $8 elf costume for my baby to wear at Christmas was relatively cheap and definitely made me happy!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Astatine on December 27, 2017, 11:38:29 PM
The $8 elf costume for my baby to wear at Christmas was relatively cheap and definitely made me happy!

Do you have a pic of the costume? (with or without bub inside)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 28, 2017, 12:02:11 AM
The $8 elf costume for my baby to wear at Christmas was relatively cheap and definitely made me happy!

Do you have a pic of the costume? (with or without bub inside)

Preserving my child's anonymity, pics below :-)
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Post by: Astatine on December 28, 2017, 12:29:33 AM
*melts from cuteness* Very cute bubba! (and totes worth $8)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rowing Investor on December 28, 2017, 01:26:55 AM
I am my happiest when I have performed a good and exhaustive physical workout, in particular outdoors on a nice day, e.g. rowing or running. Apart from membership fee in the rowing club (which is well worth the investment), this is very cheap.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on December 28, 2017, 01:52:24 AM
*melts from cuteness* Very cute bubba! (and totes worth $8)

If only the baby himself had only cost $8!! #bargain
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Astatine on December 28, 2017, 02:05:28 AM
*melts from cuteness* Very cute bubba! (and totes worth $8)

If only the baby himself had only cost $8!! #bargain

If only. #bargain
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Julard on December 28, 2017, 02:34:20 AM
The start of the day: waking up when the kids are still asleep and having my peaceful breakfast of porridge, fruit and coffee under the trees in the front garden.  The cats sit with me, birds come to tell them off, one of the trees is full of bees at the moment.

The smell of clean laundry. I hang it just outside the laundry door (fully and shamelessly exposed to everyone on the side street, which I know will be shocking to Americans) and the lovely sunshiney, fresh smell floats back in through the laundry door.

All the free planting I've done in the last year - cuttings and seeds collected while out walking, or donated by friends.  We've had a good amount of rain in the last few months so the garden's looking quite lush. 

My homemade moisturiser (beeswax, olive oil, lavender oil; also good for shoes and furniture).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on December 28, 2017, 02:40:30 AM
Warm showers outside in our outside shower on a cool, dark and moonless night when all the stars come out in our exceptionally dark sky.  Looking at scorpio.

It's summer now, so cool showers under the stars will have to do. And orion.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on December 28, 2017, 04:42:28 AM
Seeing an old couple walking hand in hand and smiling at each other.

The other day, I was at my favourite resturant at closing time when an older gentleman (80+) walked up the bar and ordered a coffee for himself and for his wife (of similar age): "A gin and tonic.  But less tonic and less ice so she can have more gin!".  After a while, they giggled themselfs out of the resturant, like drunk teenagers in love... ahh.. .to age like that.  :)

And to continue the thread:

A sandwich with fresh bread covered in thick slices of good, aged cheese.   And a strong coffee ...

Music. A solo string instrument up close, or in the headphones. 

Just a slow walk outside on a sunny day.

Manual, repetive labour or handiwork.  Yesterday I spent an hour sharpening my kitchen knives.  Still feel relaxed.

An early morning before others are awake.  Especially closer to summer, when the sun rises before most people.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 28, 2017, 08:12:27 AM
-Playing board games with the kids on a rainy day. Taught them how to play Yahtzee yesterday. Many laughs were had.
-Flying kites on a windy day, exploring the beach
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 01, 2018, 09:54:03 PM
Getting more involved locally, which lately means taking part in and volunteering at a community event, chatting to other runners, and shopping local.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 01, 2018, 11:00:54 PM
Being healthy. Not to be underestimated.

I am currently not healthy and have a bad cold and it sucks in many ways.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 02, 2018, 01:26:54 AM
Being healthy. Not to be underestimated.

I am currently not healthy and have a bad cold and it sucks in many ways.

Hope you feel better soon, Linda.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BeautifulDay on January 02, 2018, 02:24:06 AM
Being healthy. Not to be underestimated.

I am currently not healthy and have a bad cold and it sucks in many ways.

I was going to post the same thing.  Got food poisoning tonight and feel awful.  Being healthy is too easily taken for granted and is a huge contributor to happiness - not necessary for happiness, but helpful. And good health is extremely cheap as long as you stay that way.  Really feel for people who are not blessed with good health who have the physical struggles that presents as well as the financial burden.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 06, 2018, 11:32:31 PM
Leftover Thai red curry. Yum.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 07, 2018, 02:57:30 PM
leveling up in candy crush!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Zamboni on January 07, 2018, 03:12:35 PM
Playing ball

Watching my kids play ball

Baking pie

Folding my other half's clothes

Making an attractive graph that gets the point across in a glance
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Fomerly known as something on January 07, 2018, 04:41:27 PM
Going Cross Country Skiing for the first time in 25 years for $18 including rentals at a sort of local state park.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on January 08, 2018, 12:23:15 PM
Today I just had a happy moment sharpening a couple of knives on my whetstones.  OK, the hardware was not that cheap when I bought it, but per use it's quite cheap.  And fun, and usable result. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: JSMustachian on January 08, 2018, 12:39:34 PM
When my wife tells me she spent no money today.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 08, 2018, 01:13:21 PM
-Hot tea on a cold day.
-The feeling you get after a long workout. Somewhere between exhausted & invigorated.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 09, 2018, 01:51:30 AM
Spotting uncommon animals when out walking/camping (Foxes, snakes, lizards, beavers).

+1

I our previous house we sometimes saw uncommon animals around our house, like a fox with youngs and a badger. I loved that. No we have squirrels. I still get excited about unusual birds.
During trips other places we have seen a bear and a lynx, beavers, unusual birds, mooses and other deer. It is always a pleasure to see them.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 09, 2018, 03:00:17 AM
completing my workout for the day
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 09, 2018, 03:08:01 AM
Glorious rain and a thunder storm tonight. I'm sure it wasn't so pleasing for people who had to endure traffic and blackouts, but I love watching weather.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Bearblastbeats on January 09, 2018, 06:58:44 AM
I started a thread with similar topic matter in my drummerworld forum so I'd contribute here as well.


“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

― Ernest Hemingway


However, A lot of things surprisingly make me happy.

Walking my dog on a nice spring day, watching him chase birds or swim after ducks and sniffing around. Also, cuddling with him after a long days work. We lay on the couch and his favorite spot is between my legs resting his head on my stomach, he's a 100# Labrador btw haha.

I also enjoy listening to music, especially while driving. I drive a lot for work as a PM so it's nice to get alone time to blast music. It's where I feel I can listen to music as loud as I want with no interruptions.

Playing drums.. I currently play in 3 bands, so playing is a great escape and something I've been doing my entire life. It recently started to be profitable within the last 3 years because I now get payed to play out. Which cancels out all the $$$ I spend to support the hobby.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on January 09, 2018, 08:33:29 PM
leveling up in candy crush!

+1!

And playing kingdom rush a billion times. Definitely got my $5 worth of investment out of that game!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Astatine on January 11, 2018, 06:14:31 PM
Sitting quietly on the couch with kitty. (well, technically she is on the coffee table right now but earlier today she was either on my lap or curled up next to me)

Thinking through my personal values and goals and how they have shifted over the years. Lasting change tends to be slow and incremental for me.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 11, 2018, 06:47:01 PM
Maybe not cheap for my company, but cheap for me.

My team moved offices at the start of the year and I've gone from a desk in an open-plan section to an office that is larger than my bedroom and has a park view.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on January 12, 2018, 02:50:35 AM
Words of support and praise coming my way. They say that words are cheap but I still like ‘em ;)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lukebuz on January 12, 2018, 07:00:03 AM
Coming home to a quiet, neat, minimalist house after three nights in the chaos, clutter, and noise that is my parents' house.

Don't ever have a kid....
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 12, 2018, 08:24:32 AM
A more leisurely morning. I get to WFH on Fridays, so get to indulge in a slightly slower pace by cutting out commute time.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BeautifulDay on January 13, 2018, 04:51:59 PM
Coming home to a quiet, neat, minimalist house after three nights in the chaos, clutter, and noise that is my parents' house.

Don't ever have a kid....

Well that is the plan. DH and I do not have any, nor plan to have children.  We currently both work with children. We have been foster parents. We also have many nieces and nephews that we enjoy. So we like children and know what it is like to live with them.  But we don't feel the need to have our own.  Perhaps another cheap 'thing' that makes us happy.

The chaos of my parents house has more to do with a pack of yappy dogs who crap all over, my parents abundance of things that they spend too much on and that over fills their large home, and their lack of financial planning which prevents their ever being able to retire. I find all this very overwhelming in a way that is beyond anything a child could do.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 14, 2018, 05:36:30 AM
Last time we visited FIL amd BIL with his one child was visiting, I noticed that the house easily got cluttered. E.g. The hall way, which we need to go through from the living room to the kitchen, had the floor full of tøys, because the three year old wanted to play there.

My cheap nice thing this weekend were two cross country skiing trip. The cost a little diesel, but it was not far from home and free parking. We brought along a warm drink and some food, so we didn't need to buy drinks and food like other people do. Just nice skiing. My body is finally getting better since my cold.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on January 14, 2018, 06:48:19 AM
Watching the sun rise each morning.  The rise is a little bit earlier, and a little bit further north each day, a sure sign that spring is on the way. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on January 14, 2018, 01:54:26 PM
My stylebook ($5) or smart closet (free) apps that help me curb shopping and also let me geek out and catalogue my whole wardrobe.

My username used to be “libraryjoy”, after all...
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Parizade on January 14, 2018, 06:36:31 PM
Sharing a bottle of wine (or two) with my wonderful neighbors
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 15, 2018, 03:33:54 AM
Rain.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 15, 2018, 04:25:54 AM
Rain.

I think I can understand that from an Australian perspective. Here in the wet part of Europe, we appreciate rain only after a long period of dry weather. I appreciated it very much in the mushroom season last autumn.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on January 15, 2018, 07:03:33 AM
Noticing and appreciating other creatures for what they are.

This may make some people shudder, but we have a couple of large cellar spiders in our shower.  We just leave them there, as they cause no harm and they eat troublesome insects.  When I take a shower in the morning, the spiders walk around and wave their front legs, as though they like the warmth and humidity.  They are beautiful -- so incredibly delicate and yet strong.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Ms.BecomingFI on January 15, 2018, 09:16:56 AM
Noticing and appreciating other creatures for what they are.

This may make some people shudder, but we have a couple of large cellar spiders in our shower.  We just leave them there, as they cause no harm and they eat troublesome insects.  When I take a shower in the morning, the spiders walk around and wave their front legs, as though they like the warmth and humidity.  They are beautiful -- so incredibly delicate and yet strong.

A few years ago I also had a spider that lived in the corner ceiling of my shower!  It was a daddy long legs, also, so not very scary.  I would check on him every day when I went in the bathroom and he was just happy in that spot.  =)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on January 15, 2018, 09:24:33 AM
Noticing and appreciating other creatures for what they are.

This may make some people shudder, but we have a couple of large cellar spiders in our shower.  We just leave them there, as they cause no harm and they eat troublesome insects.  When I take a shower in the morning, the spiders walk around and wave their front legs, as though they like the warmth and humidity.  They are beautiful -- so incredibly delicate and yet strong.

A few years ago I also had a spider that lived in the corner ceiling of my shower!  It was a daddy long legs, also, so not very scary.  I would check on him every day when I went in the bathroom and he was just happy in that spot.  =)

:) 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mezzie on January 15, 2018, 09:57:56 AM
Today:

Playing with watercolors.
Going on a bike ride.
Reading library books while my pup snuggles with me
Chatting with family.

All good stuff. :)

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Exflyboy on January 15, 2018, 11:17:14 AM
Watching young people flirt with each other and remembering myself doing the same thing many years ago..:)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on January 15, 2018, 05:02:31 PM
Watching young people flirt with each other and remembering myself doing the same thing many years ago..:)

Similarly, seeing old people hold hands makes my heart sing :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BeautifulDay on January 15, 2018, 06:39:34 PM
Yes, rain and snow. I'd take either right now. Been so dry for so long around here.

Love taking a walk in the snow when everyone else is home.  It is so peaceful and pretty.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MandalayVA on January 15, 2018, 08:26:14 PM
Taking walks around my neighborhood, watching the cranes on the ponds and the lizards and squirrels running around.

Curling up with a library book on my Kindle.  After living so long in a city that had a meh-to-bad public library system, I'm glad that where I live now has a good one.

Having tea on the lanai with Mr. Mandalay and watching Poe sun himself and chatter at birds.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 15, 2018, 10:00:23 PM
Rain.

Seconded. Because...

Quote
Despite all our achievements we owe our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 15, 2018, 10:08:58 PM
A clean house.

The ability to throw together a few simple sweet treats based on what's in my pantry, for hosting on short notice. I love knowing how to cook!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Astatine on January 16, 2018, 02:15:38 AM
Salted caramel Lindt chocolate. (DH buys it whenever it's on special because he knows I like it <3 )
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on January 16, 2018, 03:34:11 AM
Rain.

Our local river running.  This will be the first time in 18 months.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HenryDavid on January 16, 2018, 08:00:35 AM
30 year old mountain bike, runs like a swiss watch. Riding it along the river to see what bits are frozen or running, all winter.
30 year old road bike, ditto, but in summer.
40 year old classical guitar, still sounds as good as I can get it to sound.
Library books and music.
Veggie chili.
And so on.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Dicey on January 17, 2018, 02:18:33 AM
Watching young people flirt with each other and remembering myself doing the same thing many years ago..:)

Similarly, seeing old people hold hands makes my heart sing :)
LOL, I am old. I am also FIRE, whereas DH is "only" FI. Every morning, I walk him to work. It's a short distance, but it's up a steep hill. We make it easier by holding hands. ♡♡♡
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on January 17, 2018, 02:57:32 AM
Watching young people flirt with each other and remembering myself doing the same thing many years ago..:)

Similarly, seeing old people hold hands makes my heart sing :)
LOL, I am old. I am also FIRE, whereas DH is "only" FI. Every morning, I walk him to work. It's a short distance, but it's up a steep hill. We make it easier by holding hands.

Awww Dicey, you’re livin’ the dream!

And this warms my heart :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 17, 2018, 03:15:28 AM
Watching young people flirt with each other and remembering myself doing the same thing many years ago..:)

Similarly, seeing old people hold hands makes my heart sing :)
LOL, I am old. I am also FIRE, whereas DH is "only" FI. Every morning, I walk him to work. It's a short distance, but it's up a steep hill. We make it easier by holding hands. ♡♡♡

This is very sweet, but... You are so not old :-P
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 17, 2018, 03:16:52 AM
Spending time with other new mums, where we get to just chill out and talk about life and cheer each other on. And eat cashew brittle :D
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Astatine on January 17, 2018, 04:24:07 AM
Signed up for the free digital magazine app from my local library. I now have access to 200+ magazines on my phone and have been enjoying reading a science magazine for free.


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Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: dandypandys on January 18, 2018, 05:59:43 PM
I was gifted a nice diary by my sister for Christmas, it is lovely with sketches and watercolors all throughout. I don't have the need for a day planner as I use Ical. So now it is by the bed and every night I write in the small area.. something memorable about the day. So far all nice things - even if they are small things like seeing a flock of birds above us on our walk this morning.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: dustinst22 on January 18, 2018, 09:23:00 PM
Walks on the beach, reading, playing the piano, playing Bridge/board games with family, bike rides, hiking, listening to music, various blog reading and podcast listening.  For 2018, one of my goals is to begin re-reading the St Johns Great Book list I studied in college.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Carrie on January 18, 2018, 09:58:11 PM
Snow days in the south- no school, no going anywhere, slept in, hot coffee, sewing on a quilt that was started 50 years ago (by a departed grandmother), hot Guinness stew in the oven, fresh baked bread.
Taking a short walk in 23° weather, snowflakes dusting my nose.
.....
Then this morning when school opens back up, delayed start, a blessing. Baking fresh bread for lunch, quiet, sun streaming through the windows.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElleFiji on January 18, 2018, 10:01:19 PM
Little Percy snores
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 18, 2018, 10:24:17 PM
Coffee with friends! Not free, but cheap and an easy way to get out of the house with babies :-)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rowellen on January 19, 2018, 05:32:08 AM
A trip to the beach with my kids on a beautiful summer's day.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 19, 2018, 07:41:39 AM
-Snuggles & conversation with my almost 12 year old at night. When he gets tired, he wants to chat & share everything. It's my favorite. I learned, for example, that a girl asked him to be "her boyfriend", and he said yes, but then ran to the bathroom & cried. Classic middle school. :-)
-The library. Despite my recent fine fiasco, it's a place where a community can just go. You see people using the free computers, others reading, and generally just taking advantage of shared services. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on January 20, 2018, 11:34:08 AM
Risotto.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on January 20, 2018, 12:28:30 PM
Risotto.

Awww yes! I haven’t had risotto in forever!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 20, 2018, 01:53:56 PM
Seeing 3 mooses when I open tje bedroom curtain at our mountain cabin.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 20, 2018, 02:13:45 PM
Risotto.

Awww yes! I haven’t had risotto in forever!

Yes! Love risotto. I make a cheater oven baked one. Not as good as the slow stirring kind, but much more practical for my life.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 20, 2018, 11:12:40 PM
Risotto.

Awww yes! I haven’t had risotto in forever!

Yes! Love risotto. I make a cheater oven baked one. Not as good as the slow stirring kind, but much more practical for my life.

This is a great cheat risotto: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/sweet-potato-spinach-risotto-lamb-cutlets/926795b0-2ccd-4eb7-a439-c784c05514af

Works with pumpkin instead of sweet potato, too.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on January 21, 2018, 12:26:31 AM
I made my last Risotto with mushrooms.  Worked well. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 21, 2018, 12:29:23 AM
Homemade pizza! Especially when a friend brings all the ingredients over and makes it for me :-P
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 21, 2018, 02:16:30 AM
I made my last Risotto with mushrooms.  Worked well.

I made that sometime last week as well, with selfpicked and dried mushrooms. I totally forgot to add anything meaty or other protein source. I added some grated cheese when I noticed.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on January 21, 2018, 04:59:55 AM
I made that sometime last week as well, with selfpicked and dried mushrooms. I totally forgot to add anything meaty or other protein source. I added some grated cheese when I noticed.

And todays food: Spanish Tortilla.  Eggs, unions, potatoes.  Added some grated cheese and some greens.  Nice to cook good to eat.  :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: tomita on January 21, 2018, 07:55:59 AM
-self-threading needle
-conducting a successful transaction decluttering
-fast commute on the subway
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on January 21, 2018, 09:51:23 AM
-self-threading needle
-conducting a successful transaction decluttering
-fast commute on the subway

I love all of those!!! And I’m impressed that after so many lovely posts, people are still coming up with new and exciting things to appreciate :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Exflyboy on January 21, 2018, 06:14:08 PM
-self-threading needle
-conducting a successful transaction decluttering
-fast commute on the subway

I love all of those!!! And I’m impressed that after so many lovely posts, people are still coming up with new and exciting things to appreciate :)

I thought of you today Lifejoy so while DW and I were downtown this morning I decided to hold her hand as we walked along (not unusual for us) but make a note of of the college kids reactions that saw us.

Sure enough out of the 20 young people or so we saw almost all the girls looked at our holding hands and made a little smile. The guys almost universally didn't notice.

Shame about the guys but kind of cool to bring smiles.. so we have resolved to do this more.. Besides.. its very pleasant anyway..:)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElleFiji on January 21, 2018, 06:51:48 PM
Doing nothing
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: firelight on January 21, 2018, 10:26:30 PM
Doing nothing
My favorite kind... especially zoning out with music in background
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 22, 2018, 12:53:58 AM
I thought of you today Lifejoy so while DW and I were downtown this morning I decided to hold her hand as we walked along (not unusual for us) but make a note of of the college kids reactions that saw us.

Holding hands with your loved one while walking is very nice and feels romantic. But in that case it is best to have the same pace. It feels a bit strange if one takes more steps than the other to cover the same distance. This is my challenge. ;-) DH is quite tall and his steps are longer than mine. When we are walking hand in hand, and more so if his arm is around my shoulders, I try to adapt my pace to his, which feels a bit unnatural, taking such long steps. So we often change back to walking hand in hand again. But even then it is nicer with the same pace.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Astatine on January 22, 2018, 03:15:11 AM
Yesterday I did a meal plan for this week for low effort dinners that are appetising and don't require any cooking or much energy to prepare in this heat. Yay!

Changing out of work clothes into comfy light clothes when I got home today.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on January 22, 2018, 04:41:54 AM
-self-threading needle
-conducting a successful transaction decluttering
-fast commute on the subway

I love all of those!!! And I’m impressed that after so many lovely posts, people are still coming up with new and exciting things to appreciate :)

I thought of you today Lifejoy so while DW and I were downtown this morning I decided to hold her hand as we walked along (not unusual for us) but make a note of of the college kids reactions that saw us.

Sure enough out of the 20 young people or so we saw almost all the girls looked at our holding hands and made a little smile. The guys almost universally didn't notice.

Shame about the guys but kind of cool to bring smiles.. so we have resolved to do this more.. Besides.. its very pleasant anyway..:)

Hehe what an excellent experiment! Thanks for reporting back ;)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on January 22, 2018, 11:35:23 AM
Doing nothing
My favorite kind... especially zoning out with music in background

May I recommend the music of estonian composer Arvo Pärt?

If you're really slow: For Aline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmBrepbZji0
For normal relaxation: Spiegel im Spiegel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZe3mXlnfNc

It's amazing.  And I'm a hard rock fan. :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: acroy on January 22, 2018, 11:47:04 AM
these are cute little things that make me happy. Cheap silicon blinkey lights, $1 each on Ebay. I strap them on wagons, scooters, small kids. Keep a set in my backpack as backup for my bike and give-away for unlit cyclists.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on January 22, 2018, 01:15:58 PM
Washed the car.

Helped DS fix his bike. Long bike ride for DS.

New chain for my own bike. 65F bike ride 'round the neighborhood.

Helped neighbor try to fix his chainsaw but I think he "unfixed it" b/c he did something else afterwards that resulted in parts being leftover. ;) I told him to take it to the shop b/c I think there were pieces missing too. In its present condition it is safe b/c it won't start.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 22, 2018, 01:23:45 PM

May I recommend the music of estonian composer Arvo Pärt?

If you're really slow: For Aline: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmBrepbZji0


I bought this on CD many years ago. I was shocked to find out that the CD contained three times song number one and twice song number two, with small variations, and nothing else. I felt a bit betrayed, but maybe I just wasn't caught by the magic that you feel for this music.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: FR2000EE on January 23, 2018, 04:08:44 PM
Getting something repaired under warranty.

Getting lost in a new podcast

Handwritten letters or notes

The feeling in your mouth after flossing/sonicare

The warm house feeling after a long satisfying winter night walk

Re-reading old journal entries and seeing how somethings stay the same and some things get resolved in time

Listening to the sound of someone who can type with skill

Catching a strangers eye just for a moment without saying a word

Discussing FIRE with someone who understands.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElizaStache on January 23, 2018, 04:14:45 PM
Tongue scraper for continued minty fresh breath and oral health.
Baking bread at home with my sourdough starter named Rodger.
Watching my freshwater aquarium flourish.
Hugging my husband and running around the house like idiots.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mezzie on January 23, 2018, 05:23:47 PM
Time with my wonderful students, Heck, I even get paid for that!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on January 23, 2018, 06:48:12 PM
Getting something repaired under warranty.

Getting lost in a new podcast

Handwritten letters or notes

The feeling in your mouth after flossing/sonicare

The warm house feeling after a long satisfying winter night walk

Re-reading old journal entries and seeing how somethings stay the same and some things get resolved in time

Listening to the sound of someone who can type with skill

Catching a strangers eye just for a moment without saying a word

Discussing FIRE with someone who understands.

Wow, yes yes yes.

Reading entries in this thread and being reminded of special simple things in life that make me happy!!!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 23, 2018, 09:29:13 PM
Brightening someone else's day.

A work contact just sent me two dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts (for when excess isn't enough).

I gave them to the guys in the mail room.

Means more to them than me, and I believe in looking after the people who keep the lights on and make sure everything in the building runs smoothly. They have more power - and more information - than most of the managers in this place.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on January 23, 2018, 11:38:03 PM
- Making a friend happy by showing him a ticket home is 1/3rd of the price he thought it was, enabling him to go home for two weeks in his semester break to see his parents after 2 years.

- Being invited by the same friend to come see him and his country when he's there. When I told him I was hesitant as he's only got two weeks with family and I don't want to take any of that time he replied "well just come at the end of the two weeks when my family isn't craving to see me anymore, I'd love to show you around". The trip itself won't be cheap tho :p
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: firelight on January 24, 2018, 02:07:11 AM
- Making a friend happy by showing him a ticket home is 1/3rd of the price he thought it was, enabling him to go home for two weeks in his semester break to see his parents after 2 years.

- Being invited by the same friend to come see him and his country when he's there. When I told him I was hesitant as he's only got two weeks with family and I don't want to take any of that time he replied "well just come at the end of the two weeks when my family isn't craving to see me anymore, I'd love to show you around". The trip itself won't be cheap tho
If he was an international student like I was, he would never forget your help! You've certainly made his day.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on January 24, 2018, 02:47:00 AM
Baking bread at home with my sourdough starter named Rodger.

This made me laugh out loud!  My mom had a sourdough starter named Herman.  I guess when those guys are around long enough they become part of the family. :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on January 24, 2018, 03:41:28 AM
- Making a friend happy by showing him a ticket home is 1/3rd of the price he thought it was, enabling him to go home for two weeks in his semester break to see his parents after 2 years.

- Being invited by the same friend to come see him and his country when he's there. When I told him I was hesitant as he's only got two weeks with family and I don't want to take any of that time he replied "well just come at the end of the two weeks when my family isn't craving to see me anymore, I'd love to show you around". The trip itself won't be cheap tho
If he was an international student like I was, he would never forget your help! You've certainly made his day.

He is. From a 3rd world country (so little funds) into another 3rd world country (so small grant/living stipend because extreme LCOL) and a very rather unusual flight itinary (so higher price levels than popular routes). I really hope he can work it out financially (the 1/3rd price still wasn't that cheap) because he's told me so many times how much he misses his mom (and she him).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 24, 2018, 05:34:11 AM
Baking bread at home with my sourdough starter named Rodger.

This made me laugh out loud!  My mom had a sourdough starter named Herman.  I guess when those guys are around long enough they become part of the family. :)

I saw a TV program last night about a bakery store that had a female sourdough starter, that had her own living space in a fridge. She was somewhat like 160 years old.

The show said that sourdough tastes better than factory bread. I should also make one, and then use it.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Gerard on January 24, 2018, 08:14:06 AM
Getting back to my normal sleep patterns after a busy period.

Realizing I have no meetings scheduled and thus don't have to go to work today.

Hankering after a particular food, then realizing I have all the ingredients for it in the house!

When somebody says something very witty during an otherwise serious endeavour... the kind of thing where you remember it later and laugh all over again.

Bacon fried rice.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElizaStache on January 24, 2018, 10:09:56 AM
Baking bread at home with my sourdough starter named Rodger.

This made me laugh out loud!  My mom had a sourdough starter named Herman.  I guess when those guys are around long enough they become part of the family. :)

He's a good pal! I've only had him for about 6 months, but his parent is 5 years old. He's my very favorite blob of flour, water, and bacteria. His farts taste amazing and I get giddy after feeding him when I see it gets all frothy and happy looking.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 24, 2018, 12:54:38 PM
Finding fresh deer tracks very close to the front door of our house.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on January 24, 2018, 01:20:19 PM
Listening to someone "tell on themselves" - telling us a story about some experience, usually a mistake they learned from and that we can learn from too. Sometimes these stories can be really funny. Then getting tickled and having the laughter/giggles resurface all evening.

One example was about a guy who tried to pet a squirrel on a camping trip. Another was DIY home improvement mistakes.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: TexasBrit on January 24, 2018, 04:24:45 PM
Walking my dogs early in the morning when the streets are quiet, then having a cup of coffee when I get back home
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rosy on January 24, 2018, 04:42:55 PM
Baking cookies from the cookie mix in the mason jar, our friend's kids gifted us for Xmas. Today on a rainy, cold day with hot tea - indulgence. Mr. R. was happy to get a whiff of the cookie baking when he came home from work. Happiness:)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 24, 2018, 06:24:29 PM
When I'm browsing the "what's avaliable" section of the library, and find a book I've been waiting to read. For free! It makes the library feel like magic

Ooooh that's a good one!

I love my library's reserve service. I get to choose my books online, they find them on the shelves and set them aside, and my husband grabs them on his lunch break (he works bear the library, I don't) - perfect! FREE books and then I don't even have to store them in my house afterwards :D
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on January 24, 2018, 07:31:58 PM
When I'm browsing the "what's avaliable" section of the library, and find a book I've been waiting to read. For free! It makes the library feel like magic

Ooooh that's a good one!

I love my library's reserve service. I get to choose my books online, they find them on the shelves and set them aside, and my husband grabs them on his lunch break (he works bear the library, I don't) - perfect! FREE books and then I don't even have to store them in my house afterwards :D

OMG I love placing holds at the library!!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: firelight on January 24, 2018, 08:12:24 PM
When I'm browsing the "what's avaliable" section of the library, and find a book I've been waiting to read. For free! It makes the library feel like magic

Ooooh that's a good one!

I love my library's reserve service. I get to choose my books online, they find them on the shelves and set them aside, and my husband grabs them on his lunch break (he works bear the library, I don't) - perfect! FREE books and then I don't even have to store them in my house afterwards :D

OMG I love placing holds at the library!!!
I'll add the ebooks to this list as well. So easy to check out from a couch, download and read immediately! All for free!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on January 27, 2018, 03:19:30 AM
Baking scones in the morning.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on January 27, 2018, 04:25:25 AM
Baking scones in the morning.

My dad baking his famous lemon blueberry scones. Yum!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on January 27, 2018, 06:14:51 AM
Walking down to the road in the pre-dawn morning to get the newspaper, and hearing the rooster crowing from the farm across the valley.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on January 27, 2018, 09:10:51 AM
I just made Indonesian martabak manis.

It's cheap to make, delicious and an excellent excuse to get in touch again with all my Indonesian friends by sending them a picture and asking how they are doing.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 28, 2018, 07:24:57 AM
The weather outside was foggy, so we had no view. It as looking depressive. But we still prepared ourselves for a cross country ski trip. We drove to the local golf course with free parking and went skiing from there. Pretty good snow conditions. It was positive to be skiing. We came back in a good mood.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Gerard on January 28, 2018, 08:49:37 AM
I just made Indonesian martabak manis.

Oo, I've only had that in restaurants. Do you have a recipe?
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on January 28, 2018, 09:03:41 AM
I just made Indonesian martabak manis.

Oo, I've only had that in restaurants. Do you have a recipe?

Yes! I used this one and it turned out almost the same as I've had them in Java!
http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/indonesian-sweet-martabak-terang-bulan-439412

Today's cheap thing that made me happy was inviting two Russian Couchsurfers to my place. We had a load of fun last night drinking a beer and eating the martabak at my place and I showed them around my city this morning. It was my first time being a host (have surfed in the past) and it was a great experience! Saved them the money of the hostel and they got me some beers, a coffee and an invitation to St. Petersburg in return :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: chaskavitch on January 28, 2018, 09:16:08 AM
Seeing this mug at Starbucks.  I didn't buy it (even though it was on clearance) because I don't like the handle, BUT I'm going to use my ceramic pen to make one of my own on a plain colored mug I already have at home.  I think it's an excellent reminder to keep on my desk at work.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: acanthurus on January 28, 2018, 01:40:00 PM
Butter. Room temperature, kept in a butter dish, non-store-brand butter.

I'm in my 30's and I had no clue how different brands of butter could be. Even the ubiquitous Land-o-Lakes stuff is good. And the price difference between blah store brand and a good but still common brand is maybe $1/lb. For a little more you can get European butters with higher fat content that have usually been cultured.

It doesn't matter much for baking, but an extra dollar for a month's worth of butter is super cheap and worthwhile if you butter your toast.

All that time I ate Great Value brand butter... jesus the years of flavor I missed out on. Spend that extra dollar, and get a butter dish.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: chaskavitch on January 28, 2018, 01:57:48 PM
Butter. Room temperature, kept in a butter dish, non-store-brand butter.

I'm in my 30's and I had no clue how different brands of butter could be. Even the ubiquitous Land-o-Lakes stuff is good. And the price difference between blah store brand and a good but still common brand is maybe $1/lb. For a little more you can get European butters with higher fat content that have usually been cultured.

It doesn't matter much for baking, but an extra dollar for a month's worth of butter is super cheap and worthwhile if you butter your toast.

All that time I ate Great Value brand butter... jesus the years of flavor I missed out on. Spend that extra dollar, and get a butter dish.

This is my butter dish and I <3 it.  It was $6.99 at World Market, and it is always full of delicious Kerrygold butter.  It makes me smile every time I use it.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: frooglepoodle on January 28, 2018, 04:06:30 PM
I can't believe I just now discovered this thread! Reading through it has been so much fun.

On my list right now:

My son asking to "kiss the baby" (I'm expecting) and talking to my belly.
Having a freezer well-stocked with meals for the nights I'm too tired to cook (and to keep my husband fed during my upcoming trip)
Toasted, homemade sourdough bread with good butter.
Watching the sunrise from our deck.
Wearing the perfectly beat up/broken in boots I bought 8 years ago - they only get better with age.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 28, 2018, 06:01:27 PM
Butter. Room temperature, kept in a butter dish, non-store-brand butter.

I'm in my 30's and I had no clue how different brands of butter could be. Even the ubiquitous Land-o-Lakes stuff is good. And the price difference between blah store brand and a good but still common brand is maybe $1/lb. For a little more you can get European butters with higher fat content that have usually been cultured.

It doesn't matter much for baking, but an extra dollar for a month's worth of butter is super cheap and worthwhile if you butter your toast.

All that time I ate Great Value brand butter... jesus the years of flavor I missed out on. Spend that extra dollar, and get a butter dish.

This is my butter dish and I <3 it.  It was $6.99 at World Market, and it is always full of delicious Kerrygold butter.  It makes me smile every time I use it.

Gorgeous butter dish, @chaskavitch.

I had to switch from using a flat butter dish with a domed lid to a tub-style dish with a flat lid after 90 per cent of my guy friends proved themselves incapable of placing the lid over the butter. Instead, I'd find the lid jammed on and in the butter. >.< 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: chaskavitch on January 29, 2018, 05:54:17 AM
Butter. Room temperature, kept in a butter dish, non-store-brand butter.

I'm in my 30's and I had no clue how different brands of butter could be. Even the ubiquitous Land-o-Lakes stuff is good. And the price difference between blah store brand and a good but still common brand is maybe $1/lb. For a little more you can get European butters with higher fat content that have usually been cultured.

It doesn't matter much for baking, but an extra dollar for a month's worth of butter is super cheap and worthwhile if you butter your toast.

All that time I ate Great Value brand butter... jesus the years of flavor I missed out on. Spend that extra dollar, and get a butter dish.

This is my butter dish and I <3 it.  It was $6.99 at World Market, and it is always full of delicious Kerrygold butter.  It makes me smile every time I use it.

Gorgeous butter dish, @chaskavitch.

I had to switch from using a flat butter dish with a domed lid to a tub-style dish with a flat lid after 90 per cent of my guy friends proved themselves incapable of placing the lid over the butter. Instead, I'd find the lid jammed on and in the butter. >.<

Yeah...I can see that happening once our toddler is old enough to get his own butter.  At least the butter is still delicious!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 29, 2018, 06:15:06 AM
Friendship! Free, yet priceless.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Parizade on January 29, 2018, 06:33:58 AM
This is my butter dish and I <3 it.  It was $6.99 at World Market, and it is always full of delicious Kerrygold butter.  It makes me smile every time I use it.

mmmmm, Irish butter :-)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on January 29, 2018, 07:14:15 AM
Friendship! Free, yet priceless.

Especially frugal friends!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElizaStache on January 29, 2018, 11:35:44 AM
Using MS Paint to doctor pictures my mom sends me of my brother and the wee beastie he loves.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: jengod on January 29, 2018, 12:28:23 PM
My Amco stainless steel measuring cups. I really fancy measuring cups for some reason (good childhood baking memories?). I've had them for 10+ years and they're just flawless and beautiful and I love baking with them.

Santa Ana winds

Watching the bees forage on the African blue basil

Fanfiction. Free on AO3 and some of the stuff in my main fandom is written by talented humans who must be slumming from their real jobs as authors or professors or some such
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElizaStache on January 29, 2018, 12:40:59 PM
My Amco stainless steel measuring cups. I really fancy measuring cups for some reason (good childhood baking memories?). I've had them for 10+ years and they're just flawless and beautiful and I love baking with them.

Measuring cups seconded. I have some bright orange measuring cups/spoons from the 70's that belonged to my grandparents. I love that there are 2/3 and 3/4 cups included in the set. I will never give them up for anything in the world. They've helped me make memorable, perfect meals, and then many many disasters.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 29, 2018, 03:34:11 PM
My Amco stainless steel measuring cups. I really fancy measuring cups for some reason (good childhood baking memories?). I've had them for 10+ years and they're just flawless and beautiful and I love baking with them.

Measuring cups seconded. I have some bright orange measuring cups/spoons from the 70's that belonged to my grandparents. I love that there are 2/3 and 3/4 cups included in the set. I will never give them up for anything in the world. They've helped me make memorable, perfect meals, and then many many disasters.

Time for me to leave this thread before my dissatisfaction with my measuring cup situation pours out!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MoneyMouse on January 29, 2018, 04:19:34 PM
Hot baths, with Epsom salt from Costco.

Water's included in my rent, so it doesn't cost me anything to run a nice, hot bath with tons of Epsom salt. I bought myself a cheap (but really pretty) bath caddy off Amazon for Christmas and I can set up my laptop or my book and just watch/read while I soak. It's so nice.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: jim555 on January 29, 2018, 06:16:32 PM
You enjoy your bath salts.  Isn't that illegal?  :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on January 29, 2018, 07:35:10 PM
Hot baths, with Epsom salt from Costco.

Water's included in my rent, so it doesn't cost me anything to run a nice, hot bath with tons of Epsom salt. I bought myself a cheap (but really pretty) bath caddy off Amazon for Christmas and I can set up my laptop or my book and just watch/read while I soak. It's so nice.

OMG FREE WATER???? Jealous! I am the bath queen and I hate how much it costs but I just can’t say no.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: dustinst22 on January 29, 2018, 07:53:18 PM
Learning something new that changes everything I thought I knew.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Exflyboy on January 29, 2018, 11:35:34 PM
Hot baths, with Epsom salt from Costco.

Water's included in my rent, so it doesn't cost me anything to run a nice, hot bath with tons of Epsom salt. I bought myself a cheap (but really pretty) bath caddy off Amazon for Christmas and I can set up my laptop or my book and just watch/read while I soak. It's so nice.

OMG FREE WATER???? Jealous! I am the bath queen and I hate how much it costs but I just can’t say no.

Ooh we have a well with a pump so its almost free... I handn't considered that people actually pay money for water.. How naive is that?
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Exflyboy on January 29, 2018, 11:44:24 PM
Taking a nap in the middle of the day cus I can..:)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 30, 2018, 01:11:58 AM
Hot baths, with Epsom salt from Costco.

Water's included in my rent, so it doesn't cost me anything to run a nice, hot bath with tons of Epsom salt. I bought myself a cheap (but really pretty) bath caddy off Amazon for Christmas and I can set up my laptop or my book and just watch/read while I soak. It's so nice.

OMG FREE WATER???? Jealous! I am the bath queen and I hate how much it costs but I just can’t say no.

Ooh we have a well with a pump so its almost free... I handn't considered that people actually pay money for water.. How naive is that?

We used to have a pump as well, and a septic for the grey water. Now we have a house with communal water where we pay for the water and we pay for an equal amount of water for the sewage system. Even if we drink some of the water or spray it into the garden.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Astatine on January 30, 2018, 03:26:36 AM
The forecast for the next 5 days is below 30C!!!!!!!! I am so happy about this.

Also, it's really quite cool now so the house is cooling down nicel from the recent heatwave. And we've had heaps of rain for the past couple of days so we won't need to water our garden for quite a while now.

Learning something new that changes everything I thought I knew.

Cool! What new thing did you learn? (if you don't mind sharing)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on January 30, 2018, 03:34:00 AM
The forecast for the next 5 days is below 30C!!!!!!!! I am so happy about this.

Also, it's really quite cool now so the house is cooling down nicel from the recent heatwave. And we've had heaps of rain for the past couple of days so we won't need to water our garden for quite a while now.


Isn't it glorious?

The cool change is just coming through here.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Astatine on January 30, 2018, 03:39:13 AM
The forecast for the next 5 days is below 30C!!!!!!!! I am so happy about this.

Also, it's really quite cool now so the house is cooling down nicel from the recent heatwave. And we've had heaps of rain for the past couple of days so we won't need to water our garden for quite a while now.


Isn't it glorious?

The cool change is just coming through here.

It's pissing down here. And the breeze going through the house has a definite chill to it. Bliss! I might even sleep a bit better with these cooler temps.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Freedomin5 on January 30, 2018, 05:36:11 AM
I read “below 30C” as “minus 30C” and for a second wondered who in their right mind would be glad that it was so friggin freezing cold. Then I realized you’re talking about temperatures being in the 20s and everything suddenly made sense.

My cheap happy thing currently is hanging out under my warm fluffy comforters because it is currently very cold here.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on January 30, 2018, 06:41:03 AM
I read “below 30C” as “minus 30C” and for a second wondered who in their right mind would be glad that it was so friggin freezing cold. Then I realized you’re talking about temperatures being in the 20s and everything suddenly made sense.

My cheap happy thing currently is hanging out under my warm fluffy comforters because it is currently very cold here.




That's 9:30 pm.  Its not getting any cooler tonight.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on January 30, 2018, 08:56:10 AM
Went to bed an hour early last night b/c my wake up time is fixed (work).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: dustinst22 on January 30, 2018, 09:43:56 AM


Cool! What new thing did you learn? (if you don't mind sharing)

Most recently (as in the past month), that my low carb diet that I've been on for years is dangerous and that a plant-based diet is much better/healthier (though I did lose a lot of weight on the low carb diet, so that was a plus).  It was very hard for me to admit this to myself, as I've always been a pretty heavy meat eater.  As I age I get more and more concerned about these things, seeing relatives get cancer, etc.

All that said, I sort of meant my statement in general -- I love learning something that changes my previous assumptions.  It's a good feeling when you change your mind on something that you were clinging to, almost a freeing feeling.  I'm happy to say I've remained open minded enough that this has happened to me continuously through life.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Serendip on January 30, 2018, 11:24:35 AM
Snow mornings or watching a blizzard from indoors

Planning local hiking/camping trips with friends

A writer who uses the english languge with skill

Jumping in lakes on hot days, or cool days (working the senses!)

Spices like cardomom, coriander in cooking and squeezing limes on tacos..
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Gerard on January 31, 2018, 03:36:21 PM
Yes! I used this one and it turned out almost the same as I've had them in Java!
http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/indonesian-sweet-martabak-terang-bulan-439412

Thanks, Hirondelle! I think I thought I was asking about something else -- I've had a plainer martabak with coarse sugar in Malaysian restos -- but now I wanna try this one!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 31, 2018, 04:07:45 PM
-A great night's sleep
-Sourdough toast with melted butter
-Getting the perfect ratio of milk in your morning coffee
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: jeninco on January 31, 2018, 04:50:15 PM
Getting up at O-My-Gosh-fourty-five and going for a hike up the mountain to the west of town this morning with my 13-year old and a few other friends to try to see the lunar eclipse. We saw it leaving the house to drive to the trailhead (about 1/3 eclipsed), then had no moon as we hiked because it was already behind the mountain, then got to the summit and found the moon had disappeared in an unfortunately placed cloud bank. However, we had a lovely hike up the trail with headlamps, a pretty hike down, and were perfectly positioned to watch the sunrise over the eastern part of the state in a blaze of reds and pinks and oranges and yellow.

Got home, and my sweetie had already made the coffee. Plus, by 7 am I had done plenty of exercising for the day, thankyouverymuch.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mezzie on January 31, 2018, 07:37:17 PM
Watching puppets play D&D on Twitch. The hours of laughter are better (and cheaper!) than therapy!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on January 31, 2018, 10:16:11 PM
Watching last nights super blue blood moon.  Eclipses are always fascinating to watch.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on January 31, 2018, 10:35:21 PM
Trying out a new recipe and having it turn out perfectly.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on February 01, 2018, 04:15:54 AM
-Sourdough toast with melted butter

This is truly spooky, MBM . . .  I just logged on to post this exact same thing . . . Sourdough toast with melted butter.  I'm having it right now for breakfast.

Another yummy option -- sourdough toast with goat cheese and honey.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on February 01, 2018, 04:57:51 AM
Watching last nights super blue blood moon.  Eclipses are always fascinating to watch.

I would have loved to watch it, but we had fog, and the eclipse was a bit too early (5pm), with still daylight present. At a previous a lunar eclipse, we came out of bed at 3:30 AM to watch it.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on February 01, 2018, 05:55:22 AM
Yes! I used this one and it turned out almost the same as I've had them in Java!
http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/indonesian-sweet-martabak-terang-bulan-439412

Thanks, Hirondelle! I think I thought I was asking about something else -- I've had a plainer martabak with coarse sugar in Malaysian restos -- but now I wanna try this one!

Coarse sugar? Haven't seen that one before I think. Was it the same thick pancake-like structure? Maybe it was just a simpler version indeed. This time I used cheese + nutella + peanuts as a topping, yum.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 02, 2018, 04:29:25 PM
-Sourdough toast with melted butter

This is truly spooky, MBM . . .  I just logged on to post this exact same thing . . . Sourdough toast with melted butter.  I'm having it right now for breakfast.

Another yummy option -- sourdough toast with goat cheese and honey.

Oooh, yum. One of our favorite appetizers is goat cheese crostini. Mix goat cheese, lemon juice, garlic & thyme. Spread & on lightly toasted bread for 8 minutes. So yum. We top with either thinly sliced cucumbers or pomegranate seeds. Great served with martinis. :-)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 02, 2018, 04:30:15 PM
Coming home from a long trip & seeing your kids for the first time in a week. Hearing all about their school fun, getting hugs, and just generally soaking in the love. Ditto for your spouse. :-)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: frooglepoodle on February 02, 2018, 04:55:02 PM
Eating homemade empanadas fresh out of the oven for dinner. They’re enough work that I don’t make them often, but very much worth the effort when I do!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on February 03, 2018, 04:56:33 AM
-Sourdough toast with melted butter

This is truly spooky, MBM . . .  I just logged on to post this exact same thing . . . Sourdough toast with melted butter.  I'm having it right now for breakfast.

Another yummy option -- sourdough toast with goat cheese and honey.

Oooh, yum. One of our favorite appetizers is goat cheese crostini. Mix goat cheese, lemon juice, garlic & thyme. Spread & on lightly toasted bread for 8 minutes. So yum. We top with either thinly sliced cucumbers or pomegranate seeds. Great served with martinis. :-)

Mmmmm.  I love martinis.  Thank you for this tip!  I am so going to make those crostini.  Can you help me understand the 8 minutes?   
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on February 03, 2018, 07:51:09 AM
Downloading my free Samsung Deal Kindle book each month.

At the moment I don't have so much time to read books, so this one book a month suits me fine and I hardly need to buy/get additional books.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 03, 2018, 08:32:21 AM
-Sourdough toast with melted butter

This is truly spooky, MBM . . .  I just logged on to post this exact same thing . . . Sourdough toast with melted butter.  I'm having it right now for breakfast.

Another yummy option -- sourdough toast with goat cheese and honey.

Oooh, yum. One of our favorite appetizers is goat cheese crostini. Mix goat cheese, lemon juice, garlic & thyme. Spread & on lightly toasted bread for 8 minutes. So yum. We top with either thinly sliced cucumbers or pomegranate seeds. Great served with martinis. :-)

Mmmmm.  I love martinis.  Thank you for this tip!  I am so going to make those crostini.  Can you help me understand the 8 minutes?

@Trifele - you bet. Here is the recipe. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/goat-cheese-crostini Quick & easy
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on February 03, 2018, 09:43:20 AM
-Sourdough toast with melted butter

This is truly spooky, MBM . . .  I just logged on to post this exact same thing . . . Sourdough toast with melted butter.  I'm having it right now for breakfast.

Another yummy option -- sourdough toast with goat cheese and honey.

Oooh, yum. One of our favorite appetizers is goat cheese crostini. Mix goat cheese, lemon juice, garlic & thyme. Spread & on lightly toasted bread for 8 minutes. So yum. We top with either thinly sliced cucumbers or pomegranate seeds. Great served with martinis. :-)

Mmmmm.  I love martinis.  Thank you for this tip!  I am so going to make those crostini.  Can you help me understand the 8 minutes?

@Trifele - you bet. Here is the recipe. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/goat-cheese-crostini Quick & easy

Thanks!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: NV Teacher on February 03, 2018, 12:22:22 PM
Using the online shopping service at the grocery store. I add things to my grocery list for a couple of weeks and when I’m ready I checkout online, choose a pick up time, drive to the store, and someone brings out the bags and loads them in the car.  This has eliminated virtually all impulse buying so I’m okay with the $5 fee.  I used to shop at 6am on Saturday mornings to avoid the crowds.  This morning I slept in until 7am, made some breakfast, and putzed around the house planning my day.  Went to get groceries and was home with everything brought inside in under 20 minutes.  Best thing ever.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Dicey on February 03, 2018, 11:50:39 PM
It was nearly 80 degrees today as we strolled through downtown with our visiting guests. Whee! They live in Wyoming, so they were ecstatic.

All meals this weekend will be scratch cooked from my pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. Weekend meals for six with no shopping, score!

I walk DH to work at the crack of dawn each morning. We were thrilled to see the eclipse on Wednesday. We're usually the only ones out, but we ran into our neighbors who had gotten up early just to see the eclipse.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on February 04, 2018, 06:23:02 AM
Repairing a wardrobe door with badly running wheels, without buying new wheels. Turned out there was a lot of sticky stuff in the aluminium rail. We took of the door and I cleaned the rails. Now it runs okay.

Cross country skiing in good trails in sunny, but cold weather.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on February 04, 2018, 06:29:10 AM
Finding out that a friend wrote on his Linkedin profile that his new job is: "none at all, free as a bird". He is 10-15 years older than I am, so somewhere near fifty-five or sixty. I think he just went off with RE. Good for him.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: use2betrix on February 04, 2018, 07:24:43 AM
Eating healthy. As long as you don’t need organic/grass fed, eggs, chicken, beef, etc, is all pretty cheap compared to a lot of things. Frozen pizzas can be $8+ often anymore, while chicken is $2-$3/lb.

I have a gap hoodie my mom bought me around a decade ago. It probably wasn’t “super cheap” but it’s my absolute favorite hoodie and has been since I got it. Still fits great and the quality of it is just top notch. Very dense fabric that has held up to tons of wear over the years.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on February 04, 2018, 07:49:54 AM
When you check the advertisements from your supermarket for the next week and see soy yoghurt is gonna be on sale. That's perfect so I can try a recipe that someone suggested in the vegan thread!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on February 04, 2018, 12:20:29 PM
Being given chocolate as a gift. So good!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 04, 2018, 03:05:04 PM
Getting an unexpected gift in the mail. Technically, it was for the kids & was from my parents. I love that moment right before they open it, and also when they tear it open & see what's inside.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on February 04, 2018, 04:39:08 PM
Finding out that a friend wrote on his Linkedin profile that his new job is: "none at all, free as a bird". He is 10-15 years older than I am, so somewhere near fifty-five or sixty. I think he just went off with RE. Good for him.

Wow! Congrats to your friend!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Off the Wheel on February 04, 2018, 04:48:43 PM
My dog.

Her enthusiasm for a new day every morning.
How she can't walk because her tail is going TOO HARD when we come home at night.
How she makes the perfect pillow/arm rest/cuddle buddy.
Her old man grumbles when she's tired and cranky.
Her going to sleep dog noises.

Yep, basically my dog 24/7.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Gerard on February 10, 2018, 07:48:53 PM
Coarse sugar? Haven't seen that one before I think. Was it the same thick pancake-like structure? Maybe it was just a simpler version indeed. This time I used cheese + nutella + peanuts as a topping, yum.

I was thinking of the thin oiled dough thing usually spelled murtabak, except with sugar. And now I realize that's usually called Roti Canai. So now I have to make and eat both versions!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: kei te pai on February 10, 2018, 08:33:12 PM
Rain. Warm, gentle soft rain. All day.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 11, 2018, 12:33:05 AM
Rain. Warm, gentle soft rain. All day.

Farm girl. This is one of my absolute favourite things.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: kei te pai on February 11, 2018, 01:01:28 AM
And coupled with the rain - petrichor! (I just learnt this word and have been longing to use it)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Astatine on February 11, 2018, 01:06:50 AM
I have some (free) zucchini from a friend's garden. We didn't have the energy to grow zucchini this year (we just did tomatoes) so it was really nice to get a surplus from someone else's yard. DH is now turning the zucchini into zucchini fritters. YUM
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 11, 2018, 01:15:46 AM
And coupled with the rain - petrichor! (I just learnt this word and have been longing to use it)

Keep on using it and make it your own. :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Astatine on February 11, 2018, 01:23:01 AM
And coupled with the rain - petrichor! (I just learnt this word and have been longing to use it)

Keep on using it and make it your own. :)

Petrichor is both the best word and best smell.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 11, 2018, 01:29:57 AM
And coupled with the rain - petrichor! (I just learnt this word and have been longing to use it)

Keep on using it and make it your own. :)

Petrichor is both the best word and best smell.

We should have a Word of the Day thread.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: kei te pai on February 11, 2018, 01:33:33 AM
I would love to claim it, but the honour belongs to Aussies!
https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/education/.../petrichor-the-smell-of-rain.pdf
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: kei te pai on February 11, 2018, 01:36:33 AM
oops looks like that link doesnt work, try this

https://theconversation.com/the-smell-of-rain-how-csiro-invented-a-new-word-39231
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on February 11, 2018, 02:11:02 AM
Broccoli roasted with garlic and salt.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mspym on February 11, 2018, 03:09:09 AM
Skyping with an old friend and feeling your heart grow.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on February 11, 2018, 05:38:09 AM
Pytt i panna

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyttipanna
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mezzie on February 11, 2018, 09:01:31 AM
Writing (and receiving) letters.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zeli2033 on February 11, 2018, 09:44:28 AM
Broccoli roasted with garlic and salt.

YES.

Also:
- listening to rain fall at night while lying in bed
- rising at 5am on the weekend to enjoy silence and coffee alone
- re-reading an old favorite book I haven’t read in a few years
- helping someone out. I love helping friends move, babysitting on short notice, supporting someone’s  art in all forms, etc
- giving and receiving a good hug
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on February 11, 2018, 10:29:34 AM
Feeling connected to other people.

Being proud of myself for some good reason.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on February 11, 2018, 10:40:30 AM
A slow weekend without commitments and errands.  Cooked my own food. Slowly. Even went to the library to borrow a poetry book. :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zolotiyeruki on February 11, 2018, 05:35:29 PM
A Slurpee, taken occasionally, perhaps once per month.  I guess that's true of any treat.  The rarity makes it more enjoyable.  Ooh, a strawberry cream slush from Sonic is heavenly, but more expensive.

You know what is the best food ever invented?  Frozen grapes.  Seriously.  Try it sometime.  They're as easy to eat as popcorn, and way tastier than any candy.

A slow weekend without commitments and errands.  Cooked my own food. Slowly. Even went to the library to borrow a poetry book. :)
We just got back from vacation, and had a Saturday with almost no schedule.  It was awesome.  We took the kids to a matinee of The Greatest Showman.  All 8 of us got to watch it and we spent less than $30.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: SlowMustachian on February 11, 2018, 09:59:27 PM
Washing my own car, for some reason it's relaxing for me.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on February 12, 2018, 04:17:16 AM
Working at a different location than normal where they do have decent cappucino WITH cacao to sprinkle over it :D
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on February 12, 2018, 07:07:08 AM
Even though a yearly check with the dentist is not exactly cheap, hearing him tell that my teeth are strong and healthy, makes me feel good. It certainly makes me happy not having to come back to get some holes drilled in my teeth.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on February 12, 2018, 12:51:53 PM
Washing my own car, for some reason it's relaxing for me.

Very much this!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on February 12, 2018, 10:12:30 PM
Even though a yearly check with the dentist is not exactly cheap, hearing him tell that my teeth are strong and healthy, makes me feel good. It certainly makes me happy not having to come back to get some holes drilled in my teeth.

Preventative care is definitely cheaper than fixing problems later!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on February 13, 2018, 01:53:23 PM
Watching the Olympics
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Post by: Serendip on February 13, 2018, 10:41:41 PM
Taking warm laundry out of the dryer
Leaving the library with heaps of new books :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: radram on February 14, 2018, 06:57:42 AM
Watching the Olympics

Did you see any of the half-pipe? What they can do is just sick :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Lauran75 on February 14, 2018, 12:55:59 PM
A free private tour of a local cave (my dh's family owned the cave/land for many, many years. The cave was closed up when they sold the land in the late 90's, and just opened up again a few years ago by the new owners. A local teacher has written a book about the cave's history - my husband's included in the book. :) I had never been to the cave, although I'd heard plenty about it from dh over the years.)

During the tour of the cave - standing close enough to a hibernating bat that I could have easily reached out and touched it. I thought about taking a picture ... but wasn't sure if the flash would disturb it. The bat was really tiny - I could have cupped it in my hand.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: aceyou on February 14, 2018, 01:23:17 PM
Yoga.  Just starting to discover how amazing it is. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on February 15, 2018, 12:23:50 AM
During the tour of the cave - standing close enough to a hibernating bat that I could have easily reached out and touched it. I thought about taking a picture ... but wasn't sure if the flash would disturb it. The bat was really tiny - I could have cupped it in my hand.

Cute. I would love to watch a bat sitting still some time. I have only seen them flying around in the very dark when they look like birds, but flying irregularly.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on February 15, 2018, 08:57:01 AM
Watching the Olympics

Did you see any of the half-pipe? What they can do is just sick :)
As a Dutchie most of the broadcasts focus on ice-skating but yes I've watched quite a bit of the half pipe too! Love it :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on February 15, 2018, 11:28:50 AM
Finally, 20 years after moving to this country, I have borrowed my first library book. I had registered online some time ago, but didn't manage to log in online. I found out that the library has really long opening hours. So today I went there and got help to log in. Ordered the book I want to borrow in the future, but need to wait for. And borrowed 2 books that I can read during next week's vacation. All for free.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Lauran75 on February 15, 2018, 01:49:37 PM
During the tour of the cave - standing close enough to a hibernating bat that I could have easily reached out and touched it. I thought about taking a picture ... but wasn't sure if the flash would disturb it. The bat was really tiny - I could have cupped it in my hand.

Cute. I would love to watch a bat sitting still some time. I have only seen them flying around in the very dark when they look like birds, but flying irregularly.

It was very cool. :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElleFiji on February 15, 2018, 06:53:35 PM
Chocolate rice pudding
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: nara on February 16, 2018, 11:50:57 PM
1. Staying in my Pajamas
2. Drinking green tea
3. Sleeping in
4. Travel hacking
5. Listening to podcasts/watching Netflix/reading kindle books from the library
6. Being snowed in
7. Going to hotsprings
8. Gardening
9. Spending time with all of our animals


Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: redbird on February 17, 2018, 12:16:24 AM
Birdwatching from the comfort of my own home - FREE :)

There's a house finch couple that has been sleeping right outside my front door every night for over a week now. There's a spot underneath the porch roof that's big enough for the two to comfortably sit. My front door has little windows at the top and I can see them through it. They can see me watching them through those same windows when they arrive at dusk, but don't seem to mind. I'm super excited about the idea of them possibly building a nest there and having some eggs/cute little babies I can watch grow up. I am fine with cleaning up bird poop off of my porch for this!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mr. RME on February 17, 2018, 09:10:09 PM
An awesome breakfast cooked at home.

An outdoor nap after a good hike!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: McNaMoney on February 18, 2018, 09:01:11 AM
Looking out my window in the early morning or late afternoon, when shadows are long and the landscape looks gorgeous

THIS!  We purchased a house with wooded conservation land behind us and it's so damn beautiful!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElizaStache on February 20, 2018, 04:23:29 PM
Yesterday I made croissants from Antonio Bachour's "Bachour the Baker" cookbook. It's a beautiful cookbook I got for Christmas from my husband. This was my second attempt at a laminated dough, the first one was a mid-summer disaster in 2013. End results from last night were not so beautiful as my shaping leaves much to be desired, but they were delicious. Good thing I have 28 more in the freezer, waiting for their second proof, egg wash, and bake!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: elaine amj on February 20, 2018, 04:46:04 PM


Coarse sugar? Haven't seen that one before I think. Was it the same thick pancake-like structure? Maybe it was just a simpler version indeed. This time I used cheese + nutella + peanuts as a topping, yum.

I was thinking of the thin oiled dough thing usually spelled murtabak, except with sugar. And now I realize that's usually called Roti Canai. So now I have to make and eat both versions!

Mmmm...did someone say Roti Canai? I will eat most kinds of Roti but Roti Canai's layers of oily goodness is definitely my favourite.  Especially with dahl. Although I have never let go of my childhood love of dipping it in dahl curry followed by coarse sugar. DELICIOUS!  And dirt cheap.

Nowadays we usually eat tandoori naan from Costco (extremely cheap and easily accessible).  Best pan fried with a bit of coconut oil and a sprinkle of rosemary.

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Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Candace on February 20, 2018, 05:41:21 PM
Bar Keeper's Friend. My stainless steel pots and pans get so gleamy when I use it on them. It costs $2 for a canister that lasts a long time.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: frooglepoodle on February 20, 2018, 05:50:15 PM
Sitting on the back deck and watching my son play on an unseasonably warm day.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on February 20, 2018, 08:35:01 PM
Oddly enough a good corn broom and steel dustpan.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Carrie on February 21, 2018, 08:00:30 AM
Banana nut muffins - there's just something so magical about turning old mushy bananas into a delicious treat.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mezzie on February 21, 2018, 09:14:54 AM
Listening to my budgies sing in the morning.

They're so adorable!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Gerard on February 25, 2018, 10:53:09 AM
Finding a new accessible green space in a busy city.

(Simpson Park in Miami, if you were wondering.)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: frugaldevil on February 25, 2018, 11:15:04 AM
Sitting on the back deck and watching my son play on an unseasonably warm day.

+1

Had an amazing Saturday watching all the neighborhood kids bike, rollerblade and scooter around. Chatted with the neighbors and enjoyed the early spring.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on February 25, 2018, 12:04:12 PM
Sitting on the porch early in the morning listening to the night sounds (owls and tree frogs) transition to morning birdsong.

Mild spring weather that is just right.  Sleeping with the windows open for the first time since last fall.

Working outside til you're tired and dirty, then coming inside for a warm shower and drying off with a clean fluffy towel.

The Mary Worth comic strip. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: radram on February 25, 2018, 05:22:59 PM
Slowly...... VERY slowly cooking down maple sap into maple syrup. About 40 gallons will yield about 1 gallon of syrup, and will take about 20 hours to cook down. I am using the top of an old gas grill, taken off it's stand, and placed on the ground. I make 2 fires, 1 on each side, and use the middle to add wood. I used 2 old canning kettles that needed replacement as the containers to boil down the sap.

Gas grill was literally garbage, and the wood I am using is from 3 maple trees that came from our rental property. They were dropping limbs onto the roof and needed to be taken down. I was going to be charged $750 to haul the wood away, so I split it myself and hauled it to my home. I figure it is about 5 or 6 full cords.

Total cost was the gas to split and haul it, but I "saved" $750 by taking the wood instead of paying to have it hauled away.

I must admit it feels a little cannibalistic to make maple syrup with maple wood, but what a great day outdoors, and maple syrup...YUM :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on February 25, 2018, 05:26:48 PM
Beware the Maple Syrup Federation!

(Just watched Dirty Money on Netflix. The episode about the Maples Syrup Heist)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: radram on February 25, 2018, 05:39:03 PM
Beware the Maple Syrup Federation!

(Just watched Dirty Money on Netflix. The episode about the Maples Syrup Heist)

Wow.... I never knew. I think I should switch to cooking down milk instead of sap. You know... for the safety of the family :)

Somehow, I don't think it will taste the same.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on February 26, 2018, 01:36:32 AM
Friends who really "get it" and you can just be honest with about the crappy stuff as well as the good.

Husband coming home on time or even early!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on February 26, 2018, 02:10:59 AM
The rain dumping on Sydney over the past couple of days.

Glorious.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on February 26, 2018, 03:25:52 AM
Spending a week in our mountain cabin with really good weather and good snow for cross country skiing.

Being allowed to fill up our cans with drinking water at the neighbouring farm.

Seeing 3 mooses right in front of our cabin for half an hour. Seeing 2 more mooses during a ski trip. Seeing lots of birds: the usual suspects at our feeding tray, but also quite a few rock ptarmigans during ski trips and an overflying western capercaillie and a unidentified predator bird.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: asosharp on February 26, 2018, 04:05:59 AM
- Snagging a cheap bargain.
- Cheap delicious food and shopping on holidays in Malaysia.
- My weekly Friday/Saturday night take out at my favourite Malaysian restaurant where the food actually tastes like home (however I do not enjoy the massive queues for tables or take away... but I guess that's the price of being popular and serving authentic cuisine)
- Organising and/or attending church events
- Free lectures
- Free concerts
- Library books
- Free movies from the library
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on February 26, 2018, 08:07:51 AM
Trued up my bike's back wheel in anticipation of riding it to work.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=truing+rear+bike+wheel+zip+ties
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on February 26, 2018, 08:24:52 AM
Coffee prices in Italy (€1.50 for a cappuccino compared to the €2.50 I pay at home)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: kei te pai on March 01, 2018, 01:46:19 AM
100% germination from a $3 packet of basil seeds. Its late in the season, but I'm hoping for a long mild autumn, and a few more months of fresh pesto.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on March 01, 2018, 06:24:15 AM
Filing my tax return and see how much I get back this year :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on March 01, 2018, 11:05:36 AM
Today I did something illegal. I want to own a certain out of print book that is very popular amongst my group of people. It is not possible to buy second hand, because there are so few copies left and the publisher doesn't want to print more copies or sell the right to someone else.
I was able to borrow the book from the library and spent a few hours at work after working hours to scan it as pdf file. 700 pages... Now I finally have my own copy in digital version, which is much better than not having it, as it all about the content and not the book itself.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: FamilyGuy on March 01, 2018, 11:43:07 AM
Netflix. 8.99 per month.
Walking habit I'm creating. 10k steps a day.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on March 01, 2018, 07:01:56 PM
Today I did something illegal. I want to own a certain out of print book that is very popular amongst my group of people. It is not possible to buy second hand, because there are so few copies left and the publisher doesn't want to print more copies or sell the right to someone else.
I was able to borrow the book from the library and spent a few hours at work after working hours to scan it as pdf file. 700 pages... Now I finally have my own copy in digital version, which is much better than not having it, as it all about the content and not the book itself.

I want to know the topic!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on March 01, 2018, 07:03:46 PM
Sunrise and sunset.

Home-cooked meals, cooked by others ;) and made with love.

Walks by the ocean.

Blogging.

Selling stuff I own.

High quality cotton products.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MrMoneyMullet on March 01, 2018, 08:55:02 PM
This week, while it's been warm enough during the day to melt the snow, and cold enough at night for the runoff to refreeze: there are tons of little "ice shelfs" and cool frozen ice bubbles along the road and sidewalk. Perfect for me and my 6-year-old to crunch / stomp on the walk to and from school. Makes me feel like a kid again.

It's a little like crunching fallen leaves in the autumn but WAY more satisfying!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on March 02, 2018, 12:58:00 AM
Today I did something illegal. I want to own a certain out of print book that is very popular amongst my group of people. It is not possible to buy second hand, because there are so few copies left and the publisher doesn't want to print more copies or sell the right to someone else.
I was able to borrow the book from the library and spent a few hours at work after working hours to scan it as pdf file. 700 pages... Now I finally have my own copy in digital version, which is much better than not having it, as it all about the content and not the book itself.

I want to know the topic!!

A thick mushroom book with Norwegian text and good pictures. The best mushroom book available in Norway. Considered "the bible". Out of print since 2001.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: YHD on March 02, 2018, 07:24:28 AM
A sick day spent wallowing under clean crisp sheets and all the hot tea hubs can make
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on March 02, 2018, 10:38:37 AM
Watchin the sunset from the train.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Wintergreen78 on March 02, 2018, 10:48:04 AM
This morning I pressed coffee from freshly-ground beans, made French toast from good sourdough bread (with cinnamon in the batter), then topped it with real butter and good maple syrup. Then I took my time eating breakfast and drinking coffee while reading the news.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: deek on March 02, 2018, 01:08:03 PM
The $1 Big Mac I ate for lunch today!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MoolahLula on March 02, 2018, 02:32:05 PM
Perhaps this will make other crazy cat ladies and their cats happy! 

Did you know there are videos on YouTube for cats?  I turn them up on my Roku TV and my cats are enthralled.  They are especially fond of Paul Dinning’s channel.  There are peacocks, budgies, bald eagles, all kinds of beautiful and sweet sounding nature to enjoy in your living room with your house panthers.  Makes me happy, makes my cats happy. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on March 02, 2018, 04:51:23 PM
Perhaps this will make other crazy cat ladies and their cats happy! 

Did you know there are videos on YouTube for cats?  I turn them up on my Roku TV and my cats are enthralled.  They are especially fond of Paul Dinning’s channel.  There are peacocks, budgies, bald eagles, all kinds of beautiful and sweet sounding nature to enjoy in your living room with your house panthers.  Makes me happy, makes my cats happy.

YouTube videos, in general, are pretty freaking awesome! Check out the Slow Mo Guys: https://m.youtube.com/user/theslowmoguys/playlists?shelf_id=9&amp;sort=dd&amp;view=50
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on March 03, 2018, 02:19:18 PM
Fika with a friend.  And "fika" beeing the Swedish term for a cup of coffe, preferably with something sweet  on the side...   :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on March 05, 2018, 03:22:34 AM
Free cappuccino from the building next door (my own building doesn't have cappuccino in their coffee machine)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Lichen on March 05, 2018, 09:30:42 AM
Vanilla almond milk. $3 makes me 10 days' worth of mock vanilla lattes. Coffee makes me happy. Vanilla lattes make me happier.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElizaStache on March 05, 2018, 11:02:15 AM
The first few cuts on brand new fabric shears. My husband keeps using my fabric-only scissors on paper and other things, which does not make me happy.

I also love flooring it on my sewing machine. I don't get to floor it in my car too often, so the desire is fulfilled in the comfort of my home. Going full-speed on a sewing machine while listening to my favorite Swedish melodic death metal band makes me feel like less of a granny.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on March 05, 2018, 11:08:45 AM
The first few cuts on brand new fabric shears. My husband keeps using my fabric-only scissors on paper and other things, which does not make me happy.


How annoying. Do you have enough normal scissors available in convenient places? If he can easily find a proper scissors, he might not look for yours. And can you write the work "sew" on yours?
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: rosarugosa on March 05, 2018, 12:23:45 PM
Blowing bubbles.  On a recent warm, springlike day, I went out in the sunshine and blew bubbles with one of those plastic wand thingies.  I always keep some of that stuff around, and no, we don't have any children. :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mezzie on March 05, 2018, 06:48:19 PM
Broccoli. Why do I so often forget how much I love it?
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on March 05, 2018, 06:50:54 PM
Weather warming up, rode my bike two days in a row.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on March 06, 2018, 12:55:29 AM
The first few cuts on brand new fabric shears. My husband keeps using my fabric-only scissors on paper and other things, which does not make me happy.

That was one of two truths universally accepted in my house growing up.

I could borrow my mum's sewing scissors, but if it wasn't for fabric, thread, ribbon, or interfacing, she would put me up for adoption.

(The other was that she would always win the "who can play their music the loudest" competition.)

My only suggestion - if you can't get him to respect your scissors - is to hide them. Leave an old pair where he knows where they are, then hide the new ones.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: frooglepoodle on March 06, 2018, 04:36:18 AM
The first few cuts on brand new fabric shears. My husband keeps using my fabric-only scissors on paper and other things, which does not make me happy.

That was one of two truths universally accepted in my house growing up.

I could borrow my mum's sewing scissors, but if it wasn't for fabric, thread, ribbon, or interfacing, she would put me up for adoption.

(The other was that she would always win the "who can play their music the loudest" competition.)

My only suggestion - if you can't get him to respect your scissors - is to hide them. Leave an old pair where he knows where they are, then hide the new ones.

This (https://www.thriftyfun.com/Protecting-Your-Sewing-Scissors-1.html) is also an option. :-)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElizaStache on March 06, 2018, 11:51:20 AM
The first few cuts on brand new fabric shears. My husband keeps using my fabric-only scissors on paper and other things, which does not make me happy.

That was one of two truths universally accepted in my house growing up.

I could borrow my mum's sewing scissors, but if it wasn't for fabric, thread, ribbon, or interfacing, she would put me up for adoption.

(The other was that she would always win the "who can play their music the loudest" competition.)

My only suggestion - if you can't get him to respect your scissors - is to hide them. Leave an old pair where he knows where they are, then hide the new ones.

This (https://www.thriftyfun.com/Protecting-Your-Sewing-Scissors-1.html) is also an option. :-)

I'm seriously contemplating a padlock, I want to keep these new. I don't know what goes through his noggin when he's using our other scissors around the house, but he feels the need to hide them. We can almost never find our "all purpose" scissors when we need them. It's like how I have a second set of cheap knives for him to use in the kitchen because he isn't allowed to use my Wusthof collection after I found them dirty and dull days after he used them. I'm very protective of my sharp things.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on March 06, 2018, 02:13:44 PM
The first few cuts on brand new fabric shears. My husband keeps using my fabric-only scissors on paper and other things, which does not make me happy.

That was one of two truths universally accepted in my house growing up.

I could borrow my mum's sewing scissors, but if it wasn't for fabric, thread, ribbon, or interfacing, she would put me up for adoption.

(The other was that she would always win the "who can play their music the loudest" competition.)

My only suggestion - if you can't get him to respect your scissors - is to hide them. Leave an old pair where he knows where they are, then hide the new ones.

This (https://www.thriftyfun.com/Protecting-Your-Sewing-Scissors-1.html) is also an option. :-)

I'm seriously contemplating a padlock, I want to keep these new. I don't know what goes through his noggin when he's using our other scissors around the house, but he feels the need to hide them. We can almost never find our "all purpose" scissors when we need them. It's like how I have a second set of cheap knives for him to use in the kitchen because he isn't allowed to use my Wusthof collection after I found them dirty and dull days after he used them. I'm very protective of my sharp things.

http://irishmammies.ie/product/good-scissors-tea-towel/
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on March 06, 2018, 07:06:35 PM
Bringing spaghetti souffle to work.  I made it on the weekend using a few eggs, some flour and some milk and butter.  Soooo good warmed up in the microwave.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on March 08, 2018, 01:52:31 AM
Today at work we got the question whether anyone wanted to join a free first aid course after lunch. The course is organized by another division, but they have some places left for us to jump in. I volunteered and got accepted. I think this is a good personal skill to have. And I could use an update after my previous first aid course at the age of 10.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: kei te pai on March 10, 2018, 12:36:14 AM
Chatting to neighbours while I garden by the footpath. I really like knowing most of the neighbourhood and counting a lot of them as good friends.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on March 10, 2018, 02:04:48 AM
My Friday night swim - the quietest hour of the week usually.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Sun Hat on March 11, 2018, 05:22:20 PM
I also love flooring it on my sewing machine. I don't get to floor it in my car too often, so the desire is fulfilled in the comfort of my home. Going full-speed on a sewing machine while listening to my favorite Swedish melodic death metal band makes me feel like less of a granny.

I love learning that there are others who get a thrill from revving their sewing machines, and doubly so at the notion of melodic Swedish death metal! @ElizaStache, what's the band?

Yesterday I made a gardening apron out of an old curtain, and today I got to enjoy home made bread with home made wine - the luxury abounds!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 11, 2018, 05:26:49 PM
Listening to music on a nearly empty bus.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on March 12, 2018, 12:22:30 AM
Listening to music on a nearly empty bus.

My train of thought on reading this:

Ooh, I wonder if @HappierAtHome is back at work.
*Checks post history, finds new journal*
First day back!


Hope it went well in addition to bus party. :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 12, 2018, 03:47:01 AM
Listening to music on a nearly empty bus.

My train of thought on reading this:

Ooh, I wonder if @HappierAtHome is back at work.
*Checks post history, finds new journal*
First day back!


Hope it went well in addition to bus party. :)

Thanks @mustachepungoeshere - it was an excellent first day back! :D
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: frooglepoodle on March 12, 2018, 04:42:07 AM
Chopping vegetables with a freshly sharpened chef's knife.

Early morning toddler snuggles.

Coffee and toast from homemade bread, with Kerrygold butter and good local honey.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mrbeardedbigbucks on March 12, 2018, 05:02:42 AM
Homemade bread. So cheap and so delicious.

Eating a home-cooked meal that tastes as good as (or better than) a restaurant meal - this always make me happy because I feel pride in something I made, I save a bunch of money, and it tastes good!

I agree. There’s  nothing better than homemade bread. I’ll add pizza dough to this list which is basically flat bread. I love the way a properly fermented and hydrated pizza dough looks and feels. It’s soft and supple like a floured butt cheek. The taste and consistency we get from our dough is better than any pizza shop within an hours drive. People have offered to pay us to make them pizza and deliver it to them. Yup, I’m totally bragging about my pizza skills.

Bread & dough = pure cheap happiness
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: brookebcollin on March 12, 2018, 05:31:00 AM
Received a message from my boyfriend that he would cook my favourite curry and special pasta on next Wednesday after a hard working day <3
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zolotiyeruki on March 12, 2018, 07:29:31 AM
Early morning toddler snuggles.
^^ So much this.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MrMoneyMullet on March 12, 2018, 08:37:04 AM
Early morning toddler snuggles.
^^ So much this.

+20 MILLION!!!

Some people would say this is expensive, but I say: Maybe the toddler is expensive but once you've got 'em the snuggles are free!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElizaStache on March 12, 2018, 10:50:04 AM
I also love flooring it on my sewing machine. I don't get to floor it in my car too often, so the desire is fulfilled in the comfort of my home. Going full-speed on a sewing machine while listening to my favorite Swedish melodic death metal band makes me feel like less of a granny.

I love learning that there are others who get a thrill from revving their sewing machines, and doubly so at the notion of melodic Swedish death metal! @ElizaStache, what's the band?

Yesterday I made a gardening apron out of an old curtain, and today I got to enjoy home made bread with home made wine - the luxury abounds!

@Sun Hat I was listening to Amon Amarth's album Fate of Norns and then went on to listen to Hypocrisy's album Virus. Metal and sewing go together very well for me.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on March 12, 2018, 11:29:13 AM
Slow rains and sounds of wet tires on the pavement. Managed to do this myself - bike tires on a wet road, slow rain and nobody else around. Fenders are a good thing.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on March 12, 2018, 12:57:06 PM
Sharing my illegally scanned book in pdf form with a friend who also wanted the book and who was planning to maybe steal it from the library. At least I prevented a bigger crime...
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Penn42 on March 12, 2018, 01:15:32 PM
I like collecting live audience recordings of my favorite bands.  The computer and internet access I have anyway, so it's cheap to hunt for recordings and download them.

Favorite artists are Prince, Steely Dan, Tower of Power, Deerhoof, Mike Watt, and Zeppelin/Floyd of course. 

And the best part is I get to listen to them while I organise it all and make/find custom album art and such.  There's something about organizing stuff...
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Blissful Biker on March 12, 2018, 03:37:28 PM
Fresh air and sunshine on the trail with my dog.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rural on March 12, 2018, 05:50:10 PM
Found and finally tried Wiley Wallaby red licorice at the dollar store (so a dollar for a bag). Oh, my god, where has this been all my life? I'll never be able to eat Twizzlers again.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 20, 2018, 06:39:52 AM
Rolling out my back on a foam roller every night before bed. I've had ongoing back problems for years, and while this doesn't solve it . . . it feels so great & does help. See also: rolling out after a hard run as well.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: NoStacheOhio on March 20, 2018, 07:22:23 AM
Pencils and notebooks. They aren't cheap compared to stuff you buy at Staples in bulk, but they're cheap in an absolute sense. Bonus: they also help me stay organized, which keeps the money coming in.

Also, coffee (Hairo V60!).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: living small on March 20, 2018, 08:45:15 PM
 I just had a McDonald's ice cream cone for under a dollar a few days ago. I rarely get a sweet tooth, but for whatever crazy reason that just sounded awesome. God, don't judge me.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on March 21, 2018, 05:23:24 AM
Rolling out my back on a foam roller every night before bed. I've had ongoing back problems for years, and while this doesn't solve it . . . it feels so great & does help. See also: rolling out after a hard run as well.

I do this too, every day.  I roll out on it, but also turn it lengthwise and lie on it awhile with my arms flung out sideways.  Stretches out my shoulders, which get pulled forward from desk work.  That roller was one of my best purchases ever.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 21, 2018, 05:25:02 AM
Vegemite toast.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MoolahLula on March 21, 2018, 09:20:00 AM
Crocheting while cheaply streaming my favorite British tv shows.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Laserjet3051 on March 21, 2018, 02:08:53 PM
Watching the ginormous storm roll in (we are in a very arid climate, so each precious drop of water is viewed with hungry anticipation). The leading edge of this storm is quite ominous.

Not just cheap, but totally free.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BeautifulDay on March 21, 2018, 05:11:40 PM
Spreadsheets ;-)

+1 for thunderstorms and we need one right now
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 21, 2018, 08:51:39 PM
Rolling out my back on a foam roller every night before bed. I've had ongoing back problems for years, and while this doesn't solve it . . . it feels so great & does help. See also: rolling out after a hard run as well.

I do this too, every day.  I roll out on it, but also turn it lengthwise and lie on it awhile with my arms flung out sideways.  Stretches out my shoulders, which get pulled forward from desk work.  That roller was one of my best purchases ever.

I find that i get the best chest/shoulder extension by running it so the majority of the length is under my shoulders & just lay there for a few deep breaths. i agree - it feels incredible.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on March 21, 2018, 09:12:54 PM
Home made pasta.

Craving some right now. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on March 22, 2018, 06:09:59 AM
Cheesy old-school horror movies, watched with family or friends.  We just watched "Salem's Lot" (miniseries version) last night.  Fun! 

 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on March 22, 2018, 08:03:32 AM
Sawdust. Washing the family car by hand.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: jengod on March 22, 2018, 11:22:21 PM
Homemade worm compost that looks like chocolate cake

The sound of rain on the roof of a parked car

Picking up trash and recyclable cans while out walking
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 22, 2018, 11:23:50 PM
Receiving cute photos of my baby and husband hanging out together during my work day. I'm happy to be working, they're happy to be together, everyone wins!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 22, 2018, 11:24:21 PM
Oh, and I cannot post this frequently enough: CHOCOLATE.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on March 23, 2018, 08:04:56 AM
Oh, and I cannot post this frequently enough: CHOCOLATE.

Even better: free after eight mints at work, during a tea/coffee break at Friday 2pm.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on March 23, 2018, 08:06:51 AM
Having a whole week off for Easter holiday the coming week. Staying at our own cabin with lots of snow and wildlife like moose.

Cabins are not cheap, but if you already own one, you'd better use it a lot so the fixed cost can be divided over more days.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Dicey on March 23, 2018, 08:28:38 AM
Having a whole week off for Easter holiday the coming week. Staying at our own cabin with lots of snow and wildlife like moose.*

Cabins are not cheap, but if you already own one, you'd better use it a lot so the fixed cost can be divided over more days.
* I saw what you did there ;-). Hope you have a great week at your frugal-ish cabin!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on March 24, 2018, 07:36:59 PM
Paying compliments to strangers.

Renewing my library books online.

The combo of chocolate and peanut butter.

Washing my hair.

A day nap.

Thrift store finds of things you kind of need - like my set of several tea cups for $5!! I have already used them to host one “high tea” which is much cheaper than going out for the high tea experience :)

Closet apps like “smart closet” (free) and “style book” (like $5).

Watching “the good wife” on Netflix (again).

Hugs from people I love.

Chats with old friends. Feeling KNOWN.

Candy crush.

Clean teeth feeling.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on March 24, 2018, 07:58:36 PM
Freshly baked biscuits and a cup of tea.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: chaskavitch on March 25, 2018, 06:51:52 AM
Daffodils blooming in the median on my way to work.  They're just such happy flowers :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: EngineeringFI on March 25, 2018, 08:14:53 AM
Watching my cat chase a ping pong ball all over the house.

I took him in after a neighbor abandoned him. Getting him healthy again is an ongoing journey, but seeing him doing regular "cat stuff" like chasing a ping pong ball or picking a favorite toy and carrying it around in his mouth, makes my heart smile! And all his toys were hand-me-downs from family members with cats!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 25, 2018, 07:39:02 PM
-Watching my kids laugh & have fun at soccer
-A hot cup of tea, snuggled up on the sofa reading a book
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: pbkmaine on March 26, 2018, 07:50:37 AM
Freshly laundered sheets.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on March 26, 2018, 08:07:35 AM
Our chocolate share among co-workers.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: living small on March 26, 2018, 04:09:24 PM
being able to walk down to my basement shelves and choose something yummy that I preserved from my garden.  Tomato soup tonight!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zeli2033 on March 27, 2018, 09:09:32 AM
Pulling a large batch of frozen white bean and chicken chili from the freezer when I don’t feel like cooking. Even better when there’s enough for dinner and lunches the next day.

Coming home from my morning gym routine to breakfast and coffee ready for me, made by the sweetest husband anyone could ever ask for

Finding expensive books available electronically via the library

Making meals for friends at their house instead of going out to dinner. Spend no money out and am not ever expected to clean up! (Though I do anyway)

Sparkling water with lime in it. Why is it so refreshing?

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 27, 2018, 11:19:24 PM
Watching a great film on Netflix.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: kei te pai on March 28, 2018, 01:17:02 AM
A morning walk with a friend as late summer slides gently into autumn. Trees beside the river are just starting to colour up, and the air is soft and warm, with rain on the way.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Gerard on March 28, 2018, 07:24:31 PM
Exchanging "where the really discounted stuff is" tips with strangers at the supermarket.
Lemon grass tea.
Going to bed early, turning down the heat, and piling on the quilts.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Cali on March 28, 2018, 08:31:30 PM
I just had a McDonald's ice cream cone for under a dollar a few days ago. I rarely get a sweet tooth, but for whatever crazy reason that just sounded awesome. God, don't judge me.

I’m too busy trying not to react to the Vegemite toast. 😊

As for me, I love coffee and a good book.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mustachepungoeshere on March 29, 2018, 02:33:34 AM
- A free trial of Stan to re-watch a TV series I've been thinking about
- Looking at how much I've progressed with running over the past six months
- Running of an evening and smelling wood fire smoke (though the Mustachian part of my brain is saying, It's March, it's not even close to being cold...)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on March 29, 2018, 02:56:46 AM
Free chocolates in the coffee room at work :D
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElleFiji on March 29, 2018, 07:11:48 AM
Forum babies and forum mamas
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on March 29, 2018, 09:54:09 AM
Cross country skiing trails in the mountains with a beautiful view in good weather, nice temperature and little wind and very few people.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Lauran75 on March 29, 2018, 02:55:33 PM
Signing up for a free trial of CBS All Access, finding out it's more like CBS Very Limited Access - including NOT having full episodes of Person of Interest (which is what you signed up for ...) Then going to Netflix and searching for something else, and up pops Person of Interest all 5 seasons!

(I just hadn't seen Season 5.) So ... now am watching them for no extra cost.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: PiobStache on March 29, 2018, 02:56:44 PM
Reading on my patio.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Carrie on March 29, 2018, 04:19:58 PM
Free vintage linens to turn into little girl's dresses.
Making things, nice things, I want or need from cheap or free things.
Saving money by DIY, and feeling so much pride from a successful result. This thrills me so much.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on March 30, 2018, 03:58:05 PM
Daffodils blooming in the median on my way to work.  They're just such happy flowers :)

The cheeriest!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on March 30, 2018, 03:59:27 PM
Our chocolate share among co-workers.

Tell me more about this, please! :D
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on March 30, 2018, 04:01:00 PM
Watching a great film on Netflix.

...such as??
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Lichen on March 30, 2018, 05:58:40 PM
Geocaching. A free app and a smartphone with GPS is all that's needed. DW and I found a surprise cache walking up to the store to get milk today -- made us both smile!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: living small on March 30, 2018, 07:38:37 PM
Taking a walk with my family to the riverwalk near our house. Aaaahhh, spring!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 30, 2018, 07:58:02 PM
Watching a great film on Netflix.

...such as??

Just watched Annihilation. So good!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Basenji on March 30, 2018, 10:04:39 PM
The Little Free Libraries (take a book, leave a book) all around my neighborhood. https://littlefreelibrary.org/

Just found a memoir of a paleontologist and read it this afternoon. Tomorrow while walking the dogs, I'll take it and a decluttered book to a different Little Free Library to keep things moving around.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on March 30, 2018, 10:34:15 PM
The Little Free Libraries (take a book, leave a book) all around my neighborhood. https://littlefreelibrary.org/

Oh I LOVE my local Little Free Libraries! There are a heap within walking distance of my house :D
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: chicwhitesox1 on March 31, 2018, 03:52:51 PM
Free stuff makes me happy. like free coffee and free breakfast in the office
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mspym on March 31, 2018, 07:05:38 PM
- A cup of homemade cold brew coffee with some oven-baked french toast, using up the halfprice raisin turkish bread, topped with fresh banana, maple syrup & walnuts. So many gold stars for my husband and my son for this one today :)

- The dog-and-child friendly park out back of our house- we get to see all the people and dogs going to and from, and there are generally some pups that would welcome a pat and a ball-throw. Last weekend there was a free blues concert there from 3-6 and it was such a lovely atmosphere and great crowd.

- This morning's workout on the homegym we found on the last hard rubbish day.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on April 01, 2018, 06:34:55 AM
Listening to podcasts while cleaning the kitchen.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on April 01, 2018, 11:46:10 AM
The sunsets I can watch right from my window every day. If they're exceptionally pretty I get out onto my balcony to take pictures.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: vern on April 01, 2018, 06:43:56 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUgvAoTzWBA
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 02, 2018, 03:49:13 AM
Friends doing silly, cool April Fools pranks.

Free DVDs of a series I'd been meaning to show Mr Happier, via Buy Nothing.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rural on April 03, 2018, 06:24:50 PM
Just discovered I only drank half my beer with supper a half hour ago, so that's like free beer, right? :)

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on April 03, 2018, 11:42:02 PM
Game night at a co-worker with potluck food and leftover beers from his birthday last month.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rowellen on April 04, 2018, 04:53:45 AM
Visiting my Nana. She's almost 90. We sit and chat and do jigsaw puzzles together. She can no longer do them easily herself but she always has one set up for me to work on while I'm there.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on April 05, 2018, 07:45:14 AM
A thing at work: doing a test together with a developer on the other side of the world and discovering that the many major issues we found were not that bad after all and most had a logical explanation.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on April 05, 2018, 09:09:07 AM
The Decorah eagle cam: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/ 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: begood on April 05, 2018, 11:40:31 AM
The Decorah eagle cam: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/

This is awesome! We have a bald eagle nest within view of our house, but it is up in a tree so we don't get this fabulous "in the nest" view! Our eagles also seem to have at least one fledgling - we see the adult feeding something in the nest.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on April 05, 2018, 12:14:57 PM
The Decorah eagle cam: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/

This is awesome! We have a bald eagle nest within view of our house, but it is up in a tree so we don't get this fabulous "in the nest" view! Our eagles also seem to have at least one fledgling - we see the adult feeding something in the nest.

It really is awesome -- totally addictive.  We've been watching a lot the last few days; their last egg hatched late last night.  This pair is very experienced -- they've been together since 2007, and the chick that hatched last night is #31 for them.   :)   
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: TheWifeHalf on April 05, 2018, 02:54:43 PM
"Naked Ladies"
When we bought our house, 37 years ago, the guy next door kept a flower garden, in her yard, so the invalid woman who lived here could see them out her window. There were 5 Naked Lady clumps.
A Naked Lady is a very old fashioned plant, sprouts up a clump of leaves that look like daffodil leaves on speed, that die down about May.
Then in August, it sends up one stem, about 3 ft high, with 4-5 lily looking pink flowers on it.

I've been splitting the clumps in the fall, and now have 39 clumps growing. Some are old, will have 7 flower stems!

They have some official scientific name, but to me they are known as 'Naked Ladies"  I walk outside a lot in the spring, usually with a smile on my face.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: LilMissMinimalist on April 05, 2018, 03:14:31 PM
Waking up to a clean house.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Exflyboy on April 05, 2018, 04:06:39 PM
I love doing things that normal people spend insane amounts of money on for free or close to it.

Examples of my recent exploits..

Removed three trees by climbing/delimbing first then felling. One was overhanging the house/barn and two were VERY close to 20kV overhead powerlines.

Redesigned and made parts for my Wife's late model car to get around serious design errors (the dealer simply replaces parts for $700 each time it fails.. which is about every 3 or 4 years).

Rinse/lather repeat on 3 issues.. all done for some ingenuity on my part.

New roofs on my three buildings.. I don't like it but its easy to do.

Built an entire boom sprayer rig for the tractor to be able to spray the 5 acre pasture for weeds.

Come to think of it I have never hired a contractor or mechanic.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on April 05, 2018, 07:56:16 PM

Built an entire boom sprayer rig for the tractor to be able to spray the 5 acre pasture for weeds.


I've done this too for our 25 acre property.  A salvaged landrover with no brakes or dashboard, an empty pallecon, about $50 worth of parts.  It starts, runs and sprays!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Exflyboy on April 06, 2018, 01:43:30 AM

Built an entire boom sprayer rig for the tractor to be able to spray the 5 acre pasture for weeds.


I've done this too for our 25 acre property.  A salvaged landrover with no brakes or dashboard, an empty pallecon, about $50 worth of parts.  It starts, runs and sprays!

Thats even more inventive.. Well done! I at least had the luxury of the three point hitch and a PTO..:)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: rosarugosa on April 06, 2018, 06:50:33 AM
The Decorah eagle cam: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/

I am mesmerized!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: SmokeySnow on April 06, 2018, 09:02:51 AM
cheap salsa dance lesson (free with canned food donation) and latin social dance night
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Serendip on April 06, 2018, 09:21:30 AM
The Decorah eagle cam: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/

I am mesmerized!

Me too!
 Thank you for sharing this @Trifele I watched last night, and first thing this morning thought "wonder how the eaglets are doing?"
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on April 06, 2018, 09:27:53 AM
The Decorah eagle cam: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/

I am mesmerized!

Me too!
 Thank you for sharing this @Trifele I watched last night, and first thing this morning thought "wonder how the eaglets are doing?"

Haha -- me too!  The re-wind feature is cool.  You can catch up on what you missed on the live stream.  The nighttime infrared is neat too. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: TheWifeHalf on April 06, 2018, 09:29:24 AM
Page 15 of this topic

There's 'Basenji' and 'rosarugosa'

Before my car accident, I was active in breeding and showing basenjis.  When I decided that I could breed in a way that would help the breed, I had to choose a kennel name. I chose Rugosa. (Basenjis have wrinkled foreheads, are considered one of the least domesticated breeds in the AKC and I wanted to retain the dogs quirks and wild spirit, while still being a welcome addition to a human family. )

I was also a flower gardener and knew that 'rosa rugosa'  was the wild form of the rose - hardy, let them go and they'll take over.  Rugosa refers to the wrinkled leaves.

My first show dog, my foundation bitch, was Rosa Rugosa. She was typical basenji, but with the temperament that I wanted to be the base of my kennel.

It made me smile seeing 'Basenji' and 'rosarugosa' on the same page, only a few messages apart.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Serendip on April 06, 2018, 09:30:47 AM
Gathering wild edible plants (clover, dandelion, linden, rose, etc)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on April 06, 2018, 02:58:56 PM
Gathering wild edible plants (clover, dandelion, linden, rose, etc)

In May I will be going to a course to learn this. I have a small book already, but I think some of the plants are a bit too similar. It will help to get some instructions.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: haflander on April 06, 2018, 03:11:57 PM
Watching a great film on Netflix.

...such as??

Just watched Annihilation. So good!

I'm really interested in this movie, mainly because I loved Ex Machina. I just spent a decent amount of time going through Netflix to add things to our list, but definitely did not see Annihilation available. Turns out that it won't be on Netflix in the US until after the theatrical run. Egads!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: rosarugosa on April 06, 2018, 04:15:51 PM
Page 15 of this topic

There's 'Basenji' and 'rosarugosa'

Before my car accident, I was active in breeding and showing basenjis.  When I decided that I could breed in a way that would help the breed, I had to choose a kennel name. I chose Rugosa. (Basenjis have wrinkled foreheads, are considered one of the least domesticated breeds in the AKC and I wanted to retain the dogs quirks and wild spirit, while still being a welcome addition to a human family. )

I was also a flower gardener and knew that 'rosa rugosa'  was the wild form of the rose - hardy, let them go and they'll take over.  Rugosa refers to the wrinkled leaves.

My first show dog, my foundation bitch, was Rosa Rugosa. She was typical basenji, but with the temperament that I wanted to be the base of my kennel.

It made me smile seeing 'Basenji' and 'rosarugosa' on the same page, only a few messages apart.

Hey WH, I'm glad I helped make you smile!  RR has been my screen name and online identity since 2009 when I created a profile on Deadnet (a Grateful Dead site).  My DH had used one of our garden pics for a profile pic (sunflower) and I was looking for a cool pic to use and found a nice shot of a RR from our garden.  I decided that could also be my name since it sounded like a kind of cool Italian hippie chick, lol.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Basenji on April 06, 2018, 05:59:48 PM
Page 15 of this topic

There's 'Basenji' and 'rosarugosa'

Before my car accident, I was active in breeding and showing basenjis.  When I decided that I could breed in a way that would help the breed, I had to choose a kennel name. I chose Rugosa. (Basenjis have wrinkled foreheads, are considered one of the least domesticated breeds in the AKC and I wanted to retain the dogs quirks and wild spirit, while still being a welcome addition to a human family. )

My first show dog, my foundation bitch, was Rosa Rugosa. She was typical basenji, but with the temperament that I wanted to be the base of my kennel.

It made me smile seeing 'Basenji' and 'rosarugosa' on the same page, only a few messages apart.

Woof!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on April 06, 2018, 08:02:45 PM
"Naked Ladies"
When we bought our house, 37 years ago, the guy next door kept a flower garden, in her yard, so the invalid woman who lived here could see them out her window. There were 5 Naked Lady clumps.
A Naked Lady is a very old fashioned plant, sprouts up a clump of leaves that look like daffodil leaves on speed, that die down about May.
Then in August, it sends up one stem, about 3 ft high, with 4-5 lily looking pink flowers on it.

I've been splitting the clumps in the fall, and now have 39 clumps growing. Some are old, will have 7 flower stems!

They have some official scientific name, but to me they are known as 'Naked Ladies"  I walk outside a lot in the spring, usually with a smile on my face.

Wanting to see what these look like, I instantly thought, “Oh! I should google ‘Naked Ladies’”

HA! Guess I’ll just have to imagine them  ;)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on April 06, 2018, 08:05:58 PM
Page 15 of this topic

There's 'Basenji' and 'rosarugosa'

Before my car accident, I was active in breeding and showing basenjis.  When I decided that I could breed in a way that would help the breed, I had to choose a kennel name. I chose Rugosa. (Basenjis have wrinkled foreheads, are considered one of the least domesticated breeds in the AKC and I wanted to retain the dogs quirks and wild spirit, while still being a welcome addition to a human family. )

I was also a flower gardener and knew that 'rosa rugosa'  was the wild form of the rose - hardy, let them go and they'll take over.  Rugosa refers to the wrinkled leaves.

My first show dog, my foundation bitch, was Rosa Rugosa. She was typical basenji, but with the temperament that I wanted to be the base of my kennel.

It made me smile seeing 'Basenji' and 'rosarugosa' on the same page, only a few messages apart.

Wow! That’s really special :)
The universe works in mysterious ways...
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Bartleby_the_Scrivener on April 06, 2018, 08:33:29 PM
I can think of a lot of free activities that are great, but if you're talking about spending a few bucks, it's hard to beat a spicy chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-a. :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: deborah on April 06, 2018, 09:00:50 PM
"Naked Ladies"
When we bought our house, 37 years ago, the guy next door kept a flower garden, in her yard, so the invalid woman who lived here could see them out her window. There were 5 Naked Lady clumps.
A Naked Lady is a very old fashioned plant, sprouts up a clump of leaves that look like daffodil leaves on speed, that die down about May.
Then in August, it sends up one stem, about 3 ft high, with 4-5 lily looking pink flowers on it.

I've been splitting the clumps in the fall, and now have 39 clumps growing. Some are old, will have 7 flower stems!

They have some official scientific name, but to me they are known as 'Naked Ladies"  I walk outside a lot in the spring, usually with a smile on my face.

Wanting to see what these look like, I instantly thought, “Oh! I should google ‘Naked Ladies’”

HA! Guess I’ll just hdave to imagine them  ;)
Belladonna Lilies
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on April 07, 2018, 12:50:11 AM
"Naked Ladies"
When we bought our house, 37 years ago, the guy next door kept a flower garden, in her yard, so the invalid woman who lived here could see them out her window. There were 5 Naked Lady clumps.
A Naked Lady is a very old fashioned plant, sprouts up a clump of leaves that look like daffodil leaves on speed, that die down about May.
Then in August, it sends up one stem, about 3 ft high, with 4-5 lily looking pink flowers on it.

I've been splitting the clumps in the fall, and now have 39 clumps growing. Some are old, will have 7 flower stems!

They have some official scientific name, but to me they are known as 'Naked Ladies"  I walk outside a lot in the spring, usually with a smile on my face.

Wanting to see what these look like, I instantly thought, “Oh! I should google ‘Naked Ladies’”

HA! Guess I’ll just hdave to imagine them  ;)
Belladonna Lilies

Heh thanks!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: kei te pai on April 07, 2018, 02:40:43 AM
Feijoa season, yum, yum! This may be a NZ thing, feijoas are a delicious autumn fruit that grows easily in many parts of the country. When they are in season they are so abundant people bring bucket loads to work, and share them round the neighbourhood. Feijoa crumble, feijoa muffins, feijoa chutney, feijoas everywhere. After  month or two they are finished and its a year to wait until the next crop.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: koshtra on April 07, 2018, 09:23:06 AM
Bumping against a curious word and finding there's an extensive thread discussing it on Language Hat: http://languagehat.com/feijoa/
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: redbird on April 07, 2018, 05:20:29 PM
I don't normally buy books, but I bought $18 worth of books today. My library has a book sale every ~6 months and they sell donated hardbacks for $2 each and paperbacks for $1 each. These are generally extremely good condition, practically brand new in some cases. I buy books typically at every book sale to support the library. I feel I get tons of worth out of the library and I like to support them beyond just the local taxes I pay. I always budget myself to $20 for each sale, so I don't spend too much but get a bunch of things to read!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on April 08, 2018, 03:53:59 AM
Not really happy, but makes me content: our second-hand bought composting bin is doing a good job with temperatures now being above 0C. When I open the lid and pour the contents from last winter around, the damp comes off. What lays under has already turned to black earth.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 08, 2018, 04:02:23 AM
Evening walks with my family.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on April 08, 2018, 05:11:32 AM
Not really happy, but makes me content: our second-hand bought composting bin is doing a good job with temperatures now being above 0C. When I open the lid and pour the contents from last winter around, the damp comes off. What lays under has already turned to black earth.

+1.  Compost in general makes me very happy.  I love the smell of a cooking batch of compost -- it's like the essence of life. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on April 08, 2018, 09:09:15 PM
Going for an evening walk with my wife and adult daughter, and happening to stumble on one of my favourite singers, Missy Higgins, doing a sound check the night before her concert at a local beach.  About 20 of us got a short impromptu concert, which we really really enjoyed.  Missy Higgins seemed to like our feedback too.  A pity the tickets were $140, or I may have been tempted to go to the concert.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Warlord1986 on April 09, 2018, 07:25:36 AM
I went to bed early last night and woke up refreshed and chipper. My cat curled up next to me and just as we were falling asleep, he gave one of those contented little sighs that completely melts my heart. :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on April 09, 2018, 01:34:36 PM
A good, not expensive meal, cooked by DH.

DH repaired a broken bifold door in our house by himself.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zolotiyeruki on April 09, 2018, 03:37:46 PM
DH repaired a broken bifold door in our house by himself.
In the same vein, fixing a major problem with an inexpensive part, without having to call a technician or tradesman.  For example, a week ago our water heater's relief valve started leaking severely.  A quick trip to the hardware store and a $15 part fixed it.  I was worried it would turn into an $800 water heater replacement at first.  It's 12 years old, so I also ordered a new anode rod.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: abhe8 on April 09, 2018, 03:59:58 PM
Practicing my violin! I played for 12 yrs, then took a 16 yr break, and am now getting back to it. I bought the Suzuki book and CD, but now so the practice I want is free.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 09, 2018, 04:51:36 PM
Much-needed rain.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: deborah on April 10, 2018, 04:05:20 AM
Much-needed rain.
I wish!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 10, 2018, 04:06:43 AM
Much-needed rain.
I wish!

No rain for grey haters.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: deborah on April 10, 2018, 04:10:38 AM
Much-needed rain.
I wish!

No rain for grey haters.
Hahahahahaha! Good one HaH!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Carrie on April 10, 2018, 06:38:28 AM
Practicing my violin! I played for 12 yrs, then took a 16 yr break, and am now getting back to it. I bought the Suzuki book and CD, but now so the practice I want is free.

Thanks for this. I need to dust off my old violin and see what I can do. If you have an orchestra nearby that could be a fun little side gig! I still have my suzuki books and my kid is learning piano (future accompanist! ), so no reason not to play again.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: FIRE Artist on April 10, 2018, 11:21:47 AM
Right now, spring cleaning and decluttering is making me happy.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on April 10, 2018, 11:10:16 PM
Much-needed rain.

We missed the rain too.  But Yay for cooler weather!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mspym on April 11, 2018, 02:09:17 AM
Finally hitting some cooler weather (25-28C!) and enjoying the fact that I am not in 7C torrential rain NZ right now.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: kei te pai on April 11, 2018, 02:30:34 AM
Spending the day in front of the fire, as we get hammered by the first winter storm! Its been very cosy.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mspym on April 11, 2018, 06:00:12 AM
Spending the day in front of the fire, as we get hammered by the first winter storm! Its been very cosy.

Nice! So not hit by the power disruption? [My sister has been]
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on April 14, 2018, 02:58:43 AM
Sitting on our terrace, out of the wind, in the thin springtime sun, in the morning, watching the birds and a squirrel.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: frooglepoodle on April 14, 2018, 05:30:31 AM
Pancakes for breakfast on Saturdays. Used up some sour milk and taste delicious!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on April 14, 2018, 07:07:36 AM
Seeing the first blue flowers growing where the snow is gone.
Sitting with DH on a dock at the seaside, in the sun with no wind, relaxing.

It won't take too long now before the forest  is snow free.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Basenji on April 14, 2018, 07:40:00 AM
Free walking onion and leek starts from neighbors
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: DouglasFir on April 14, 2018, 11:08:29 AM
My homemade chicken and vegetable curry with steamed rice and a nice bottle of craft beer for dinner.

A rum and Coke made with rum agricole, which is rum made from fresh sugar cane juice instead of refined sugar or molasses.

Eye contact, human touch, deep conversations. :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: pbkmaine on April 14, 2018, 01:01:46 PM
Chicken corn soup made with the chicken carcass and leftover meat from dinner last night, an onion, carrots, celery, frozen corn and herbs from my garden.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mspym on April 14, 2018, 07:07:20 PM
The cool breeze finally blowing away the particles from the controlled burn-offs.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: jengod on April 14, 2018, 10:24:09 PM
Carmelized onions and chickpeas with Maldon sea salt, made in my cast-iron skillet, is a cheap thing that makes me happy.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on April 14, 2018, 11:19:06 PM
Black coffee and a good book on a early sunday morning.   Today the book was "How Proust Can Change Your Life" by Alain de Botton".
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on April 15, 2018, 12:10:10 AM
Good advice and support from wonderful posters here.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on April 15, 2018, 01:01:58 AM
I got myself a mint and cilantro plant yesterday and potted them. Now they're waiting to be eaten while being green and leafy and providing me with oxygen in my little room :). I hope I'll be able to make them survive for long and get many many mint teas, curries and spring rolls out of them.

If I'm succesfull I'm planning to expand to basic and parsley as well.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mezzie on April 15, 2018, 02:37:58 AM
Butterflies. I just watched one emerge. ❤
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Raenia on April 15, 2018, 06:10:36 AM
I got myself a mint and cilantro plant yesterday and potted them. Now they're waiting to be eaten while being green and leafy and providing me with oxygen in my little room :). I hope I'll be able to make them survive for long and get many many mint teas, curries and spring rolls out of them.

If I'm succesfull I'm planning to expand to basic and parsley as well.

I planted a rosemary and oregano yesterday in a window box.  They make me happy ever time I enter that room.  Here's hoping they get enough sun in our little apartment!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on April 15, 2018, 06:52:19 AM
I got myself a mint and cilantro plant yesterday and potted them. Now they're waiting to be eaten while being green and leafy and providing me with oxygen in my little room :). I hope I'll be able to make them survive for long and get many many mint teas, curries and spring rolls out of them.

If I'm succesfull I'm planning to expand to basic and parsley as well.

I planted a rosemary and oregano yesterday in a window box.  They make me happy ever time I enter that room.  Here's hoping they get enough sun in our little apartment!

Same here! Though I've read that mint should be an easy one, the cilantro will be more tricky. My balcony is facing the north so not a lot of sun and on the west side window there's a building only a few metres away so I'm also afraid they won't get enough sunlight :(
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on April 15, 2018, 12:17:48 PM
I got myself a mint and cilantro plant yesterday and potted them. Now they're waiting to be eaten while being green and leafy and providing me with oxygen in my little room :). I hope I'll be able to make them survive for long and get many many mint teas, curries and spring rolls out of them.

If I'm succesfull I'm planning to expand to basic and parsley as well.

I planted a rosemary and oregano yesterday in a window box.  They make me happy ever time I enter that room.  Here's hoping they get enough sun in our little apartment!

Same here! Though I've read that mint should be an easy one, the cilantro will be more tricky. My balcony is facing the north so not a lot of sun and on the west side window there's a building only a few metres away so I'm also afraid they won't get enough sunlight :(

We have planted basil and chives seeds in the kitchen. I hope that when the 50cms of snow in the garden have melted away that the parsley we planted last year will come up again. But it is much better to have herbs in the kitchen, then the threshold for using it is much lower.

Last year we also had spinach in the garden, which worked well.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zeli2033 on April 18, 2018, 08:05:03 AM
DH and I love a good cup of coffee brewed at home. Our vice was to buy pricey coffee beans that delivered the perfect (to us) cup of coffee. But a little while ago, his coworker sold us a second hand large coffee roaster for a third of the normal price in perfect condition. Buying green beans from all over is SO MUCH CHEAPER, DH loves experimenting with roasting larger batches of coffee and it tastes absolutely divine.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: jengod on April 18, 2018, 09:03:01 AM
DH and I love a good cup of coffee brewed at home. Our vice was to buy pricey coffee beans that delivered the perfect (to us) cup of coffee. But a little while ago, his coworker sold us a second hand large coffee roaster for a third of the normal price in perfect condition. Buying green beans from all over is SO MUCH CHEAPER, DH loves experimenting with roasting larger batches of coffee and it tastes absolutely divine.

May I ask what roaster you use? I just use a popcorn popper and things get so smoky! I wonder if a roaster is less intense.

~~~

I'm grateful for the existence of fandom communities. Wonderfully talented people write about characters I love, and it's all available for free.

A whole category of cheap things I love is kitchen equipment from the thrift shop. I've developed a collection of durable midcentury cookware and some modern appliances from Goodwill, estate sales and even trashpicking. We live in an abundant world.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zeli2033 on April 18, 2018, 10:55:43 AM
DH and I love a good cup of coffee brewed at home. Our vice was to buy pricey coffee beans that delivered the perfect (to us) cup of coffee. But a little while ago, his coworker sold us a second hand large coffee roaster for a third of the normal price in perfect condition. Buying green beans from all over is SO MUCH CHEAPER, DH loves experimenting with roasting larger batches of coffee and it tastes absolutely divine.

May I ask what roaster you use? I just use a popcorn popper and things get so smoky! I wonder if a roaster is less intense...

We have been using the Behmor 1600 Plus Roaster: https://www.sweetmarias.com/product/behmor-1600-plus . It’s been great, incredibly easy for him to use and experiment with, quiet and does not turn our kitchen into a smoke pit.

He was originally using a small, handheld ceramic toaster which was fine but he had to make tiny batches at a time, there was chaff all over the kitchen and it was pretty smoky.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: jengod on April 18, 2018, 05:40:40 PM
DH and I love a good cup of coffee brewed at home. Our vice was to buy pricey coffee beans that delivered the perfect (to us) cup of coffee. But a little while ago, his coworker sold us a second hand large coffee roaster for a third of the normal price in perfect condition. Buying green beans from all over is SO MUCH CHEAPER, DH loves experimenting with roasting larger batches of coffee and it tastes absolutely divine.

May I ask what roaster you use? I just use a popcorn popper and things get so smoky! I wonder if a roaster is less intense...


We have been using the Behmor 1600 Plus Roaster: https://www.sweetmarias.com/product/behmor-1600-plus . It’s been great, incredibly easy for him to use and experiment with, quiet and does not turn our kitchen into a smoke pit.

He was originally using a small, handheld ceramic toaster which was fine but he had to make tiny batches at a time, there was chaff all over the kitchen and it was pretty smoky.

Thank you!!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on April 18, 2018, 06:38:39 PM
A batch of cottage pie (like shepherd’s pie but with good grass-fed ground beef), with a pound of turnips in place of a pound of potatoes in the mash layer to reduce the starch level. It was so good that I’ll do that from now on.

The sun came out for about an hour today.

Got a big box of sheet music for my summer choir (I’m the librarian so choir funds paid for the scores).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: frooglepoodle on April 19, 2018, 05:18:00 AM
A batch of cottage pie (like shepherd’s pie but with good grass-fed ground beef), with a pound of turnips in place of a pound of potatoes in the mash layer to reduce the starch level. It was so good that I’ll do that from now on.

That sounds delicious! I frequently use mashed cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes for shepherds/cottage pie, but it hadn’t occurred to me to try turnips. Cauliflower can be expensive out of season and hard to find not wrapped in plastic, while I can get turnips in bulk. :-)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on April 19, 2018, 05:50:05 AM
Taking a walk in the neighbourhood in the evening, picking up some garbage on my way home. I didn't plan it and didn't carry a garbage bag. Should be thinking about it next time.
The days are now getting very long, so I could start walking at half past 7 pm.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Frugal Lizard on April 19, 2018, 06:13:28 AM
Going to a slide show on native woodland plants that will grow in my garden.  Spring will come.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: CutTheFat on April 19, 2018, 08:28:25 AM
Finding treasures by thrifting, part of the fun and happiness is in the hunt!  It makes me happy to re-home items that may have otherwise become trash.  It makes me happy how inexpensivly I can make purchases.  It also makes paying retail espescially painful. It makes me happy that I find unique items that beautify my wardrobe and home. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MatthewK on April 20, 2018, 06:00:11 AM
Our bread machine purchased for $6 at the local Goodwill. It has made us numerous loaves of whole wheat bread and pizza dough. I also love how healthy it is with so few ingredients versus supermarket bread...and the aroma it gives off, nothing better then entering the house and smelling the bread baking!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BZB on April 20, 2018, 07:58:55 AM
When you're feeling a bit deprived in a no grocery spending month, and then realize you have a paid day off and all the ingredients to make chocolate chip scones. Mmmmm
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on April 23, 2018, 03:03:13 AM
Yesterday, for the first time in months, I had my first walk in a snow free forest not so far from my house. The first wild flowers had appeared and some green grass was starting to grow. It felt good.
I saw that the forest close to my house also is becoming snow free. Things are really going fast now.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: auntie_betty on April 23, 2018, 03:35:54 AM
Taking the rubbish out to the bins on the street (large communal bins in Spain) and walking back to the house, looking down thr road to the sun sparkling off the sea.

Been here over two years and it never ceases to make me happy - when I was in the UK I was 2 hours from the sea :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Freedomin5 on April 24, 2018, 06:53:58 AM
Helping a very lost elderly man and his equally elderly wife who doesn’t speak the local language find their way back home. Glad my parents made me learn four languages while growing up.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on April 24, 2018, 09:55:41 AM
DH spent his day in a useful way, finding a good looking second hand induction plate and oven, for 150 dollars. These are going to replace the old fashioned and partly broken electric cooking top and old fashioned dirty oven that we have in our muntain cabin.
The induction top was very dirty and according to the seller this couldn't be cleaned. DH managed to clean it anyway.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 25, 2018, 11:41:34 AM
Taking the rubbish out to the bins on the street (large communal bins in Spain) and walking back to the house, looking down thr road to the sun sparkling off the sea.

Been here over two years and it never ceases to make me happy - when I was in the UK I was 2 hours from the sea :)

That sounds amazing.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on April 26, 2018, 04:39:31 AM
Watching an interesting movie, borrowed for free from the library.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rural on April 26, 2018, 05:11:43 AM
Watching the sunrise from the home office my husband designed and built for me - nothing but windows on the south and east walls. Admittedly, the office was not cheap, but it's a sunk cost now, and sunrises are 100% free. :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Carrie on April 27, 2018, 08:04:24 PM
Wanted some irises in my yard, asked the neighborhood fb gardening group for resources and ended up with a neighbor sharing her plants for free. 1. I love sharing and generous neighbors 2. I now have yellow iris plants in my soggy corner of the yard. Landscaping my tiny plot of earth makes me happy.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MrMoneyMullet on April 28, 2018, 08:54:34 AM
The Decorah eagle cam: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/

Thanks for sharing! I checked this out yesterday afternoon and now I'm sucked into the drama of their lives! Dad disappeared a week or so ago and the human monitors just called off the search for him and think he's never coming back. An unidentified male eagle is hanging around now and is possibly the cause of Dad's disappearance.

This is way better than The Bachelor or whatever drivel is on network TV now.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on April 28, 2018, 09:22:47 AM
The Decorah eagle cam: https://www.raptorresource.org/birdcams/decorah-eagles/

Thanks for sharing! I checked this out yesterday afternoon and now I'm sucked into the drama of their lives! Dad disappeared a week or so ago and the human monitors just called off the search for him and think he's never coming back. An unidentified male eagle is hanging around now and is possibly the cause of Dad's disappearance.

This is way better than The Bachelor or whatever drivel is on network TV now.

I've been sucked in too -- I've spent countless hours watching the last week.  Personally, I don't think the unidentified male had anything to do with Dad's disappearance . . .  I don't know why he disappeared, but this is migration time, and it is no wonder if a passing male heard Mom's cries, checked it out, and found no male was around.  I would hang around too for that awesome territory at the fish hatchery, complete with a beautiful and accomplished female eagle. 

Those two eagles had such a great run of it -- 11 seasons of success raising their babies.  It is sad to see that ending, but the next chapter should be fascinating.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Sun Hat on April 29, 2018, 07:11:07 AM
  I would hang around too for that awesome territory at the fish hatchery, complete with a beautiful and accomplished female eagle. 

Thanks for the giggle! I had a brief mental image of you (what I imagine you to look like) perched atop a pine tree, eyeing up the lady eagle and hatchery. Today, my tendency to visualize what I read and hear is the cheap thing that makes me happy!

Yesterday I spent a beautiful, sunny morning driving a small motor boat along a river as I volunteered to act as a safety escort for some novice canoers. I brought my dog to complete the zen.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: chaskavitch on April 29, 2018, 08:13:12 AM
Listening to the birds in the flowering trees on my sunrise bike ride to work :) 

Also, not freezing on said bike ride due to our current warm weather blip.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: dandypandys on April 29, 2018, 08:29:31 AM
Hummingbird feeder -  Hummy and Spud are so cute
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 29, 2018, 10:17:31 AM
The look on my 11 year old's face when he made a huge save as keeper at soccer. . . that smile! The look of pride. Loved everything about it.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on May 01, 2018, 01:32:50 AM
Two years ago DH built a squirrel nesting case that hangs in a tree. Today there were two squirrels in that tree. One went in and out of the nesting case all the time. So maybe this year for the first time, we might get a nesting squirrel in it.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on May 01, 2018, 02:41:27 AM
Co-worker offering me chocolate.


I wonder how many times I've written this in the thread already :D
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on May 01, 2018, 02:49:21 AM
Co-worker offering me chocolate.

I wonder how many times I've written this in the thread already :D

I write "chocolate" in this thread over and over again!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on May 01, 2018, 02:50:09 AM
Baby having an extra long nap - I got so much done AND had a nice break with a cuppa :-)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zolotiyeruki on May 01, 2018, 09:52:44 AM
Last night I replaced a power steering hose on my car, thus deferring the need to purchase a new car by some number of months.  It cost about $20.  I get a rush out of fixing things. :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Tabitha on May 01, 2018, 10:27:01 AM
Walking to work in the sunshine. interesting work and pleasant colleagues.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: living small on May 01, 2018, 04:41:40 PM
Rediscovering a $50 home depot card which allowed DH and I to gather supplies for a small pathway project for around $20 out of pocket. That, and a beautiful day to do it on!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on May 01, 2018, 08:10:13 PM
It's finally spring! For dinner, I made refried beans, pico de gallo, and corn tortillas from scratch, along with fresh chorizo from the local Mexican grocer. We ate the meal outside on our patio and enjoyed the sunshine and warm breeze.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on May 01, 2018, 08:29:22 PM
Time with my Dad. I will likely outlive him by many decades; best to soak up all his awesomeness and love right now while we're both around to enjoy it.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on May 02, 2018, 04:38:05 AM
Yesterday I picked a whole basket full of wild garlic leaves. I have been chopping it in the kitchen machine and put a whole bunch in the freezer to be frozen en cut into useful size blocks. Another bunch has been made into pure. I put the flowers in vinegar/sugar, as an experience, to be used in salads.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: TheWifeHalf on May 05, 2018, 08:11:06 PM
Star Magnolias and daffodils
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mspym on May 05, 2018, 08:35:55 PM
Coming back home after being away and realising how great your life (and your own bed) is.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Serendip on May 05, 2018, 11:22:44 PM
Coming back home after being away and realising how great your life (and your own bed) is.
this is it.

plus..lake-swimming
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mspym on May 05, 2018, 11:56:39 PM
Coming back home after being away and realising how great your life (and your own bed) is.
this is it.

plus..lake-swimming

+1 for lake swimming.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Freedomin5 on May 06, 2018, 06:00:46 AM
The updated version of Your Money or Your Life is available as an eBook, and I’m second in line on the library waitlist. (The first version was only available as a hard copy, and I couldnt borrow it because I live overseas.)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on May 06, 2018, 06:03:14 AM
Waking up this morning to the sound of the wood thrush singing.  My favorite bird song -- so ethereal, so beautiful
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hula Hoop on May 06, 2018, 06:04:00 AM
Sorry this is OT but Freedomin5 how do you join a library when you live overseas?  I'd love to get free library books on my device from my home town library but I assumed I couldn't since I'm in a different country. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on May 06, 2018, 12:34:28 PM
I am currently doung a course of eating wild plants. Had my first course evening on Thursday. Yesterday and today I picked quite a lot of edible species that we are now trying out to eat, not too many at the time.

Downside about the course: the course book we got for free is the small book that I purchased last year. So now I have 2 similar books. I might put one at our cabin.

Other positiv thing: reading nice books from the library.

DH tried out his homebuilt packraft for the first time today and it worked well.

Going on a 4 day padling teip to Sweden on Thurday to Sunday. It is about 2 hours driving. We bring our own canoe and own dried trip food and sleep in our tent in the free nature. A reasonably priced trip.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on May 06, 2018, 12:56:32 PM
Learning to recognize trees. I have learned two new ones this weekend. I am using an app on my phone.
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Post by: Rural on May 06, 2018, 08:08:33 PM
Sitting on the porch and hearing nothing but birdsong, bugs, and the wind in the trees. We sometimes get a little road sound in the distance in winter, but nothing once the trees leaf out. The leaves muffle sound at a distance, I guess,
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Post by: Hirondelle on May 08, 2018, 12:46:12 AM
Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk <3
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Post by: jengod on May 08, 2018, 09:43:11 PM
Watching the honeybees forage on our borage flowers

Lemon-creme nasturtiums

Scrolling Twitter

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Post by: Linda_Norway on May 09, 2018, 12:44:59 AM
Taking up a sick day (which does not cost me anything at all). Yesterday morning I felt lousy and called in sick. Spent my day picking up a library book, studying several library books and taking notes of them, packing trip gear for a trip on Thursday, looking for mushrooms around my house, baking a pie of wild plants.

If was pretty tempting this morning to call in for a second sick day, despite for feeling fine. But as usual I have too much of a conscience to do that.
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Post by: Steve Ainslie on May 09, 2018, 03:17:47 AM
Walking around the lake in the park with my wife and dog.
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Post by: 10dollarsatatime on May 09, 2018, 10:05:25 AM
Sprouting seeds in the window.

Playing in the dirt... I'm headed out to till the garden this morning. :)
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Post by: Just Joe on May 09, 2018, 02:08:52 PM
Sent a history article to a nearby friend. He said "oh yes, I have a signed copy of the book the article referenced." Want to read it?

"Why yes, thank you."
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Gerard on May 09, 2018, 05:04:38 PM
Came back from 12 days' of travelling to find that all of our seeds have come up. I love those little ragged lines of different shades of green at this time of year.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mezzie on May 09, 2018, 06:31:39 PM
I love that because of Overdrive, a friend can recommend a good book and I can be reading it within minutes (for free! Or at least fir the small percentage of my taxes that funds libraries. :p).
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Post by: Mezzie on May 09, 2018, 06:33:01 PM
Learning to recognize trees. I have learned two new ones this weekend. I am using an app on my phone.
What app, @Linda_Norway ? I'd like to grt better at recognizing plants.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on May 10, 2018, 02:06:21 AM
Early morning, public holiday - black coffee and a coursera lecture on buddism and psychology.
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Post by: Hirondelle on May 10, 2018, 03:54:33 AM
Early morning, public holiday - black coffee with milk and a coursera lecture on buddism and psychology. good book

Sounds like we have similar desires today :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Freedomin5 on May 12, 2018, 08:53:33 AM
Sorry this is OT but Freedomin5 how do you join a library when you live overseas?  I'd love to get free library books on my device from my home town library but I assumed I couldn't since I'm in a different country.

@Hula Hoop   I have property (and hence property related bills) in my home country (Canada). Next time you’re in your home town, bring your bill with your home address to the library and request a card. If you have an old library card from when you used to live in your home town, you can just ask the librarian how to activate eBooks on your library account. In my case I had to link my card on OverDrive to the library.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Friar on May 12, 2018, 09:26:21 AM
Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk <3

Oh yes. A delightful luxury!
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Post by: Hula Hoop on May 12, 2018, 09:42:36 AM
Sorry this is OT but Freedomin5 how do you join a library when you live overseas?  I'd love to get free library books on my device from my home town library but I assumed I couldn't since I'm in a different country.

@Hula Hoop   I have property (and hence property related bills) in my home country (Canada). Next time you’re in your home town, bring your bill with your home address to the library and request a card. If you have an old library card from when you used to live in your home town, you can just ask the librarian how to activate eBooks on your library account. In my case I had to link my card on OverDrive to the library.

Thanks - I don't own any property in my home town but I do have a couple of bills with my dad's address on them..  When I'm back visiting this summer, I'll visit the library and see what I can do.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: jengod on May 12, 2018, 01:05:26 PM
I am currently doung a course of eating wild plants.

Purslane!!!
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Post by: Linda_Norway on May 13, 2018, 11:37:20 AM
Learning to recognize trees. I have learned two new ones this weekend. I am using an app on my phone.
What app, @Linda_Norway ? I'd like to grt better at recognizing plants.

@Mezzie A Norwegian app, called "Treslag i Norge". I recommand you to find something with English text.

I have another one called "picture this". I am not all friends with it yet. But worth trying out.
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Post by: CheapScholar on May 13, 2018, 03:38:20 PM
Old Navy flip flops.
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Post by: Aegishjalmur on May 15, 2018, 11:10:11 AM
Hummingbirds- we were at a camp in Gunnison CO and we had a hummingbird come check us out for a good 5 minutes, it investigated everything red in our campsite (including the car emblems) and we got some really nice views of him hovering within a couple feet of us. In general hummingbirds are fun, the sounds they make flying around we jokingly refer to as fighter planes on crack.

Birds in general, one of our campsites in NM had a tree where the vultures liked to nest so we had about 20 of them roaming around.  We also had northern cardinals and a desert cardinal(Pyrrhuloxia), Sand Piper's, cranes and several duck species. The Gunnison CO camp also had a Stellar's Jay that came and checked us out.

Scavenged items- walking the dirt road by our last camp netted us a few goodies 1) a small locking carabineer, 2) a working rear led taillight for a bike and 3) a brand new(no dirt or scuff marks) ratcheting tie down straps with 2 hooks that it looks like they overloaded and snapped the nylon webbing.





Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on May 15, 2018, 01:34:37 PM
Finding out that we have Garlic Mustard and Gound Ivy in our garden. I learned those yesterday at my course in edible weeds. Lovely to have a facebook group for edible plants where the admin very soon confirmed my pictures and termination.

I am currently drinking tea made from fresh ground ivy and it tastes nice.

I hope I can pick some more when we are back from our 5 day trip. Then I will dry some for tea. And try out fermentation of leaves for tea.

Unfortunately I am still working and I do not have the time to do everything I want with the plants.

The coming days we prioritize to go to the west coast, trying to see and photograph puffins in the breeding season. Camping cheaply, of course. And combining it with DH free diving for shells and fish. And foraging seaweed en kelp. We are still in a learning process about the seaweed.

I am bringing along a pile of library books about edible plants and how to recognize trees.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rural on May 15, 2018, 05:56:05 PM
Free workshop at the library today.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: pkygola on May 16, 2018, 03:53:30 AM
Hello,

I'm from India so my reply may not contribute as expected but I felt I should say something here....

The cheap thing, I am getting benefit from is my radio!

It entertains me, educates me and updates me........ I love the traditional radio more than today's FM radio and those radios are fixed with mobile phones.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on May 16, 2018, 05:07:51 AM
Good one, Pkygola.  We listen to our radio daily as well.

What's making me happy right now is listening to the rain falling.  It's falling slowly, but in drops not mist.  So it's making that lovely pitter-patter sound on the roof.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Raenia on May 17, 2018, 06:19:24 AM
That state when it's wet outside and all the greenery looks extra verdant and lush against the dullness.
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Post by: expatartist on May 17, 2018, 10:56:37 PM
Wow @Linda_Norway what does ivy tea taste like? Are the leaves fresh or dried? Sounds wonderful.

I'm enjoying a fresh crop of sprouts every couple of weeks. Gratifying and tasty treats from the sun.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: PNW Lady on May 18, 2018, 12:36:22 AM
Hearing my 10 year old DD squeal with delight when she gets home from school and smells fresh muffins that I baked (just to hear her squeal with delight!).

All the free content on YouTube (or the internet in general). As of late I am enjoying some 20 minute kettle bell workouts from an awesome trainer, as well as a math channel I found that does an amazing job of breaking down various match concepts (DD just started decimals).

Afternoon smoothie: almond milk, banana, date, cacao powder, almond butter, cacao nibs, spinach, cherries. Yum!!!!!

Currently sipping a delicious glass of red wine that I bought at a 20% discount for buying 6 bottles ($5.60 per bottle).

Library books.

   
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: HappierAtHome on May 18, 2018, 02:06:58 AM
A cup of tea made for me just when I need one.
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Post by: frooglepoodle on May 18, 2018, 04:37:24 AM
Toast on homemade bread and iced coffee while I listen to the rain.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on May 18, 2018, 04:43:31 AM
Toast on homemade bread and iced coffee while I listen to the rain.

Ooooh good one.
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Post by: spookytaffy on May 18, 2018, 10:49:06 AM
Fresh clean sheets after a long hot shower!
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Post by: bcbaseballman on May 18, 2018, 02:52:40 PM
Going on walks in the evening with my wife and two young sons. Normally go on about a 3 mile walk!
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Post by: madgeylou on May 18, 2018, 03:35:32 PM
Fresh clean sheets after a long hot shower!

That’s gonna be me tonight! 😊

Lately my favorite is walking through my neighborhood looking at everyone’s beautiful gardens.
The lilacs have peaked and the peonies are about to appear ❤️
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Astreja on May 18, 2018, 11:56:24 PM
Walking to the bus stop in the morning and hearing chickadees, robins and crows, and getting a friendly greeting from a neighbour's dogs.
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Post by: zolotiyeruki on May 19, 2018, 07:38:32 AM
That magical time of year when we can sleep with the windows open, and wake up to the singing of birds and a cool breeze.  Especially if it's a Saturday and we can snuggle back under the covers.
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Post by: Mezzie on May 19, 2018, 09:41:25 AM
Spending time with my tiny niece.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on May 21, 2018, 01:11:59 AM
Finally seeing rain in the forecast after a very dry month.
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Post by: mspym on May 21, 2018, 02:54:31 AM
The glorious sunsets we have been having lately.
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Post by: chaskavitch on May 21, 2018, 06:31:49 AM
Oddly, being sore the day(s) after lifting weights for the first time in a few months.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 21, 2018, 07:22:40 AM
Waking up after a good night's sleep. That feeling of waking up a few minutes before you need to be, because. . . you feel reasonably refreshed. This is particularly good as I'm between international business trips and my body is going to be super jet lagged again in another week.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Raenia on May 21, 2018, 07:46:22 AM
Waking up naturally a few minutes before my alarm clock.
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Post by: golden1 on May 21, 2018, 12:51:45 PM
Podcasts.  Yes, they require a smart phone or some other way to listen to them, but people are putting amazing content out there for free.

Great coffee.  I spent a little money up front for a good grinder, but now I get fantastic coffee for pennies a day.

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Post by: effigy98 on May 21, 2018, 01:06:55 PM
PC games like Path of Exile, League of Legends, Overwatch, etc... free to play, small hardware investment.

Seattle area:
20+ awesome lakes around me, swim, kayak, paddleboard, fish, etc
100s miles of bike paths
100s of miles of hiking trails
Snow in the winter for cross country skiiing, tubing, etc (very cheap).
5 libraries in biking distance. Super modern content, it is pretty amazing.
Low cost or even free training on any skill or subject i can think of
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on May 21, 2018, 01:55:48 PM
Wow @Linda_Norway what does ivy tea taste like? Are the leaves fresh or dried? Sounds wonderful.

I'm enjoying a fresh crop of sprouts every couple of weeks. Gratifying and tasty treats from the sun.

@expatartist: I used the plant fresh, including stilk, leaves and flowers. Difficult to decribe the taste, but it tasted smooth and warming and no strange after taste. I just picked some more to dry for future tea. My garden is full of this herb.

Yesterday I also picked some raspberry leaves and fireweed leaves to use in tea. Never tasted those before, so it is an experiment. Both are drying.

I also picked a bunch of rowan tree leaves. They can be used to cook in cream and make ice cream of it. Gives a nice nutty taste, like pistachio. I hope they will also work after drying.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on May 21, 2018, 02:05:40 PM
Just been on a camping trip. Sleeping in our tent on campsites, pretty low cost. Watching and photographing puffins birds and white-tailed eagle. And me snorkling and DH freediving and shooting fish to eat. Me foraging edible plants. We even ate some of it in the soup, sorrel and asian knotweed.
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Post by: koshtra on May 21, 2018, 03:24:49 PM
The sudden peal of laughter from my wife's office when she's struck by something comical on the internets. Makes me grin every time.
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Post by: Poundwise on May 21, 2018, 09:20:38 PM
Showing kids how to catch crabs at the beach with a mesh onion bag and some old lunch meat.
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Post by: radram on May 22, 2018, 06:07:16 AM
My daughter told me yesterday a red-tailed hawk was perched on our wood pile, about 100 feet from our patio door. I didn't even see see it, but was reminded of seeing 2 males fight for a female far above my head while I was in my garden a few years ago.

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Post by: Hirondelle on May 22, 2018, 06:27:00 AM
The €7 Asian food place close to my friends house. If we don't cook at home it's my favorite place to eat out around here :)
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Post by: tinaglass on May 22, 2018, 11:40:38 PM
List here. Come back as often as you like!
Evening walks, Weekend coffee, Reading books, Watching movies.
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Post by: lemanfan on May 23, 2018, 12:03:47 PM
Strong coffee on a sunny morning.
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Post by: lifejoy on May 24, 2018, 04:11:04 PM
Taking up a sick day (which does not cost me anything at all). Yesterday morning I felt lousy and called in sick. Spent my day picking up a library book, studying several library books and taking notes of them, packing trip gear for a trip on Thursday, looking for mushrooms around my house, baking a pie of wild plants.

If was pretty tempting this morning to call in for a second sick day, despite for feeling fine. But as usual I have too much of a conscience to do that.

My mom used to call those “mental health days” or “I’m sick of you people” days LOL!
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Post by: lifejoy on May 24, 2018, 04:12:03 PM
Early morning, public holiday - black coffee and a coursera lecture on buddism and psychology.

Oh cool! What’s the course called?
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on May 24, 2018, 04:13:22 PM
Sorry this is OT but Freedomin5 how do you join a library when you live overseas?  I'd love to get free library books on my device from my home town library but I assumed I couldn't since I'm in a different country.

@Hula Hoop   I have property (and hence property related bills) in my home country (Canada). Next time you’re in your home town, bring your bill with your home address to the library and request a card. If you have an old library card from when you used to live in your home town, you can just ask the librarian how to activate eBooks on your library account. In my case I had to link my card on OverDrive to the library.

Thanks - I don't own any property in my home town but I do have a couple of bills with my dad's address on them..  When I'm back visiting this summer, I'll visit the library and see what I can do.

I do this and don’t feel guilty - it’s good for library stats to have more users :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on May 24, 2018, 04:15:48 PM
Cheap sunglasses. Functional and not the end of the world when they get lost of broken.

An app called “one second every day”. It is delightful to link the 1-second videos and see my baby grow up! It was $7 which is expensive for an app but CHEAP for a baby-item, and the cost-per-use is very good. It delights me.

Free baby clothes. So many hand-me-downs passed along to us with love :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on May 24, 2018, 04:17:46 PM
Hello,

I'm from India so my reply may not contribute as expected but I felt I should say something here....

The cheap thing, I am getting benefit from is my radio!

It entertains me, educates me and updates me........ I love the traditional radio more than today's FM radio and those radios are fixed with mobile phones.

+1

I love radio. It has filled a void for me now and again, over the years.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on May 24, 2018, 04:18:58 PM
Good one, Pkygola.  We listen to our radio daily as well.

What's making me happy right now is listening to the rain falling.  It's falling slowly, but in drops not mist.  So it's making that lovely pitter-patter sound on the roof.

And this website for when I miss the rain: https://www.rainymood.com/
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on May 24, 2018, 04:20:44 PM
Toast on homemade bread and iced coffee while I listen to the rain.

“People in the country and the coast. They always ask, what do I like most?
I don’t wanna brag and I don’t wanna boast, I always tell ‘em... I like toast! YEAH, TOAST!”

Haha song I heard as a kid
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Post by: lifejoy on May 24, 2018, 04:21:19 PM
Fresh clean sheets after a long hot shower!

Omg the best... tied with warm fluffy towels after a long hot shower!
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Post by: Linda_Norway on May 25, 2018, 01:26:54 AM
Learning that caraway soup tastes very good.

On Wednesday my course group for learning to eat weeds, went picking edible weeds. Yesterday we went cooking them and made several dishes. The big surprise for me was the caraway soup, made from caraway leaves and root.  I made tempura wild flowers, which was also appreciated.

Where we picked the stuff, there grows loads of caraway. In earlier times people used to harvest it commercially for export. I will pick some more there, when I ever find the time... Working FT sucks. On the other hand, I have been doing this course in the evening. I could just as well go picking the caraway in the evening.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on May 25, 2018, 07:05:41 AM
Friday afternoon at work: free icecream paid by my boss, eating outside in the sun during working time.
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Post by: bucketsofrain on May 25, 2018, 09:16:38 AM
One of the regulars at the cafe/restaurant where I work brought me three homemade hot sauces yesterday. I love building community through food and am happy that he thought of me.
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Post by: Rowellen on May 25, 2018, 04:51:21 PM
Youtubing upbeat music and dancing around the house with my son and singing along (sorry neighbours).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Lichen on May 25, 2018, 06:08:32 PM
Unplanned hikes!
Went on a drive with my 13 year old and discovering a trailhead on state land tucked away on a dirt road we had never noticed before. The trail followed a beautiful little creek and ended at a lake we had previously believed had no public access points beyond a boat ramp.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on May 25, 2018, 09:15:53 PM
Old Navy flip flops.

Or - just any old flip flops. My current pair is really hanging in there. Just a cheap pair from a big box retailer before a vacation to the beach.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on May 25, 2018, 11:31:56 PM
Walking in very 'fresh' weather (slightly windy and cold).
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Post by: Gerard on May 27, 2018, 09:07:31 AM
Breakfast on the balcony, listening to birds, trying to identify everything we could smell (mock orange blossoms, petrichor, neighbour frying potatoes).

Free birding trips: http://www.torontobirding.ca/site/outings
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MedEvac Finance on May 27, 2018, 09:22:57 AM
landing a formation flight on an aircraft carrier with your old college buds while trying not to crash into each other or the ocean in microsoft flight simulator online.  A $25 game that has entertained for years!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on May 27, 2018, 09:32:35 AM
Early morning, public holiday - black coffee and a coursera lecture on buddism and psychology.

Oh cool! What’s the course called?

"Buddhism and Modern Psychology" from Princeton University.  This link hopefully goes to the right place:

https://www.coursera.org/learn/science-of-meditation/home/welcome
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: TheWifeHalf on May 27, 2018, 09:39:26 AM
$3 trees
I bought these 25 years ago for $3 each, and see them from the window I pass the most inside.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on May 27, 2018, 12:03:55 PM
A cool shower after a morning of yardwork in the sun and heat.

Also, the new Miss Kim lilac, Rose of Sharon bush, and hanging fuchsia in my yard (anniversary gifts from my parents).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on May 28, 2018, 12:06:51 AM
Nesting birds in the garden. Unfortunately only 1 out of 4 nesting boxes that we have hung up is occupied.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on May 28, 2018, 05:27:08 AM
My chickens make me incredibly happy.  They are funny, sweet, and interesting.  After five years I am still learning new things from them. 
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Post by: Teachstache on May 28, 2018, 09:55:19 AM
Sipping a glass of homemade blueberry mead on my patio after watering my veggie garden.
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Post by: Poundwise on May 28, 2018, 06:12:52 PM
Seeing roots on the mint cuttings that I stuck in a jelly jar.

Listening to my husband watching Talking Heads videos with my preschooler.

Hearing my oldest son's deep new voice upstairs (looks like he'll be a baritone).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rowellen on May 28, 2018, 09:47:07 PM
I received a fitbit as a gift. A friend who is a personal trainer has been including me in the various daily/weekly/weekend challenges. Turns out I'm quite competitive. I'm enjoying finding ways to get more steps in my day and try to beat strangers or my own goals. I've also discovered there is an option to do solo challenges to "hike" famous trails. When I get a certain number of steps I am rewarded with a beautiful scenic picture of places I'll probably never go. Adds a bit of interest to my otherwise boring and sedentary workday.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on May 29, 2018, 05:29:45 AM
The ability to get up early and bake a cake for tonight’s meeting before the weather turns hot (cake went in the oven at 7 am). A well-stocked baking cabinet and fridge, which meant that I could bake a marbled poundcake large enough for a crowd. I love baking. :)
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Post by: mspym on May 30, 2018, 09:05:19 PM
The ridiculously gorgeous clouds out my work window right now. More like a painting of clouds than real.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on May 31, 2018, 02:13:44 AM
We have a male bird in our garden, the European pied flycatcher (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_pied_flycatcher), that has been whistling like mad for many weeks around our nesting cases, trying to attract a lady bird. This morning I noticed a brownish bird coming out of the nesting case. So I think he has finally found a female. Yesterday evening I had noticed the male bird was not singing as usual.

We have had these birds before. One year, one of them didn't find a female at all and I felt very sorry for it. But this year, it is looking good, but I need to confirm it later today, as I am (wasting my life) at work.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Freedomin5 on May 31, 2018, 04:31:36 AM
I was on the library waitlist for the updated Your Money or Your Life ebook, and it’s finally my turn to read it!
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Post by: dandypandys on May 31, 2018, 05:46:41 AM
Facetime with hubs while we are apart this month. We just hang :)
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Post by: frooglepoodle on May 31, 2018, 06:07:49 PM
Library and park time with my kiddo.

Cooking the first broccoli of the season from our CSA box.

Kiddo wanted to sing a bedtime song to his little brother (in utero). My hormonal self may have cried a bit...
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Post by: Mezzie on May 31, 2018, 06:36:45 PM
Letting people know I care.
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Post by: OtherJen on May 31, 2018, 09:36:31 PM
Singing with my choir friends.
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Post by: Carrie on June 02, 2018, 04:41:41 PM
All of the flowers I have in bloom around my little plot of earth make me so happy. Today in bloom: Two different day lilies, gladiola, gardenia, hosta, strawberry, tomato, basil (need to trim those buds off!).

Picking herbs from my garden makes me so happy- this week I've made chimichurri from parsley & cilantro, Greek marinade from oregano, parsley, basil. I've got rosemary for my pork chop marinade today too.

Any successful diy project rocks my socks off. I'm so pleased when I save hundreds with just a little sweat & hard work (or a lot of sweat & hard work).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on June 03, 2018, 06:22:36 AM
DH ate the first strawberry from our garden today. It still tasted a bit sour, but the strawberries are doing well in these times with 28-30 degrees C.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on June 03, 2018, 08:37:20 PM
I was on the library waitlist for the updated Your Money or Your Life ebook, and it’s finally my turn to read it!

Oh good!!!!! I hope you like it. First time I read it and soaked up the ideas. The second time, I really did the steps and it was very satisfying.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on June 04, 2018, 12:34:40 AM
I was on the library waitlist for the updated Your Money or Your Life ebook, and it’s finally my turn to read it!

Oh good!!!!! I hope you like it. First time I read it and soaked up the ideas. The second time, I really did the steps and it was very satisfying.

I have checked, but my library doesn't have the book. :-( Maybe because it is a foreign language books, which they have fewer of.

On the other hand, I think I really have understood what I think is the concept of the book. Most things you spend your money on are not worth it, especially if working (FT) is negative for your health.
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Post by: OtherJen on June 04, 2018, 05:46:32 PM
Husband and I are enjoying the evening sunshine on our patio while watching the resident wild rabbit wash his face and snack on the lawn. We’ve already seen a robin chasing a squirrel out of a tree (much screeching from both parties) and a two-bird scuffle in the driveway.
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Post by: ElleFiji on June 04, 2018, 06:50:18 PM
The bath. With or without accoutrements
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Post by: flower_girl on June 06, 2018, 04:44:04 AM
Flowers, fruit, vegetables and other produce from our garden.

Looking down at our plates and knowing everything on the plate came from our own backyard.
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Post by: chaskavitch on June 06, 2018, 06:21:59 AM
Flowers, fruit, vegetables and other produce from our garden.

Looking down at our plates and knowing everything on the plate came from our own backyard.

@flower_girl That is the best! I'm so excited for all of our vegetables this year.
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Post by: flower_girl on June 07, 2018, 06:32:34 AM
Thank you @chaskavitch. Good luck with your garden.  The supermarket in your own backyard is definitely the best one there is IMO!
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Post by: auntie_betty on June 16, 2018, 03:58:47 PM
Seeing one of these beauties today, a Bee-eater :)
http://regnskove.dk/biaeder-som-rovdyr/
It flew across my path while I was driving and I had time to slow down and watch it perched on a branch :)
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Post by: Rural on June 16, 2018, 07:06:23 PM
First blackberries are ripe on the south-facing slope.
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Post by: ysette9 on June 16, 2018, 07:49:03 PM
We have discovered a picnic blanket under a tree in our back yard. Snacks, water, free-range short people, a book..... life is pretty great. It is even better when I can do naked baby time and watch the littlest try to eat grass with her baby bums on display for me to admire.
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Post by: Hirondelle on June 17, 2018, 04:04:10 AM
The alumni BBQ of my masters programme. It took me 3h by train and €20 to get there, but it was totally worth it. Definitely got the value of the €20 back in food and beer, but I would've gone for just the great company!
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Post by: OtherJen on June 17, 2018, 08:22:37 AM
My patio. It becomes another living/dining room from May to October and is the perfect place to relax with dinner and drinks on a summer evening, especially once the fireflies are out.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on June 19, 2018, 08:48:20 AM
My colleagues making things work out today despite lack of time and experience in the specific thing.

Holding a presentation for 6 strangers who were friendly and interested in the subject.
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Post by: dougules on June 21, 2018, 11:00:29 AM
My patio. It becomes another living/dining room from May to October and is the perfect place to relax with dinner and drinks on a summer evening, especially once the fireflies are out.

Yes.  This one may not be cheap for me, though, since I paid $700 for a patio couch.  I have really enjoyed it for 4 years and counting even when it is hot and humid. 

Another one is having blueberry bushes.  Delicious. 
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Post by: lemanfan on June 23, 2018, 12:54:42 AM
I'll say it again: Sharpening my kitchen knives. Spent an hour yesterday with the knives and the stones, and it's very mind relaxing in a meditative way.  And with noticable results, since the cooking session that followed was a pure joy of sharpness.

 
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Post by: Linda_Norway on June 23, 2018, 04:55:06 AM
Walking in a what we call 100-meter forest. This is just a river valley between housing areas. Lots of trees. I hadn't been there before, even though it was not far from home. It was nice and quiet.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on June 23, 2018, 05:34:49 AM
Walking to the nearest park to enjoy the winter sunshine.
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Post by: John Galt incarnate! on June 23, 2018, 03:45:27 PM
I've got a cheap,  solar-powered calculator that I bought new for $1.00 ~ 20 years ago.

It's made by  Canon

It makes me happy because it always works (no dead batteries).

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Post by: Mon€yp€nny on June 23, 2018, 04:50:30 PM
- Nature. I'm hoping to suck up some green tomorrow. Mother nature is such a great artist. Also love animals and enjoy them (although three swallows' nests under your roof means an incredible amount of bird poo next to your house).
- My kids
- music, movies, good TV series.
- repairing something myself or making something myself.
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Post by: middo on June 23, 2018, 06:12:33 PM
Public transport. So much cheaper than taxi or uber, and I learn a new city.
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Post by: lemanfan on June 24, 2018, 12:41:20 AM
Public transport. So much cheaper than taxi or uber, and I learn a new city.

But sometimes you feel really like the odd person out. Sitting on busses in Los Angeles or Atlanta made me feel really... not fitting in.  But I got where I wanted to get.
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Post by: kei te pai on June 24, 2018, 01:25:11 AM
I found a bunch of earlicheer growing wild on my walk this morning. Its wet grey winter here, but now the scent of spring fills the kitchen.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on June 24, 2018, 04:22:27 AM
Having a relaxed Sunday. Sleeping out, eating croissants, reading an interesting book outside in the sun. Knowing we painted the outside of the house yesterday, so today we deserve a day off.
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Post by: Lichen on June 24, 2018, 08:57:30 AM
Tide pools and summer evenings.
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Post by: Lauran75 on June 26, 2018, 11:49:18 AM
I found out today that I'm going to get to ride in an autonomous shuttle tomorrow. (driverless) Our city is getting to "test" this shuttle for ten days in our downtown area, but tomorrow is the pre-public testing day out at our university's campus. It also means that I get at least an hour off of work. :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rosy on June 26, 2018, 12:57:11 PM
Harvesting my garden and fixing three different dinners in one batch cooking event - incl. a soup with tons of greens in it, celery leaves and chopped celery, garlic chives, parsley - one of my plants reverted to what looks like a wild plant, peppers, fresh bay leaf - lemon thyme and a twig of rosemary while I cooked the chicken.
Made the kitchen smells delicious for two days:)
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Post by: OtherJen on June 26, 2018, 07:14:14 PM
Gluten-free (brown rice+millet) ramen noodles and rotisserie chicken from Costco. I bought both today, removed the meat, used the bones to make stock, and had ramen in stock topped with chicken and vegetables for dinner.

I recently (last weekend) watched a program about Japanese noodles and lamented the fact that celiac disease means no more traditional ramen. I'm so full and happy right now.
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Post by: Aegishjalmur on June 28, 2018, 09:40:35 AM
Birds- prior to retirement and starting to live full time in a van, I never really noticed the birds and their calls. Now, it feels strange to be in a city and not be able to hear the birds. I found out that Sandhill Cranes  have a call that sounds like a woodblock being played(tock-tock).  Hummingbirds sound like giant bumble bees or mini fighter jets.
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Post by: Teachstache on June 28, 2018, 05:03:03 PM
I found out today that I'm going to get to ride in an autonomous shuttle tomorrow. (driverless) Our city is getting to "test" this shuttle for ten days in our downtown area, but tomorrow is the pre-public testing day out at our university's campus. It also means that I get at least an hour off of work. :)

Me, too! But maybe we're in different cities...are you in Nebraska? I get to ride the shuttle during an unheard of 1 hour lunch break while listening to one of my professional heroes speak. Two days of free, excellent professional development, a free autonomous shuttle ride during lunch, & earning extra pay at an hourly rate to attend aforementioned professional development.
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Post by: frooglepoodle on June 29, 2018, 05:17:02 AM
Getting up early to have breakfast with my husband before he leaves for work and kiddo wakes up.

Watching fireflies.
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Post by: Aegishjalmur on June 29, 2018, 09:18:13 AM
Driving through the fog. Back where I grew up(Midwest) we would get it occasionally, but out in CO it is pretty rare( I think I have driven through the smoke from forest fires more often which is not nearly as cool).
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Post by: meall earraich on June 29, 2018, 11:02:44 AM
This is the best thread ever, totally cheered me up.

My favourite thing to do is reading in my warm, sunny conservatory with a cuppa and something home baked. Lots of little birds are busy in my garden too (summer here) and I love looking up to watch them as I sit there.
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Post by: OtherJen on June 29, 2018, 01:47:39 PM
The fresh apricots in today’s Hungry Harvest box are SO good.
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Post by: Gerard on June 29, 2018, 03:22:01 PM
Getting up early and riding to a big park to look at birds and "forest bathe" before the heat/humidity kicked in.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on June 30, 2018, 01:33:01 AM
Sunshine on a cold day.
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Post by: Dicey on June 30, 2018, 08:16:30 AM
We have discovered a picnic blanket under a tree in our back yard. Snacks, water, free-range short people, a book..... life is pretty great. It is even better when I can do naked baby time and watch the littlest try to eat grass with her baby bums on display for me to admire.
Ha! I had to read this twice. My first thought was, "Who left a blanket under ysette's tree and, ew, gross, why are they sitting on it?" Then I realized it was your fresh, clean blanket that your baby's cute buns were lolling on. Free-range, naked short people are the best. I hope ypu are taking pictures you can em-bare-ass them with later. Thanks for the chuckle!
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Post by: ysette9 on July 02, 2018, 01:00:59 PM
I realize my lack of sleep is translating into poor written skills. Sorry for the confusion! You are too generous to assume my picnic blanket is in fact clean. At this point it is pretty covered in random crumbs and baby drool. :)
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Post by: ysette9 on July 02, 2018, 01:03:05 PM
And yes, of course I am taking lots of photos of those naked baby bums! How can I not when she is currently so delightfully fat? There will be plenty of fodder for future admiration.... ;-)
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Post by: Mon€yp€nny on July 03, 2018, 03:41:24 AM
On Sunday, the kids made 'diamonds' with paper (just one corner folded in and a diamond pattern drawn on it). They wanted to hide their treasure in the garden but weven told them to bring them to the woods and that we would hide them there.
In the woods, the kids started to collect wood to build a hut and a fire. So we helped them build a hut and flame shaped leaves became their fire.
We hid the diamond three or four times for them and had so much fun. Had a nice walk too and saw the remains of an old castle. Always fun to try and figure out wich wall and room was what
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Post by: Linda_Norway on July 03, 2018, 04:02:20 AM
Strawberries:
- for free in the fruit bowl at work
- for free from our garden
- the small ones that grow for free alongs paths in the forest
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Post by: Mezzie on July 03, 2018, 07:08:35 AM
Pictures if my 3-month old niece and her adorable expressions. She's out of town right now, so I can't visit, but even the pictures fill my heart.
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Post by: Lauran75 on July 03, 2018, 12:42:37 PM
I found out today that I'm going to get to ride in an autonomous shuttle tomorrow. (driverless) Our city is getting to "test" this shuttle for ten days in our downtown area, but tomorrow is the pre-public testing day out at our university's campus. It also means that I get at least an hour off of work. :)

Me, too! But maybe we're in different cities...are you in Nebraska? I get to ride the shuttle during an unheard of 1 hour lunch break while listening to one of my professional heroes speak. Two days of free, excellent professional development, a free autonomous shuttle ride during lunch, & earning extra pay at an hourly rate to attend aforementioned professional development.

Yes, I am in NE :)

Last Friday I got to ride on the shuttle again, while I was volunteering at the shuttle site. 4 hours in the fresh air and lots of steps in!
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Post by: Gerard on July 04, 2018, 12:41:34 PM
The fact that nobody else in Toronto seems to realize that Saskatoon berries are edible and delicious. :-)
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Post by: OtherJen on July 04, 2018, 07:23:52 PM
A larger-than-average population of fireflies, decent live electric guitar music from one of our neighbors, and enough DIY fireworks shows in the neighborhood that we should have a decent view from our own backyard.
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Post by: 10dollarsatatime on July 04, 2018, 07:42:36 PM
Homemade iced tea that I can make to the exact sweetness level I like.

Summer breakfast - steamed zucchini and yellow squash from the garden with fresh eggs from my parents' chickens while sitting on the bench in the backyard.

Fireworks! (that I don't have to pay for...)  I'll be riding my bike over to the stadium tonight.  I'll be able to hear the concert pretty well, and the fireworks are better from outside on the lawn anyway.  AND. Since I'll ride my bike, I'll be home and in bed before most people have managed to escape the gridlock around the stadium.

Hot air balloon regattas... my city has one of these every 4th for three mornings.  I was only able to go to one this year.  I take the dogs and a contigo full of tea.  We wander around watching the balloon inflate and then take off.  And then the games!  They have to throw bean bags at targets on the field, and my favorite, they have to try to pop big helium balloons on tethers above the field with 3' sticks.  I look forward to this every year.
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Post by: D.O.G. on July 05, 2018, 07:25:38 AM
 I love this thread! It's actually a great exercise to train to appreciate the little things in everyday life more often that get so easily overlooked or taken for granted . . .

My hit list for today so far:

- the glowing smile on my little daughter's face when she brought home a good grade from school.

 - watching our Border Collie Cookie taking a refreshing bath in the little creek nearby after a walk in hot weather, lapping the clear, cold water while lying in the middle of it.

 - the prospect on our family holiday on the Isle of Skye in Scotland in upcoming August. Haven't been there in twelve years; back then I wasn't even a dad, this time it's the first time with our two little daughters (ten & eight years old)! Can't wait to show them my spiritual home away from home!

More to come!
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Post by: sixwings on July 05, 2018, 07:59:12 AM
I love this thread! It's actually a great exercise to train to appreciate the little things in everyday life more often that get so easily overlooked or taken for granted . . .

My hit list for today so far:

- the glowing smile on my little daughter's face when she brought home a good grade from school.

 - watching our Border Collie Cookie taking a refreshing bath in the little creek nearby after a walk in hot weather, lapping the clear, cold water while lying in the middle of it.

 - the prospect on our family holiday on the Isle of Skye in Scotland in upcoming August. Haven't been there in twelve years; back then I wasn't even a dad, this time it's the first time with our two little daughters (ten & eight years old)! Can't wait to show them my spiritual home away from home!

More to come!

I was on Skye in May and LOVED it! Super excited for you, it's such an awesome place.
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Post by: lemanfan on July 05, 2018, 08:12:06 AM
Walking through a park in a new city, hearing new sounds that are not traffic.

Petting a cat in the same park a little later.
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Post by: D.O.G. on July 05, 2018, 10:46:58 AM
I was on Skye in May and LOVED it! Super excited for you, it's such an awesome place.

Tank you very much, my friend! I think it is impossible not to like Skye! Been there at least six time, always by motorcycle. Don't know about your experience, but I was always very lucky with the weather. Let's hope it will be like that this time, too . . .
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Post by: Linda_Norway on July 06, 2018, 07:40:10 AM
Telling a second young colleague about the concept of not increasing your spending in the coming years when your salary will go up. And then saving so much that you can retire early. He seemed interested in the concept.
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Post by: OtherJen on July 06, 2018, 06:50:12 PM
It's the first day in a week that we haven't had a heat advisory or excessive heat warning. Clear blue skies and low humidity make me very happy.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on July 07, 2018, 02:03:48 PM
Making banana ice cream from leftover very ripe bananas from work.

The rain last night and the rain that will come on Monday. We have been in a period of extreme draught, extremely high risk of forest fire, farmer's land not producing grass, national airport soon out of water.

The north of the country has so long only had rain for months. We have only had sun and 28C since May or even earlier.
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Post by: Hirondelle on July 07, 2018, 02:12:29 PM
Visiting a park in the city that I hadn't been before.

The nice weather that seems to be neverending this summer. Am I really in the Netherlands?!

My favorite simple vegan curry recipe.
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Post by: Mezzie on July 07, 2018, 03:13:20 PM
Watching a great World Cup game (on TV) with friends.
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Post by: Hula Hoop on July 08, 2018, 10:08:34 AM
Going for a gelato with my 6 year old at the local gelato place.  Euro 1.60 a cone (3 flavors plus cream on top) and the most delicious gelato I've ever had.  They make it out the back with all natural ingredients. 
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on July 08, 2018, 02:53:29 PM
Days like today, my wife and i sat near the lake and watched our two youngest fished and had a few beers watching the boats , people watch etc..
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Post by: Raymond Reddington on July 08, 2018, 03:18:22 PM
free:
-going out for a walk
-a sunset
-getting rid of useless things in my house or on our property, bonus points if we can sell them. Being born and raised in NYC, other than family/friends and financial things, I value nothing more than uncluttered space.
-just being with my wife
-anytime I check my account balances and see I've earned money by doing nothing except saving/investing

cheap:
-a delicious homebrew or a bottle of wine that someone gave us as a gift.
-homemade dinner made by the wife
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Post by: Radiowave on July 08, 2018, 06:47:51 PM
Listening to smooth jazz on the radio.  So much good music!
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Post by: OmahaSteph on July 09, 2018, 10:00:26 AM
Watching people in my rearview mirror sing along with the radio with complete abandon. Totally makes me smile.

Weeding. No, really. It's mindless, meditative AND productive.

My kids going out of their comfort zones - trying a new food, taking on a leadership role they're a little scared of, reading a book they didn't think they'd like but end up joining the fandom :)

Used books.
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Post by: frooglepoodle on July 09, 2018, 02:15:31 PM
Impromptu picnic lunches with my son. I always keep a blanket or old beach towel in my car for just such occasions!
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Post by: Linda_Norway on July 10, 2018, 03:31:09 AM
Weeding. No, really. It's mindless, meditative AND productive.

I find weeding very difficult. We strew out seeds of wild flowers in our flower patch. How do I know the difference between a wild flower and a weed? And a weed is after all only a plant growing in an unwanted place.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on July 10, 2018, 04:26:23 AM
Getting a free diagnosis of our El Cheapo car. My colleagues has 2 theories. One theory we can check and repair ourselves, the other theory needs repair, probably by a professional.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mon€yp€nny on July 10, 2018, 04:15:49 PM
You know what made me happy the past days? How the whole world connected and cared about those boys and their coach in Thailand.  We should have a minute of applause worldwide, like we have a minute of silence when large disasters happen and people die. Applause for everyone involved, that they survived and that we finally agreed and cared about the same thing for once. Of course we should also applaud the diver that lost his life trying to save the boys. I have read there were 50 Thai divers and 40 from all over the world.
More positivism.
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Post by: OtherJen on July 10, 2018, 05:27:06 PM
I spent a lovely morning with an old friend and her adorable daughter.
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Post by: ElleFiji on July 10, 2018, 07:03:12 PM
Swimming swimming in my swimming pool
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on July 10, 2018, 08:22:29 PM
-Dinner outside with my husband, putting our patio table to good use
-Finally achieving a milestone. I haven't run consistently in years, and have been trying to get to three miles without stopping, so I can join my friends in our half marathon training. Did it today. Felt amazing!
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Post by: HappierAtHome on July 10, 2018, 11:06:06 PM
Taking my kid to the park.
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Post by: zolotiyeruki on July 11, 2018, 10:20:56 AM
Last week, watching our local July 4th fireworks.  From the deck I built last year with my own hands.
-Finally achieving a milestone. I haven't run consistently in years, and have been trying to get to three miles without stopping, so I can join my friends in our half marathon training. Did it today. Felt amazing!
Congrats on the progress thus far!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on July 11, 2018, 11:40:18 AM
Thanks, @zolotiyeruki !
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Post by: 10dollarsatatime on July 12, 2018, 08:31:55 PM
Taking my lunch to the park across the street from work every chance I get.  It's nice to get out of the building and nap in the government issue grass that's so much softer than my own!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MoneyMouse on July 23, 2018, 11:57:13 AM
Recently got a bike and have really enjoyed biking to work - I paid $5 for access to the building's bike cage, but I've been using the free rack just outside the cage more often since I can shave a few minutes off of fighting with the lock to the cage, ha ha! But it's nice to have a spot if I arrive too late for the free rack.

I get about 20mins of cardio a day from the ride, and I get free parking.

But beyond that, I've started enjoying more and more random bike rides. There's so many lovely parks and spaces near my house I never knew about when I drove around. Plus, I'm smack between two farmers' markets! I usually buy things when I go there, but there's times when I go where I don't spend a dime and I just enjoy the atmosphere, talk to my favourite vendors and cuddle all the dogs I can get my hands on.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: chiefsuave on July 24, 2018, 06:03:14 AM
Recently got a bike and have really enjoyed biking to work - I paid $5 for access to the building's bike cage, but I've been using the free rack just outside the cage more often since I can shave a few minutes off of fighting with the lock to the cage, ha ha! But it's nice to have a spot if I arrive too late for the free rack.



What was the biggest hurdle transitioning to biking to work? I've been thinking about for a while now.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on July 24, 2018, 11:24:57 AM
Re biking to work: Consider an ebike if you live somewhere hilly. Made such a difference for me.

Re cheap and happy: seeing our dog get SO EXCITED about a walk. She loves to walk and she also loves to jog along when I bike. After a recent bike repair I think she was more excited than I was to put in a mile or so.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MoneyMouse on July 24, 2018, 02:50:08 PM
Recently got a bike and have really enjoyed biking to work - I paid $5 for access to the building's bike cage, but I've been using the free rack just outside the cage more often since I can shave a few minutes off of fighting with the lock to the cage, ha ha! But it's nice to have a spot if I arrive too late for the free rack.



What was the biggest hurdle transitioning to biking to work? I've been thinking about for a while now.

Mine was honestly just getting a bike. I didn't want to spend $300 to get a new one. I ended up being able to use my mom's old bike.
I also bought a rack, panniers, bell, and helmet since I didn't have those.

From there, I took it out the first weekend I had it and did a dry run of the bike commute all the way to the bike garage.

I didn't do the whole "build up to it" that seems to be common advice. Mostly because bus tickets cost about $3 each and busing actually takes longer than biking. I have only done maybe one perfect 5/5 days of biking, but usually I bike 3-4 out of the 5 days. I sometimes still drive to work, but only if I'm super-late in the mornings. The commute home takes twice as long as the bike commute if I drive.

My commute is only 4km and 90% is either painted bike lane or separated bike lane. Going home, it's 50-100% depending on the route.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: chiefsuave on July 25, 2018, 04:17:16 AM
Recently got a bike and have really enjoyed biking to work - I paid $5 for access to the building's bike cage, but I've been using the free rack just outside the cage more often since I can shave a few minutes off of fighting with the lock to the cage, ha ha! But it's nice to have a spot if I arrive too late for the free rack.



What was the biggest hurdle transitioning to biking to work? I've been thinking about for a while now.

Mine was honestly just getting a bike. I didn't want to spend $300 to get a new one. I ended up being able to use my mom's old bike.
I also bought a rack, panniers, bell, and helmet since I didn't have those.



Stateside I live in Northern NY where it snows a lot and temps are not ideal but still worth a shot. Especially during the nice summer months.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Hirondelle on July 30, 2018, 12:14:38 AM
Seeing a guy across the street picking up trash :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on July 30, 2018, 05:46:50 AM
Family reunions. This one was probably the last with a favorite uncle (cancer sucks), but he was feeling well enough to come out for the whole day and it was wonderful to see him. I also had the happy surprise of spending time with my last living great-uncle and great-aunt, both of whom are in their mid-80s and don't always make it to events.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zolotiyeruki on July 30, 2018, 07:47:12 AM
Family reunions. This one was probably the last with a favorite uncle (cancer sucks), but he was feeling well enough to come out for the whole day and it was wonderful to see him. I also had the happy surprise of spending time with my last living great-uncle and great-aunt, both of whom are in their mid-80s and don't always make it to events.
So much this.  My parents always regretted the fact that my siblings and I didn't know our cousins very well, so they have sponsored biannual reunions to help us all reconnect and make sure the cousins get to spend time together.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on July 30, 2018, 08:26:23 AM
Family reunions. This one was probably the last with a favorite uncle (cancer sucks), but he was feeling well enough to come out for the whole day and it was wonderful to see him. I also had the happy surprise of spending time with my last living great-uncle and great-aunt, both of whom are in their mid-80s and don't always make it to events.
So much this.  My parents always regretted the fact that my siblings and I didn't know our cousins very well, so they have sponsored biannual reunions to help us all reconnect and make sure the cousins get to spend time together.

It's a great tradition. We've been doing ours since 1945 (my dad's cousin remembered hearing that WWII had ended on route to the first reunion). I admit to getting a little misty watching the littles take turns at the piñata because I remember doing that with my cousins 30-odd years ago, and my dad did the same 60-odd years ago.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MoneyMouse on July 30, 2018, 09:47:57 AM
Stateside I live in Northern NY where it snows a lot and temps are not ideal but still worth a shot. Especially during the nice summer months.

I'm up in Western Canada, so we get about 7ish months of cold weather and sometimes snow (I feel like our recent winters have been pendulum-ing between thick fluffy snow Oct-May or a brown Christmas and frigid slush from January to May, the former is my favourite and the latter my bane).

I'm enjoying our super-sunny summertime right now, but come October I expect it to be colder. I do much prefer sweater weather, so the October-November months I think will be fun. I worry a bit about snow, but this winter I chatted with a cashier at my local store who bikes in and she recommended I just let out air in my tires for some extra grip. I'll have to plan for a longer bike commute, but I want to try it out.

I did walk to work in the winter when I first moved to my new place, and it's a nice walk in winter. I find it not too bad, especially since I bought new boots and a coat last winter.

My plan is to bike/walk as much as I can and only take the bus or my car if it's really, really horrible. Considering busing to work is the same cost as parking, it's not much of financial savings over driving.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: jengod on July 30, 2018, 12:49:56 PM
Watch the hummingbirds drink nectar from the lavender.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Fishindude on July 30, 2018, 01:19:39 PM
A skype conversation with our grand kids every morning.
Watching the birds, deer, turkeys, rabbits and other wildlife out the window.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on July 30, 2018, 02:02:02 PM
An unexpected meeting with and old friend while walking through the city.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mezzie on July 30, 2018, 03:50:58 PM
Time with my husband. We work opposite hours, so a whole day together is a rare treat.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: 2Birds1Stone on August 01, 2018, 11:38:43 AM
Walking three miles round trip during lunch time to grab a giant $1 iced coffee from McD's, the weather has been pretty awesome lately for walks.

My coworkers are starting to question why I'm so tan when they see me.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on August 01, 2018, 05:19:56 PM
-Meditating. I'm just getting started, but the peaceful time is really amazing
-Convincing team members to do a walking meeting vs sitting at a desk. For all of my 1:1s, I try to do walking meetings. It's great to get a smidge of exercise, but I also find it makes conversations easier
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on August 01, 2018, 05:41:01 PM
Free morning teas, lunches and after work drinks.  My lunch will still be good today after yesterdays freebies.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BeautifulDay on August 01, 2018, 09:54:27 PM
Knowing I have cash in the bank for a rainy day.
Puppy cuddles.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Exflyboy on August 01, 2018, 11:06:21 PM
People watching!

Watching young people flirt and remembering my youth with a mixture of fondness and horror..:)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zolotiyeruki on August 02, 2018, 07:43:17 AM
Watching young people flirt and remembering my youth with a mixture of fondness and horror..:)
I'm with you there.  We just got back from a family reunion, and after spending time with the college-aged kids, I am SO glad I don't have to "play the game" any more.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Exflyboy on August 02, 2018, 12:19:44 PM
And lets hope neither of us ever have to.. I wouldn't have a clue now..:)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on August 03, 2018, 07:41:12 AM
Recently got a bike and have really enjoyed biking to work - I paid $5 for access to the building's bike cage, but I've been using the free rack just outside the cage more often since I can shave a few minutes off of fighting with the lock to the cage, ha ha! But it's nice to have a spot if I arrive too late for the free rack.



What was the biggest hurdle transitioning to biking to work? I've been thinking about for a while now.

Getting over my fear of the cars I shared the road with. We don't have good roads for bicycling here. Seldom a shoulder, never a bike lane, no paths. The ride in to work was a deal killer partly b/c I was out of shape, partly b/c it is so hilly. On the plus side anyone doing that ride would be ready for bike competitions in just a few short months.

I went with an ebike kit and added it to my bike. Big improvement. Now I can maintain 15 mph most of the time and don't feel as vulnerable on the hills where I was walking or making 2mph in granny low gear. Plus I arrive in decent condition to work rather than needing time to recover.

Bonus: talk to other people. Just recently I had a conversation with a neighbor who keeps different hours but works near me. He told me about a whole different route that I knew about but never considered bicycling. Yep, lots better. A couple segments that I expected to be scary (big roads) aren't b/c the traffic is far lower volumes than I expected.

My fitness has improved slowly with the ebike as I have reduced the motor boost and slowly gotten stronger. I haven't lost much weight surprisingly. Show me that my evening meal/snacks are the problem b/c my breakfast and lunches are light.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on August 03, 2018, 07:43:54 AM
Stateside I live in Northern NY where it snows a lot and temps are not ideal but still worth a shot. Especially during the nice summer months.

I'm up in Western Canada, so we get about 7ish months of cold weather and sometimes snow (I feel like our recent winters have been pendulum-ing between thick fluffy snow Oct-May or a brown Christmas and frigid slush from January to May, the former is my favourite and the latter my bane).

I'm enjoying our super-sunny summertime right now, but come October I expect it to be colder. I do much prefer sweater weather, so the October-November months I think will be fun. I worry a bit about snow, but this winter I chatted with a cashier at my local store who bikes in and she recommended I just let out air in my tires for some extra grip. I'll have to plan for a longer bike commute, but I want to try it out.

I did walk to work in the winter when I first moved to my new place, and it's a nice walk in winter. I find it not too bad, especially since I bought new boots and a coat last winter.

My plan is to bike/walk as much as I can and only take the bus or my car if it's really, really horrible. Considering busing to work is the same cost as parking, it's not much of financial savings over driving.

Add fenders to your bike if you don't have any. Keeps the road grime off of you. Planet Bike makes some universal fit fenders that have served me well.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Mezzie on August 03, 2018, 11:14:42 AM
Discovering a cool hidden gem of a park in the middle of a residential area.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Fomerly known as something on August 03, 2018, 01:16:59 PM
Having a refrigerator in your room when you are away on business.

Followed up with finding a reason anyone would pay money for hard boiled peeled eggs vs a box of eggs.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on August 03, 2018, 01:32:06 PM
A snack of raw almonds, dark chocolate, and a fresh orange.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Antonn Park on August 06, 2018, 05:35:45 PM
Walking my dog a few times a day.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lifejoy on August 06, 2018, 08:13:06 PM
Discovering poems on the radio.
Trusting strangers on the internet.
Reading great books from the MMM best book ever thread.
Taking pictures of my cute kid.
The feeling of freshly-brushed hair.
Playing speed scrabble.
Pumpkin pancakes.

Life is good :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on August 06, 2018, 08:15:53 PM
Being caught in a torrential downpour. I didn't have to go anywhere but home, and it felt good after such a hot humid day. Plus, my skinny jeans and canvas shoes were so completely drenched that hilarity ensued.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: clarkai on August 06, 2018, 09:30:32 PM
Making pesto with basil from my garden.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mspym on August 06, 2018, 10:10:40 PM
Going for a walk and discovering a whole new library I had no idea existed.

@Exflyboy Gosh yes, I really enjoy watching the Youth of Today smacking into the world- they're great and I am *so pleased* to have moved on from that stage. Bless'em.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on August 07, 2018, 07:49:12 PM
Voting. Today was primary Election Day in my state, and my US House district will finally have representation again (we’ve been unrepresented in DC since December).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MrFancypants on August 08, 2018, 12:30:58 AM
So my toddler and I have a game we started a long time ago where I cover his face and enthusiastically ask “where’s the baby?!?!” followed by removing the cover and saying “there he is!!!”  Later we stopped saying “baby” and started using his name as a way to teach him that, anyway....  now he’s talking, and we still play the game except when he pulls the cover off his head HE says “there he is!!!” and it hits so hard in the heart that I can’t make myself correct him.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: chaskavitch on August 08, 2018, 06:19:53 AM
So my toddler and I have a game we started a long time ago where I cover his face and enthusiastically ask “where’s the baby?!?!” followed by removing the cover and saying “there he is!!!”  Later we stopped saying “baby” and started using his name as a way to teach him that, anyway....  now he’s talking, and we still play the game except when he pulls the cover off his head HE says “there he is!!!” and it hits so hard in the heart that I can’t make myself correct him.

This is the cutest, and I'm going to be so sad the day our toddler doesn't want to play peekaboo like this anymore <3
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on August 08, 2018, 07:19:43 AM
So my toddler and I have a game we started a long time ago where I cover his face and enthusiastically ask “where’s the baby?!?!” followed by removing the cover and saying “there he is!!!”  Later we stopped saying “baby” and started using his name as a way to teach him that, anyway....  now he’s talking, and we still play the game except when he pulls the cover off his head HE says “there he is!!!” and it hits so hard in the heart that I can’t make myself correct him.

This is the cutest, and I'm going to be so sad the day our toddler doesn't want to play peekaboo like this anymore <3

This made me smile, and remember happy times with our kids when they were younger (they're 12 and 15 now).  When I see pictures of them as toddlers my heart aches.  And yet -- I have to say that I absolutely love each successive stage, and I would not go backward for anything.  Each age really is more wonderful than the last.  Seeing a child bloom all the way from birth to adulthood, with all of life's ups and downs, is the best thing in life.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on August 08, 2018, 08:35:51 AM
The weather has cooled off after several days of high heat and humidity. It's cool and breezy this morning and one of my neighbors apparently has a wood fire going, so the breeze blowing in my window smells like camping in Northern Michigan (i.e., my happy place).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: clarkai on August 08, 2018, 08:38:33 AM
Waking up an hour earlier than I have been so far this summer; it gives me more time to get stuff done before the blazing sunshine hits. Which, in turn, makes me feel more successful and productive.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MrFancypants on August 08, 2018, 03:28:10 PM
So my toddler and I have a game we started a long time ago where I cover his face and enthusiastically ask “where’s the baby?!?!” followed by removing the cover and saying “there he is!!!”  Later we stopped saying “baby” and started using his name as a way to teach him that, anyway....  now he’s talking, and we still play the game except when he pulls the cover off his head HE says “there he is!!!” and it hits so hard in the heart that I can’t make myself correct him.

This is the cutest, and I'm going to be so sad the day our toddler doesn't want to play peekaboo like this anymore <3

This made me smile, and remember happy times with our kids when they were younger (they're 12 and 15 now).  When I see pictures of them as toddlers my heart aches.  And yet -- I have to say that I absolutely love each successive stage, and I would not go backward for anything.  Each age really is more wonderful than the last.  Seeing a child bloom all the way from birth to adulthood, with all of life's ups and downs, is the best thing in life.

It's pretty amazing.  You have one of those "how can it get better than this?" moments and then you notice your kid trying to sing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' with their tiny voice and toddler enunciation and you're back to "awwwwww!!!"
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on August 13, 2018, 07:51:36 AM
Last week we were at our cabin. I found lots of mushrooms. Finally, after a long summer of draught. I also did a mushroom trip with a beginner who lives locally and who really appreciated it.

There were lots of Penny Buns (Boletus Edulis and Boletus pinophilus). I didn't have my food dryer there, but I used the oven to dry a lot of them. Maybe I'll sell some as a side-hustle. I have ordered nice plastic bags to sell them in.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on August 14, 2018, 09:45:39 AM
Walking my dog a few times a day.

Your canine friend would prob say that this is their favorite cheap activity too. ;)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on August 14, 2018, 09:49:13 AM
So my toddler and I have a game we started a long time ago where I cover his face and enthusiastically ask “where’s the baby?!?!” followed by removing the cover and saying “there he is!!!”  Later we stopped saying “baby” and started using his name as a way to teach him that, anyway....  now he’s talking, and we still play the game except when he pulls the cover off his head HE says “there he is!!!” and it hits so hard in the heart that I can’t make myself correct him.

This is the cutest, and I'm going to be so sad the day our toddler doesn't want to play peekaboo like this anymore <3

This made me smile, and remember happy times with our kids when they were younger (they're 12 and 15 now).  When I see pictures of them as toddlers my heart aches.  And yet -- I have to say that I absolutely love each successive stage, and I would not go backward for anything.  Each age really is more wonderful than the last.  Seeing a child bloom all the way from birth to adulthood, with all of life's ups and downs, is the best thing in life.

Hear! Hear! Child rearing is not however a cheap thing... ;)

We're at the stage where the eldest teen is hardly home anymore. On the cusp of moving out.

We'd gladly time travel to get an evening of little kid time again. Nothing permanent b/c we too have enjoyed each stage. Now has been fun too.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Freedomin5 on August 19, 2018, 04:01:26 AM
The view of the lake through the trees from our cottage.

Picking wild raspberries.

Hot running water for a shower (this one made me very happy after spending a week in a rural village in China with no running water)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on August 19, 2018, 04:14:19 AM
Long trail run yesterday with my kids.

Listening to a screech owl singing in the pre-dawn hours.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on August 19, 2018, 05:08:34 AM
Sorting my tools.  Also found a decent toolbox for sale at a heavily discounted price.  :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on August 20, 2018, 05:48:20 AM
Apple cake. I made one from leftover apples in the office. Spent approx. 1,5 $ on the cake.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Sun Hat on August 21, 2018, 08:08:51 AM
A fragrant, crispy apple from my little tree. I haven't had such a good apple in ages. The tree only produced 10 or so, but I'll spend the day giving them to friends and family, as they're too good to keep to myself. Well, maybe one more for breakfast...
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Goodidea on August 22, 2018, 07:50:12 PM
A handwritten note from my wife. Even if it's a few words scribbled on the back of an envelope, it makes me smile.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on August 22, 2018, 09:40:58 PM
A lunchtime walk, that meant I could meet with my wife who works nearby and chat for a while.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on August 23, 2018, 01:21:15 AM
The daily page in the cartoon calendar that we have on the dining table. BIL gave that to my DH as a Christmas present. It has office-jokes.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Gyosho on August 23, 2018, 09:39:34 AM
PERFECTLY peeled and hard-cooked eggs from Trader Joe's.

$2.99 for 6.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on August 24, 2018, 01:46:13 AM
I'm going to a free festival in the city tomorrow, using DH's train ticket. DH will drive as a passenger in someone else's car. I will meet a friend who lives in the city and who has been trying to meet me.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on August 24, 2018, 05:31:49 AM
So I am 100 work days from FIRE now.  I borrowed an idea from forum member Okcisok, and printed off a free coloring page showing a lovely beach scene.  I numbered the sections from 1 to 100, and each day I color in a section.  So much fun.  I'm taking a picture each day too, so at the end we can combine them into a happy little fill-in-the-color video.  :)

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on August 24, 2018, 06:19:43 AM
So I am 100 work days from FIRE now.  I borrowed an idea from forum member Okcisok, and printed off a free coloring page showing a lovely beach scene.  I numbered the sections from 1 to 100, and each day I color in a section.  So much fun.  I'm taking a picture each day too, so at the end we can combine them into a happy little fill-in-the-color video.  :)

Congrats. A 100 days, that is just a little over 3 months!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Dicey on August 24, 2018, 07:03:29 AM
Having a refrigerator in your room when you are away on business.
Followed up with finding a reason anyone would pay money for hard boiled peeled eggs vs a box of eggs.
PERFECTLY peeled and hard-cooked eggs from Trader Joe's.
$2.99 for 6.
Hmmm...
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on August 24, 2018, 07:25:32 AM
So I am 100 work days from FIRE now.  I borrowed an idea from forum member Okcisok, and printed off a free coloring page showing a lovely beach scene.  I numbered the sections from 1 to 100, and each day I color in a section.  So much fun.  I'm taking a picture each day too, so at the end we can combine them into a happy little fill-in-the-color video.  :)

Congrats. A 100 days, that is just a little over 3 months!

Thanks Linda!  Well, it's 100 work days . . . so a bit longer.  But yes getting closer!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Gyosho on August 24, 2018, 09:52:40 AM
Having a refrigerator in your room when you are away on business.
Followed up with finding a reason anyone would pay money for hard boiled peeled eggs vs a box of eggs.
PERFECTLY peeled and hard-cooked eggs from Trader Joe's.
$2.99 for 6.
Hmmm...

I was hungry. I didn't have time to cook the eggs myself. They were $2.99 for 6, which, at 2 eggs per meal, equals 50 cents a meal, ALREADY COOKED AND PREPARED.

Those eggs made me really happy.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElleFiji on August 24, 2018, 10:36:49 AM
Rest days
Kitten snores
Baked beans
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Stachey on August 24, 2018, 10:45:19 AM
Sitting in the park on a beautiful summer day.
Listening to the birds. Petting the cat that wandered by.
Nowhere I had to be ... just sitting and relaxing.
Bliss.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on August 24, 2018, 12:35:16 PM
Taking a short hike in the forest close to my house. It is extremely dry, but I went to the narrow crevasse that is a bit humid and found a few edible mushrooms that we had for dinner. Also found a new species compared to last weekend.

During dinner we saw an amazing rainbow.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: sequoia on August 24, 2018, 10:42:07 PM
I bought one of those basketball hoop that you usually see in the backyard. The kid (an aspiring NBA player haha) and I been playing one on one  everyday as long as it is not raining outside.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: ElleFiji on August 29, 2018, 06:52:47 AM
Hummus
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on August 29, 2018, 09:47:18 AM
Wife's apple pie. Wow she makes the best. I only ask for one maybe twice a year. I married such a smart lady. She's taught me how to cook enough to keep me and kids fed on nights when she is traveling for work. Nobody's died from my cooking yet but I'm more adventurous than the kids' palates still so I can't go wild in the kitchen.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zeli2033 on August 31, 2018, 04:51:56 PM
Home-roasted coffee in the afternoon. It might keep me up too late into the evening but DH roasts and brews a mean batch of coffee...
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on August 31, 2018, 07:06:43 PM
Re-reading a good book you haven't read in a few years.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zeli2033 on September 01, 2018, 08:05:21 AM
Re-reading a good book you haven't read in a few years.

+10.

On a related note, now that the weather is slowly indicating a change to fall, I'm looking forward to re-reading all of Harry Potter as another cheap thing that makes me happy. The change in seasons kicks off the desire to re-read something nostalgic while bundled up in my well-loved robe and cozy socks with a warm beverage at my side. *swoon*
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on September 01, 2018, 03:02:00 PM
Local apples with peanut butter.
Thunderstorms.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: PiobStache on September 01, 2018, 03:17:18 PM
Happy hour deals make me  happy.  $4 top shelf vodka martinis?  I know where I'll be in an hour.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: sequoia on September 01, 2018, 05:05:13 PM
Been wanting to have a rain barrel but too cheap to buy the barrels lol. We happen to stumble a local company who was giving away 50 gallon plastic barrels (used to store some sort of sauce) last week.

I been watching youtube trying to figure out the best (and cheapest) way to divert water from our gutter.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Exflyboy on September 01, 2018, 09:51:51 PM
Our local car wash gives away its 55 gallon plastic drums that the car wash soap is shipped in. The drums are very stout.. I have aquired about 6 of them in recent years.

One of them I use as the tank on my homebuilt boom sprayer attachment for our tractor..:)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on September 02, 2018, 05:06:27 AM
Been wanting to have a rain barrel but too cheap to buy the barrels lol. We happen to stumble a local company who was giving away 50 gallon plastic barrels (used to store some sort of sauce) last week.

I been watching youtube trying to figure out the best (and cheapest) way to divert water from our gutter.

We also got a barrel for free and did this with a kit we bought on line from EarthMinded for $30.  If you do that, be sure to buy a separate metal spigot, as the plastic one that comes with the kit is flimsy.  All-in it was about $45 bucks for us.  Works great.   
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BZB on September 02, 2018, 03:19:21 PM
Reading The Boys in the Boat while enjoying breakfast and a full French press of coffee on my balcony this morning
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: jengod on September 02, 2018, 09:45:32 PM
Reading through the ASOIAF books for the first time after being a fan of the GOT TV show for years
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on September 02, 2018, 11:57:16 PM
Finding a shitload of penny buns in the forest near our cabin. The 9-layer drying machine is running on full.

Meeting a local person for the second time, teaching her which mushrooms are safe to eat. We got along pretty well.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on September 04, 2018, 07:49:40 PM
Home made espresso in a keep cup - enjoyed it on the way to work and didn't need to buy a coffee.  Thousands of dollars saved each year.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BookLoverL on September 06, 2018, 03:05:09 PM
I went on a two hour walk with my friend yesterday, up and back down a local hill, which has a tower at the top. Beautiful day, beautiful view, excellent company. Cost: 0.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: NV Teacher on September 06, 2018, 07:03:01 PM
A really fresh Snickers bar, a bag of hot buttery microwave popcorn, and an interesting show on PBS.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on September 07, 2018, 12:34:03 AM
We've been working hard on our house renovation.  Our house is half gutted, everything is disrupted, and we've fallen way behind in housekeeping.  I've been using the same increasingly dirty bath towel all week.

Last night when I got home from work I found my kids had done a load of whites, and I had a clean fluffy towel for my shower in the morning.  It made me so happy.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Gone Fishing on September 07, 2018, 02:48:42 AM
Our local car wash gives away its 55 gallon plastic drums that the car wash soap is shipped in. The drums are very stout.. I have aquired about 6 of them in recent years.

One of them I use as the tank on my homebuilt boom sprayer attachment for our tractor..:)

Be careful with those, that "soap" is pretty strong stuff.  I got one with some dregs, so I poured them out on the asphalt and it started dissolving the pavement!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Candace on September 07, 2018, 07:52:13 AM
I bought glass dishes at the thrift shop for the cat food and water bowl. The plate cost about $1 and the bowl about $2.30. They look fancy to me because they're cut glass with cool old-school patterns. I get a ridiculous amount of happiness every time I see them.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on September 07, 2018, 06:15:26 PM
Free spring rolls being handed out at work because they had been defrosted and wouldn't last until Monday. Friday night dinnet was sorted for free.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on September 07, 2018, 06:47:31 PM
After several miserably hot, humid days, today was cool enough to make butternut squash soup for dinner.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on September 10, 2018, 12:22:49 AM
Sudoku and cryptic crossword books.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on September 10, 2018, 02:32:37 AM
Rain at home while I am somewhere else. We have had an extremely dry summer and we need rain.
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Post by: Trifele on September 10, 2018, 04:56:32 AM
Seeing one of the resident turtles walking around our farm.  We see them often enough that we can recognize individuals.  Seeing one of them just makes my day.     
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Post by: lemanfan on September 10, 2018, 10:59:29 AM
A nap that's a couple of hours longer than I planned.
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Post by: Wings5 on September 11, 2018, 04:43:53 PM
Plumbing and potable water on demand at the faucet.
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Post by: zeli2033 on September 11, 2018, 05:30:57 PM
Flavored sparkling water. If I'm feeiln' real fancy, then key lime pie-flavored La Croix. So. yummy.
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Post by: effigy98 on September 12, 2018, 01:10:11 AM
Path of Exile, League of Legends, both free.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on September 12, 2018, 01:42:02 AM
Plumbing and potable water on demand at the faucet.

We recently had the water turned off by the community, without pre-warning. And tomorrow evening they are going to flush the water pipes. This means a lot of brown, sandy water our of the faucets before the water is clean again, typically 2-3 large bath tubes full. Guess who is paying for running the faucet in my house until the water is clean? They do this several times a year and I think it makes out 10% of my water usage.

So yes, it is very positive when the water from my faucet is clean and potable. You realize it after such a brown-water event.
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Post by: okcisok on September 12, 2018, 10:31:13 PM
So I am 100 work days from FIRE now.  I borrowed an idea from forum member Okcisok, and printed off a free coloring page showing a lovely beach scene.  I numbered the sections from 1 to 100, and each day I color in a section.  So much fun.  I'm taking a picture each day too, so at the end we can combine them into a happy little fill-in-the-color video.  :)

Seeing your idea bring someone else happiness :) Congratulations on the your imminent FIREing!
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Post by: EnjoyIt on September 12, 2018, 11:13:56 PM
Rain at home while I am somewhere else. We have had an extremely dry summer and we need rain.

I love siting under our covered patio, having a cup of coffee while it is pouring outside.  It is so loud and calming all at the same time.
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Post by: Freedomin5 on September 13, 2018, 06:09:13 AM
Biking to school/work and noticing that I’m going faster on my bike than the cars that are stuck in traffic.
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Post by: jengod on September 13, 2018, 02:10:45 PM
* Our little succulent strip that was entirely free to install!  (A friend ripped out her succulent bed and gave us everything she took out, and neighbors tore out a ton of mother-in-law tongue and I rescued several pieces. It's all growing really well in a space that couldn't be used for anything else because of water and light circumstances.)

* Photographing local wildlife and sharing and learning via the iNaturalist app
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Post by: Reader on September 14, 2018, 05:27:37 AM
having a good swim on a sunny day
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Post by: Linda_Norway on September 14, 2018, 06:41:31 AM
From tomorrow: Going on a week's vacation in our own country. We will drive and stay in our tent in the wild. We will be hiking, photographing, mushroom hunting, free diving, fishing. All free/cheap hobbies after you've made the initial investment for the equipment.
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Post by: sequoia on September 14, 2018, 01:50:30 PM
Been wanting to have a rain barrel but too cheap to buy the barrels lol. We happen to stumble a local company who was giving away 50 gallon plastic barrels (used to store some sort of sauce) last week.

I been watching youtube trying to figure out the best (and cheapest) way to divert water from our gutter.

Yesterday was the first time we use the water that we collected from our two rain barrels. For some reason I could not stop grinning over free water.
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Post by: jengod on September 14, 2018, 02:49:04 PM
Backyard butterflies: Monarchs, swallowtails, Gulf fritillaries, painted ladies, mourning cloaks, sulphurs, blues, skippers
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Post by: 10dollarsatatime on September 15, 2018, 05:18:24 AM
I started getting up 15 minutes earlier each day so I can sit around and sip a cup of tea .  Tea is cheap and it makes my mornings so much better!
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Post by: Freedomin5 on September 15, 2018, 06:17:43 AM
Listening to audiobooks from the library on my bus ride home from work makes me happy because:

1) Free books
2) I can tune out annoying people and overwhelming traffic noises.
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Post by: EnjoyIt on September 15, 2018, 10:18:03 AM
I started getting up 15 minutes earlier each day so I can sit around and sip a cup of tea .  Tea is cheap and it makes my mornings so much better!

Right on. I used to wake up, shower and drive straight to work when I had to be there early.  They feed us for free but not necessarily the healthiest of foods. 

Now I wake up 25 minutes earlier, make breakfast which is healthy and have a cup of coffee before work.  My entire day is so much better because of it.  Even if I get 25 minutes less sleep.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on September 15, 2018, 07:05:35 PM
From tomorrow: Going on a week's vacation in our own country. We will drive and stay in our tent in the wild. We will be hiking, photographing, mushroom hunting, free diving, fishing. All free/cheap hobbies after you've made the initial investment for the equipment.

This sounds amazing. Enjoy!
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on September 15, 2018, 07:07:16 PM
-Meals from the freezer. Such.a.relief after a crazy day
-Laughing with my kids when they discover 90s movies (they are 11 & 12) & think "Adventures in Babysitting" is the funniest thing ever
-Cheap (but not bad) wine. Currently enjoying the TI from Costco (similar to Kim Crawford, if you like Sauvignon Blanc)
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Post by: SwissMiss on September 18, 2018, 10:48:03 PM
Together with SwissMister: having off on a regular Tuesday afternoon and walking to the local town hall to attend friends' wedding ceremony. Invited to champagne afterwards by the lake. Walking back home again in glorious weather.

All this knowing that I will be FIRE in a few days (SwissMister already is).
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Post by: Rural on September 19, 2018, 07:59:54 PM
Frozen blueberries from the dollar store.
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Post by: scottnews on September 19, 2018, 09:20:43 PM
When my 7 yo laughs from his belly
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Post by: FL_MM on September 19, 2018, 10:09:58 PM
Today it was free books downloaded from the library, taking my dog to the dog park and butternut squash is on sale at Aldi. My butternut squash soup withdrawal is almost over!
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Post by: lemanfan on September 19, 2018, 11:14:33 PM
Waking up before the alarm goes off, and the first smell and taste of strong, black coffee.  Time to conquer another day!
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Post by: Trifele on September 20, 2018, 04:54:02 AM
A family card game.  Last night my 12 and 15 year olds finally 'got' euchre, and we had a great time.
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Post by: frugalone on September 21, 2018, 01:05:18 PM
Today it's the homey smell of the vegetable soup cooking in my crockpot.  I'm blessed to have a HUGE farm behind my condo (living in Ohio has it's perks).   Went there this morning and bought just picked cabbage, green peppers, corn on the cob, yellow beans, potatoes, tomatoes, onions and garlic.  Smells like heaven.

For less than $11 I have at least 7 meals.
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Post by: OtherJen on September 21, 2018, 01:12:37 PM
A family card game.  Last night my 12 and 15 year olds finally 'got' euchre, and we had a great time.

Excellent. A rite of passage.
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Post by: okcisok on September 21, 2018, 02:57:44 PM
Making little color-coded envelopes for my wallet cards out of construction paper and washi tape. I labeled the outside of the envelopes with what rewards are best to put on that card at the time;  i.e, Chase Freedom 5% bonus reward categories are Walgreens, Gas, and Lyft through October, when they switch to Department Stores, Warehouse Clubs, and ChasePay.

My debit cards are in one, my insurance cards in another. Now I can get through a checkout process without fumbling and trying to remember which card I should charge what tranaction to, or handing the dental receptionist my vision insurance card. The construction paper was bought on clearance years ago, and 5 rolls of adorable washi tape cost a total of less than $3.  Fun crafts on a rainy afternoon that will keep me from being frustrated later.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on September 22, 2018, 12:20:17 AM
Going to a free presentation and photo display of something interesting in the city.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on September 22, 2018, 05:09:18 AM
Seeing my kids smiling and happy!
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Post by: a-scho on September 22, 2018, 10:51:58 PM
While disposing of some old televisions at my local hazardous waste/e-waste drop off location, I noticed they had a section off to the side offering free cleaning supplies and used cans of paint. I took away full bottles of Goof-Off and toilet bowl cleaner. Sounds weird to say, but walking away with free toilet bowl cleaner that someone else got rid of kinda made my day.
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Post by: Walterbl on September 23, 2018, 09:48:25 AM
Maracuya Icecream :)

Reading a new chapter of my favorite Manga.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on September 23, 2018, 12:56:30 PM
I have a blouse in a very nice blue and pink cloth, one size fits every Italian sized women. I am Dutch and bigger than that and the blouse was sitting too tight to wear. DH, on my request, remade it today into a top with very short sleeves and some splits in the sides. Now I can wear it again.
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Post by: zeli2033 on September 23, 2018, 05:28:40 PM
Pulling out and wearing my favorite cozy socks to wear now that autumn is here and the weather is finally changing a bit.

Homemade meals with friends. It's certainly cheaper than going out for a meal and drinks. Plus I don't have to wear shoes so I can show off the above-mentioned cozy socks.
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Post by: seemsright on September 23, 2018, 06:21:27 PM
Spending days to make some beef stock in my crock pot and then using that stock to make some french onion soup.

I enjoy making soup in general. Tomorrow I am going to make some tomato basil. I just love soup season!
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Post by: OtherJen on September 23, 2018, 08:39:20 PM
My beautiful black suede and leather tall boots fit again.

I had gained about 20 lbs over the last 7 years due to depression, overeating, and inactivity. I bought these beautiful boots on clearance about 8 years ago and haven't been able to wear them in at least 2 years because of weight gain. I've worked hard to drop 17 lbs since June 1, and the boots fit again as of this evening (I couldn't zip them up 6 weeks ago).

I found out last week that a beloved dress that hasn't left the closet in 3 years also fits again. Yay for a free wardrobe expansion!
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Post by: koshtra on September 24, 2018, 08:42:44 AM
My friend of Russian heritage coming over for blini.

We sit around the table talking and laughing while making these thin little semi-sweet pancakes on the griddle and throwing anything into them, cleaning out the fridge, basically: tonight what we've got is lox for a start and ginger preserves for a finisher, and who knows what she's going to bring.

Kind of a variation on stone soup: you can make blini out of practically anything.
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Post by: OtherJen on September 25, 2018, 07:43:03 AM
It’s pouring rain to the point that the street is flooded in front of out house. Husband has the day off and I work from home, so we’re spending a cozy morning sipping coffee and being grateful that we don’t have to go outside for a few hours.
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Post by: frooglepoodle on September 26, 2018, 04:43:01 AM
Homemade chicken noodle soup.
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Post by: okcisok on September 26, 2018, 09:28:52 PM
While disposing of some old televisions at my local hazardous waste/e-waste drop off location, I noticed they had a section off to the side offering free cleaning supplies and used cans of paint. I took away full bottles of Goof-Off and toilet bowl cleaner. Sounds weird to say, but walking away with free toilet bowl cleaner that someone else got rid of kinda made my day.

I scored a nearly full bottle of toilet bowl cleaner from the trash room at my complex when some neighbors moved out. I was very pleased with myself every time I used that free bottle of (name brand!) free toilet bowl cleaner. :)
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on September 28, 2018, 09:30:39 AM
My friend of Russian heritage coming over for blini.

We sit around the table talking and laughing while making these thin little semi-sweet pancakes on the griddle and throwing anything into them, cleaning out the fridge, basically: tonight what we've got is lox for a start and ginger preserves for a finisher, and who knows what she's going to bring.

Kind of a variation on stone soup: you can make blini out of practically anything.

This sounds really lovely!
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Post by: CheapScholar on September 28, 2018, 03:30:25 PM
Just stopped at Aldi and got a bunch of food.  I wasn’t keeping track in my head at all and expected the cashier to say it was at least $60.  Ended up being $30.
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Post by: okcisok on September 29, 2018, 09:20:13 PM
More Trash Room Treasure! I didn't think about it being the end of the month when I went to drop off trash/recycling. The trash room was neatly stacked with tons of great stuff with a note that said it was all free for the taking. Judging by the randomness of the amalgamation, someone just got tired of packing and moving. I got two new looking barstools, many cleaning products, even some kitchen tools that were neatly wrapped in plastic. A large storage tub was stacked with dishes & serving utensils, even small appliances. At the bottom of the pile I found a furniture dolly and a 36-bottle flat of water! I stacked everything on the furniture dolly and rolled it to my apartment. I'm giddy over my new free items!
If it's not all gone by the end of the weekend, I'll take it to Goodwill jic our maintenance team decided to throw it in the Dumpster.
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Post by: zeli2033 on September 30, 2018, 09:29:06 AM
Reading great books from the library, either digital copies or actual ones.

Sometimes the waitlist can be incredibly long for electronic copies of popular books but there's something so awesome about waiting it out and seeing the email notification show up a couple weeks or months later saying it's yours for the reading :)

I used to buy new books compulsively if I wanted to read them. Now that they're the Gazingus Pin I've given up for 2018, I can honestly say not buying them has 1) freed up more cash to invest, and 2) produced a new appreciation for delayed gratification
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Post by: Penn42 on September 30, 2018, 10:27:45 AM
Reading great books from the library, either digital copies or actual ones.

Sometimes the waitlist can be incredibly long for electronic copies of popular books but there's something so awesome about waiting it out and seeing the email notification show up a couple weeks or months later saying it's yours for the reading :)

I used to buy new books compulsively if I wanted to read them. Now that they're the Gazingus Pin I've given up for 2018, I can honestly say not buying them has 1) freed up more cash to invest, and 2) produced a new appreciation for delayed gratification

I never utilized the library very much until MMM.  I never bought many books and the ones I did buy were always from local used stores, but I gotta say I'm a complete library convert now. 
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Post by: Rosy on September 30, 2018, 01:03:45 PM
Being able to afford to stay home with a good cup of coffee - with fancy milk foam and what not, without any impact on my budget.

Yes, the library - although I often cuss it, since they don't always have what I want to read - so I've begun to see that as my opportunity to hang out at B&N, spend a bit on a new book and coffee and a croissant - what's not to love?:)
Being Mustachian I have a 20% discount card and I often find something in specially reduced section too:)
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Post by: Trifele on October 02, 2018, 06:29:18 AM
A call from a far away and cherished friend.

I have a family friend who is almost 98 years old.  She's known me my whole life, and is like my grandma.  She called me yesterday just to see how I was doing, and it just made my day.  I'm traveling to visit her in a few weeks and am so looking forward to it.  I appreciate her even more now that my bio-grandmas and my mom are gone.  Relationships with elders are so, so precious.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on October 02, 2018, 07:43:48 AM
Free banana at work.
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Post by: zeli2033 on October 02, 2018, 07:59:51 AM
Getting a “just-because” snail mail postcard from a friend!

And sending one back. Snail mail is such a simple and cheap delight.
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Post by: BZB on October 04, 2018, 03:46:29 PM
On my walk last evening I saw a bat and a toad, which made me really happy.
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Post by: FamilyGuy on October 04, 2018, 05:52:28 PM
Dinner came out delicious. I'm happy about my cooking skills :P
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Post by: Reader on October 06, 2018, 05:00:57 PM
Dinner came out delicious. I'm happy about my cooking skills :P
+1
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Post by: OtherJen on October 06, 2018, 05:30:55 PM
Dinner came out delicious. I'm happy about my cooking skills :P
+1

+2. Husband is currently scraping the last bits from his bowl.
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Post by: BZB on October 06, 2018, 07:02:47 PM
hummingbirds at the feeder on my balcony
reasonably cheap delicious Greek food at the festival a short walk from my home
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Post by: zolotiyeruki on October 06, 2018, 08:43:39 PM
The feeling of satisfaction from a DIY job finished right.  Today I fixed the ignition cylinder in my car, changed the oil and replaced the front sway bar bushings.  Total cost: about $5 for two new car keys, about $11 for the oil and filter, and $6 for the bushings.

Even better, in the process, I discovered that the shop that did the alignment (after I replaced a tie rod bellows) didn't bother to untwist the bellows after adjusting the tie rods.  It literally took me less than five minutes to remove the wheel, loosen the bellows, untwist it, and put the wheel back on, but I'm pretty disappointed in seeing them take such a shortcut that saved them maybe 30 seconds at the time.
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Post by: Money Badger on October 07, 2018, 08:58:42 PM
I spent $28 at Walmart for a new cooler today.   I felt so spendy for getting it when we have other coolers, but it is perfect for our needs (perfect size, good Igloo made in the USA, matches our team's colors, wheels on it, nice lid/cup holder setup for tailgates).    I'm sitting here 8 hours later still admiring it and thinking about good times ahead, so yes, it was a good buy and today was a good day...
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Post by: mountain mustache on October 07, 2018, 10:26:25 PM
I made homemade posole, with green chiles I roasted myself, and it came out amazing! And cheap to make, too!
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Post by: Linda_Norway on October 08, 2018, 02:21:05 AM
Studying my books for a new (for me) mushroom species that I found that day and being able to figure out with 100% certainty which specie it is.
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Post by: FamilyGuy on October 08, 2018, 08:37:43 AM
Ability to video call and see my family that lives far away. I call them almost daily and these conversations make me very happy(Well, most of the times!). I remember using Skype a few years back and it was always buffering. Video calling was always messy. Now, whatever app I use (Whatsapp or Viber etc ) the quality is great. Thank you technology.
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Post by: Raenia on October 08, 2018, 09:04:35 AM
Trying a new recipe and having it come out well!  Made saag paneer, with home-made paneer, despite no experience with cheese-making or Indian cooking.  Surprisingly easy, and delicious.  Will have to add more Indian recipes to my rotation.
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Post by: mathlete on October 08, 2018, 09:13:31 AM
Ability to video call and see my family that lives far away. I call them almost daily and these conversations make me very happy(Well, most of the times!). I remember using Skype a few years back and it was always buffering. Video calling was always messy. Now, whatever app I use (Whatsapp or Viber etc ) the quality is great. Thank you technology.

True to your name!
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Post by: zeli2033 on October 08, 2018, 10:35:35 AM
Using a long weekend to spend a lot of time with friends/family, make new recipes and basically try out the FIRE life I'm working so hard toward.
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Post by: Reader on October 08, 2018, 02:27:30 PM
Using a long weekend to spend a lot of time with friends/family, make new recipes and basically try out the FIRE life I'm working so hard toward.
good on you zeli!
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Post by: FamilyGuy on October 08, 2018, 07:05:19 PM
Trying a new recipe and having it come out well!  Made saag paneer, with home-made paneer, despite no experience with cheese-making or Indian cooking.  Surprisingly easy, and delicious.  Will have to add more Indian recipes to my rotation.
Sounds delicious !! In similar type, you can try palak paneer, paneer tikka masala etc.
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Post by: Bucksandreds on October 08, 2018, 07:11:16 PM
Spent about $100 this past week and 9 hours of work putting a custom wood trim paneling above our fireplace in the 2 floor great room. When we built our house 5 years ago it was almost $1000 to have them do it. With little kids in the home it took 5 years to get to it but it’s been gotten to.
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Post by: OtherJen on October 08, 2018, 10:05:19 PM
My choir started rehearsing tonight for our Christmas concerts. I love singing with these people.
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Post by: SwissMiss on October 09, 2018, 12:57:21 AM
Learning Spanish on the free app Duolingo.
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Post by: lemanfan on October 09, 2018, 01:20:15 PM
Hilary Hahn plays Bach.  The new album, released last week.  Available on your favourite streaming site.
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Post by: BZB on October 11, 2018, 08:01:05 AM
The first dry, cool air of the season after a particularly long, hot, humid summer
I've decided cold fronts should be named as well as storms. I call this "Cold Front Pumpkin Spice WhatEVrr".
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: FamilyGuy on October 11, 2018, 09:02:19 PM
Hot cup of coffee when raining
Driving when raining
Being warm in the home when raining
Dripping sound on your windows when raining
All makes me happy :) I enjoyed all of them today.
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Post by: lemanfan on October 11, 2018, 10:37:37 PM
Reading these forums with fresh cup of coffee on a friday morning.
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Post by: FamilyGuy on October 12, 2018, 07:51:56 AM
Wow. I second that.
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Post by: mountain mustache on October 12, 2018, 08:13:08 AM
Coffee on the couch, watching snow fall outside the window. Ahhhh I love Winter!
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Post by: zolotiyeruki on October 12, 2018, 08:40:10 AM
Watching hilarious barbershop quartet routines (Main Street, Newfangled Four, Fred, Rural Route 4, Storm Front, etc) on youtube.
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Post by: BZB on October 14, 2018, 06:01:54 AM
Getting your senses of smell and taste back after a bad head cold. (after you get through the "everything smells weird" stage)
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Post by: Hirondelle on October 14, 2018, 07:51:36 AM
Potluck dinner with friends on a Saturday night :)
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Post by: FamilyGuy on October 14, 2018, 09:21:17 AM
Alone time in my home.
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Post by: OtherJen on October 14, 2018, 09:35:44 AM
Finally, a day off with my husband and a sunny afternoon! It seems like the weather is terrible every other time we have a day off together. I’m going to push for a long walk in the state park downtown.


Edit: the long walk happened. Deep blue sky, bright blue sparkling water, a bit of color on the trees, and lots of white sailboats against the blue sky and water. Also a heron bobbing in the Detroit river that looked a tiny Loch Ness monster from shore.
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Post by: gmdv on October 14, 2018, 06:41:41 PM
Meditate.  Been reading up on how meditation produces more gamma brain wave.
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Post by: FamilyGuy on October 14, 2018, 08:28:17 PM
Meditate.  Been reading up on how meditation produces more gamma brain wave.
Do you follow any specific type of meditation? I'm interested in that area and wanted to incorporate that into my life.
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Post by: FamilyGuy on October 14, 2018, 08:30:59 PM
The weather when its little cold.
The small plants that I grow on the side of kitchen windows.
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Post by: gmdv on October 15, 2018, 05:51:12 AM


Do you follow any specific type of meditation? I'm interested in that area and wanted to incorporate that into my life.

I think what I do might be call mindfulness meditation?  All I do is observe my breathing and any thoughts that pop up.
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Post by: FamilyGuy on October 15, 2018, 06:01:08 AM


Do you follow any specific type of meditation? I'm interested in that area and wanted to incorporate that into my life.

I think what I do might be call mindfulness meditation?  All I do is observe my breathing and any thoughts that pop up.
Ok thanks. I have heard about that but is time to practice it.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on October 15, 2018, 03:20:14 PM
I've lost a decent amount of weight since last fall. My beautiful wool and cashmere sweaters that I bought pre-weight gain now fit again. It's like free new clothing.
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Post by: Rural on October 15, 2018, 07:15:40 PM
Speaking of cashmere, a cheap thing that makes me happy is a lightweight cashmere sweater at the thrift store with a hole or two in it - the perfect decadent pajama top. The one I'm wearing currently cost me $1.
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Post by: Hirondelle on October 16, 2018, 03:28:56 AM
Self-taught salsa evenings with coworkers
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Post by: Dicey on October 16, 2018, 08:14:21 AM
My beautiful black suede and leather tall boots fit again.

I had gained about 20 lbs over the last 7 years due to depression, overeating, and inactivity. I bought these beautiful boots on clearance about 8 years ago and haven't been able to wear them in at least 2 years because of weight gain. I've worked hard to drop 17 lbs since June 1, and the boots fit again as of this evening (I couldn't zip them up 6 weeks ago).

I found out last week that a beloved dress that hasn't left the closet in 3 years also fits again. Yay for a free wardrobe expansion!
Congratulations @OtherJen!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Dicey on October 16, 2018, 08:31:37 AM
...Yes, the library - although I often cuss it, since they don't always have what I want to read - so I've begun to see that as my opportunity to hang out at B&N, spend a bit on a new book and coffee and a croissant - what's not to love?:)
Being Mustachian I have a 20% discount card and I often find something in specially reduced section too:)
Wait! Is this a test or a joke or something?

Let me see, it's bad to do this at Starbucks, but it's okay if you're buying a brand-new book?

Let me be clear, you are free to spend your money any which way you want, but posting what you did where you did is hard to swallow, especially when you add the part in bold above. Glad it makes you happy, but it ain't cheap, especially compared to the library.

Where is my face puncher when I think I'm going to need it?
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Lews Therin on October 16, 2018, 08:55:26 AM
Where is my face puncher when I think I'm going to need it?

Banned. RIP42 :D
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: winterberrybiscuits on October 16, 2018, 02:18:17 PM
Cracking open a beer and taking a long stroll around the neighborhood after a storm has left us with no electricity and really pleasant cool air.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: GreenEggs on October 16, 2018, 04:06:00 PM
Goldfish are cheap and make people happy.  The "feeder fish" for under 20 cents each are really cheap.  :)


Last year I bought "$5 worth" from the pet shop to stock the empty little pond at the nursing home where my dad was living.  I got about 40 fish and saved one to keep in his room.  We named that one "Lucky". ;)


Btw, if you place a plant cutting or two in the goldfish bowl to root you really don't have to feed it.  It'll just nibble on the roots. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on October 16, 2018, 04:25:39 PM
A flavored sparkling water. Can almost squint & feel like it's a cocktail. (Caveat, I get them for free at work) I'm a big fan of the La Croix Berry flavor.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on October 16, 2018, 04:26:25 PM
Going for a walking meeting with someone, vs sitting at a desk or in a conference room. We're in California so the weather is perfect for this right now.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Dicey on October 16, 2018, 11:17:32 PM
Where is my face puncher when I think I'm going to need it?

Banned. RIP42 :D
Way back when, there were facepunchers aplenty. Now they're getting scarce. I can hardly believe no one else even noticed.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on October 17, 2018, 03:26:23 PM
High quality talks and lectures on Youtube.  Good content is soo accessible in these times.  Good.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: FamilyGuy on October 17, 2018, 08:04:28 PM
High quality talks and lectures on Youtube.  Good content is soo accessible in these times.  Good.
True. I hear some inspiring & funny talks while working (the work that doesn't need thinking).
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Abe Froman on October 18, 2018, 06:51:33 AM
The cool online Amazon-Kindle-Local Library connection that my two boys use now. They download and read to their voracious appetites and now we dont have to pay late fees or replacement fees for books lost.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: mountain mustache on October 18, 2018, 07:29:18 AM
pre-portioned, frozen steel cut oats that I made months ago, that have been making the past few mornings breakfasts so yummy! I hate waiting for oatmeal to cook, and forgot I had these in the freezer, and have been loving a warm breakfast on our first week of winter temperatures.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on October 18, 2018, 07:40:56 AM
Not having to scrape the frost off of my car windows this morning.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Unique User on October 18, 2018, 09:46:42 AM
Walking my dog, especially on 60 degree mornings like today. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rosy on October 18, 2018, 10:25:27 AM
...Yes, the library - although I often cuss it, since they don't always have what I want to read - so I've begun to see that as my opportunity to hang out at B&N, spend a bit on a new book and coffee and a croissant - what's not to love?:)
Being Mustachian I have a 20% discount card and I often find something in specially reduced section too:)
Wait! Is this a test or a joke or something?

Let me see, it's bad to do this at Starbucks, but it's okay if you're buying a brand-new book?

Let me be clear, you are free to spend your money any which way you want, but posting what you did where you did is hard to swallow, especially when you add the part in bold above. Glad it makes you happy, but it ain't cheap, especially compared to the library.

Where is my face puncher when I think I'm going to need it?

Whoah Dicey - I never said a thing about Starbucks - here is my entire post:
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Being able to afford to stay home with a good cup of coffee - with fancy milk foam and what not, without any impact on my budget.

Yes, the library - although I often cuss it, since they don't always have what I want to read - so I've begun to see that as my opportunity to hang out at B&N, spend a bit on a new book and coffee and a croissant - what's not to love?:)
Being Mustachian I have a 20% discount card and I often find something in specially reduced section too:)

My coffee comment means that I remember a time when I had to re-use my coffee from the day before, never mind affording coffee beans and I certainly didn't even dream of a milk foamer (mine is a cool little hand operated thingie that was a free giveaway when I ordered the coffeemaker). 
So yes, I enjoy the hell out of good coffee and I am happy that I am retired and I am able to afford any damn coffee I want.

But, squeak, you stepped on my toes:) I think I should clarify my post, since in re-reading I can see that it sounds a lot worse than it is.

IRL context - I've been to B&N four times this year - one of those times was just a walk-thru to see what they had in the finance section so I could then order those books at my library.
The other three times I did indeed enjoy my coffee and even a lunch croissant for $4 half of which I enjoyed for lunch the next day.

As far as the new books, yup I bought three brand new - one I first got at the library and wanted to study further, the other is the JL Collins book which I could not get at my library at all and finally decided to buy.
The other is by a romance author I love and it was just really nice for once to hold a crisp new copy of her latest book - read it and donated it to my library.

In addition, I bought two books in their reduced, specialty edition section, one a specialty book I'd been looking for and the other simply a frivolous purchase.

The fact that I can tell you in detail what I purchased and why, months later, should signify that none of these purchases were without thought.
Let me add that the first half of this year was especially rough for me, because I was focusing on two financial goals and ridding myself of an acquired jewelry addiction - so this B&N day became the only highlight and "allowed" expenditure - because otherwise, I would have run screaming for the hills.

I've already met all my goals for this year and then some, so my strategies paid off and I actually feel pretty damn good about my MMM inspired ways.

Roughly $120 for books, coffee, food at B&N for the entire year so far - I consider that part of my annual dining out and entertainment expense - without apology.
A jewelry habit - finally kicked - yeah, I had a lot of wins this year. Maybe I should list that as a Cheap Thing that made me happy, because it cost me nothing to take part in the gazingus pin gauntlet, except excruciating pain working through the why's and wherefore's and facing bitter truths like most of us who are totally emotional about money and wrestle with an MMM mentality. 

I would say that we are all trying our best - that is why we are here. I don't mind you calling me out, I see why, but I couldn't let it stand the way it was presented. If you still feel the same way - so be it.
Maybe you are one of the lucky "I've always been frugal and sensible with my money and MMM is my spiritual home" people.
I'm not, I have to work hard at many concepts introduced in this forum and then find ways to adopt the necessary strategies into my own financial life. 

Perhaps on the surface, it sounded face punch worthy since I said "often", but what I really meant was that when I do go (which is not often:) - I often find something in the reduced special edition section as well.
That is the exact area I completely curtailed when I first started culling my bookshelves and rethinking my book purchases, which was way before MMM even existed.

I remember times in my life when payday meant enough gas for a trip to the library, a bag of pretzels and a big bottle of Coke. I would have shrieked at laying down say ten bucks for a book and there were also decades in my life when I made good money and picked up $120 worth of books without thinking, because I could - and believe me I read every damn one of them.
I grew up in a family of bibliophiles with very little financial sense - so learning that you do not spend hundreds on your favorite thing, books, even when you think you have the money was something I had to figure out on my own.

Books and coffee are definitely two pleasures in life that I am not willing to give up. Over the years I found ways to throttle my book addiction mainly via thrift stores and the library - but you will not find the latest books on the many subjects that I am interested in reading about in a thrift store and at least 40% of my interests have little to no representation in the library - that is a fact.
Maybe I'm just a weirdo with strange interests all over the map:)
I actually found that the little beach town near us has the best selection of finance books for instance - so yeah, I do my research.

My next two evaluations involve whether that B&N discount card actually paid off (it was an X-mas gift-but a renewal) and finding out if there is a way to link online to more libraries then I have access to online right now. More cheap thrills:)

Given the choice between clothing and a book - I'd choose the book.
Given a choice between eating and a book - I have on rare occasions, back in the day, chosen the book.
I am a bibliophile who has learned to stick with three bookcases - period - via the 'one in and one out' method.
End of squeak:)

Just sayin' - sorry to have derailed this thread - my apologies.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Teachstache on October 19, 2018, 08:04:43 PM
Speaking of cashmere, a cheap thing that makes me happy is a lightweight cashmere sweater at the thrift store with a hole or two in it - the perfect decadent pajama top. The one I'm wearing currently cost me $1.

I used one of my days off to go to the nice Goodwill in my city. My objective was to look for nice work jeans to wear on Fridays. I found a pair of Joe's Jeans (super pricey $156 new) in my exact size for $6. I snapped those right up along with a nice Climalite North Face shirt for 99¢. I then went to the library & got the documentary "OJ: Made in America" along with a beautiful ukelele, both of which I have for 3 weeks. For $7 & some electricity to charge my electric car, I have a fantastic new work outfit & entertainment for 3 weeks. I've been wanting to try out a ukelele & see if I enjoy it enough to purchase one. My 3 year old son has really been enjoying helping me play the ukelele. He's a not very verbal kid with Autism who is now singing along when I play the few chords on the ukelele that I know. This melts my heart.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Dicey on October 20, 2018, 12:03:47 AM
[Big snip]

I am happy that I am retired and I am able to afford any damn coffee I want.

[Even bigger snip]
@Rosy, if you are retired, you have won the game! Hell yes, you can have anything you can afford. I know I do. But the fact that you are retired, and presumably FI, was not apparent to me in your original post. Maybe a FIRE status designation in one's profile might be more useful than the size of one's [in my case and probably yours, imaginary] mustache. Alas, there are so many variations on the theme, it might be way too confusing. Nonetheless, I think it's a good idea, but I digress...

If you are FIRE and still hanging around here, I'd guess that you and I might have similar motivations. I stay because I want to be a beacon to others, especially single women, on the path to FIRE. I was never a high wage earner and I live in a HCOLA. The path in the days of YMOYL and The Tightwad Gazette in book form was far less interactive and far lonelier. It pleases me to help others who are still learning the ropes. Therefore, your comment could not go unremarked upon in this place, especially on this particular thread. It was the words as they were written that I reacted to and not you, the person, Rosy. I congratulate you on your success. Wanna meet at B&N for coffee sometime? My treat. I think I have an old gift card moldering in a drawer somewhere.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rosy on October 20, 2018, 11:23:16 AM
Come on down to Florida anytime, @Dicey - you are welcome:) to enjoy some coffee in our gazebo in the garden. Sorry for all that confusion.
While I'm retired it is Mr. R. who has a couple of years left to RE.
He was/is the main reason that I am here, but then I found that I also could do a lot more for my own finances than I ever imagined possible. (we met late in life and keep our finances separate).

So presently, I am sort of reverse engineering to improve whatever is left of my financial future, but I'll officially be done in Dec 2019 - so in MMM terms maybe that should be my true FIRE date.
I do have a tough time with scrimping and saving for an extended period of time, I need a break in between. I'll be glad when I can leave off the scrimping part in 2019 and simply sail into the sunset:). Saving will remain part of my budget, I am happy to have enough money to easily save some. It is the scrimping part that I'm not OK with - but hey - it is all for a very good cause - my financial freedom.

Together we will have a comfortable retirement with his 401K and investments. Thankfully MMM saved our asses from borrowing from the 401K and other stupid shit ideas. I needed the motivation to dig up one more, small pension I could have started five years earlier - lucky for me, they paid it retroactively.

Yup, I remember the Cheapskate and Tightwad gazette fondly and a few early sites, then I found My Money Blog which I still like, although Jonathan doesn't write much anymore and if I want a good laugh, good links and quirky ideas I read Budgets Are Sexy.
The main idea I came away with from the first Your Money Your Life book was my first true understanding of compounding interest and I started evaluating each purchase from the perspective of how many hours or days do I have to work for this item?

For me and that is humbling to say, the JL Collins website and book was the last piece of the puzzle. Why did it take me so long to figure it out? I'm still secretly intimidated by the Bogleheads:)
MMM has changed my life in unexpected ways, but it is this forum that gives lifeblood to his ideas and polishes them up or takes them apart and re-invents them to fit "our" lifestyle.

... and I am totally on board with inspiring single women to pay attention and plan for their future, but I've also seen too many married ladies who never paid attention, did only for others, neglected their own security and paid a hefty price when it was too late to fix their own financial wagon.
I have had a rollercoaster life, so I don't quite fit in anywhere. A lot of poor decisions and a total disregard for money and property cost me a good 401K and a property I owned. Consequences, baby, consequences.

I'm still reeling from the reality that I went from nothing but two suitcases, just before I hit fifty, to a now comfortable retirement. Mr. R. came along and turned out to be a really good man. Slowly I fixed my financial life once more and now we have a good life near one of the finest beaches in the land. I lucked out financially only because I have decent pensions and health care for life - so all in all, I'm just fine after all is said and done.
... which, btw was the second time in my life that I started from scratch.

Some people are shining beacons of what not to do:) - and maybe, just maybe, there is something to be said for - it is never too late - you might not be able to fix everything, but I can think of a time when $200 more a month would have made a world of difference and warranted a huge sigh of relief. Now I'm saving nine times that much and still have money left over to spend on whatever I want.

I will echo the universal sentiment of, "Make hay while the sun shines" - but - it will do you no good, unless you actually invest/save 30%-50% of your income. My age and my health made it a lot more difficult to fix my financial life a second time around - the first time was a breeze - good job, good habits, but I didn't understand that you have to fight for what is yours or live with the consequences.

FWIW Dicey, I always enjoy your posts and y'all do come down to see us:) It was nice to hash it all out with you:)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on October 21, 2018, 05:42:00 PM
Husband's friend gave us a butternut squash from his garden. For dinner, I peeled, cubed, and roasted it in a mix of butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, and sea salt. Mmm.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on October 22, 2018, 02:43:51 AM
I might have mentioned it before, but I like my monthly free Kindle book on the Samsung book deal. But I recently got an email from Amazon that they are stopping the deal. :-(

Maybe, instead of buying books, I should start reading over the books that I already have. Some might even be a surprise.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Freedomin5 on October 22, 2018, 03:25:37 AM
It’s autumn, and that means apple season. Except I live in a hot and humid foreign country with no autumn, no fall leaves changing colours, no crisp chilly air, and no snuggly sweaters.

So I did the next best thing and baked apple strudel muffins, and now a wonderful aroma of apples, cinnamon, and butter permeates my apartment. Just had a soft, warm muffin straight from the oven — delicious!

I was going to let DD take some to class to share with her classmates, but they are too yummy! And...er...I don’t think I sprinkled the strudel topping artistically enough, yes, now that I think about it, they are quite ugly to look at...I had better keep them at home and eat them all myself. :P
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on October 22, 2018, 03:54:52 PM
Catching the train to work.  It takes a little longer, but it costs less than the fuel alone, let alone the maintenance on the car.  And I get to read.  I haven't read in a long time and am really really enjoying it, even when I do get slight motion sickness from it.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: koshtra on October 22, 2018, 05:15:45 PM
Catching the train to work.  It takes a little longer, but it costs less than the fuel alone, let alone the maintenance on the car.  And I get to read.  I haven't read in a long time and am really really enjoying it, even when I do get slight motion sickness from it.

Oh, me too! I'm not sure it even takes longer, now that my city is all clogged up with cars: one of my happy train moments -- I'd thought of posting that here, but I thought maybe it was more gloating than happy -- is glancing up and seeing that I'm flying past all the cars stalled out on the freeway. An eighth of the cost *and* half the time *and* I get to read my book.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BeautifulDay on October 22, 2018, 09:06:47 PM
We were invited to test an escape room tonight. A young man we mentored a few years ago invited my DH and I to get a group together for the test session. The young man has been helping the owner build the room for 2 years!

The room was so much fun. There are still some small issues to work out, but overall the whole experience was a blast.

I think the room would have cost $20 each. So $100 savings for our group.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on October 22, 2018, 11:48:44 PM
Catching the train to work.  It takes a little longer, but it costs less than the fuel alone, let alone the maintenance on the car.  And I get to read.  I haven't read in a long time and am really really enjoying it, even when I do get slight motion sickness from it.

Oh, me too! I'm not sure it even takes longer, now that my city is all clogged up with cars: one of my happy train moments -- I'd thought of posting that here, but I thought maybe it was more gloating than happy -- is glancing up and seeing that I'm flying past all the cars stalled out on the freeway. An eighth of the cost *and* half the time *and* I get to read my book.

I used to commute by train for 15 years and I also loved to read. I don't take the train anymore, because my job is now somewhere else and I miss the reading. I do not miss the delays, though. Trains are great as long as you can sit in them and they are not overly crowded. And as long as they go on time.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on October 23, 2018, 03:23:39 PM
I started getting up 15 minutes earlier each day so I can sit around and sip a cup of tea .  Tea is cheap and it makes my mornings so much better!

Right on. I used to wake up, shower and drive straight to work when I had to be there early.  They feed us for free but not necessarily the healthiest of foods. 

Now I wake up 25 minutes earlier, make breakfast which is healthy and have a cup of coffee before work.  My entire day is so much better because of it.  Even if I get 25 minutes less sleep.

Or wake up 45 minutes earlier than that, make breakfast and coffee - and then bicycle to work. Its so close to bliss that I almost don't even mind going to work. Almost. Now if I could ride a bike path with a view all the way to work I might be unbearably happy.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on October 24, 2018, 01:34:16 AM
Or wake up 45 minutes earlier than that, make breakfast and coffee - and then bicycle to work. Its so close to bliss that I almost don't even mind going to work. Almost. Now if I could ride a bike path with a view all the way to work I might be unbearably happy.

When I was at school, from age 12 to 18, I cycled 30 kms a day through some nice scenery on quiet roads, passing this windmill:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Netherlands,_Vlist_(3),_Bonrepasmolen.JPG

At that time I didn't value it that much, although I did enjoy it from time to time in good circumstances. It was much further than if I would have visited the local schools. But I was sent to a school for children with higher IQ-test results.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on October 24, 2018, 05:22:34 AM
Not free, but relatively quite cheap, I just bought a sunrise lamp for $25 (as opposed to the $200+ model I've been eyeing for 5 years) so that I can wake up to "sunrise" light every morning instead of pitch black darkness well into the morning. It's usually still pitch black by the time I get to work all winter.

It's cheap because it's not a SAD light, which I don't need. I don't actually mind the cold darkness of winter here and don't get depressed at all, I just find it really hard to wake up without light, so this has been awesome. It's only been 2 days and I'm already waking up without my usual dark-morning headache.

I have a Philips Wakeup light alarm clock. And before that one from Lumie. I think the philips cost approx 100 USD a number of years ago.

I really like waking up with a light rather than a beeping alarm clock. And going to sleep with a fading light. My current alarm clock also has options for the sound. When I use bird twitter, I wake up really early because the birds outside my house start long before the alarm clock in the spring (4 in the morning or so). So now I have Zen piano or something like that.

The Philips Wakeup Light has way too many buttons, I think 15 or so. I regularly press the wrong one with my sleepy head. The number of buttons is partly because it also has a radio function that I don't use. But in comparison, the Lumie had only 3 buttons. With the Lumie I sometimes changed the clock time instead of the wake-up time, because you needed to press the buttons in the right sequence.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: GreenEggs on October 24, 2018, 10:43:47 AM
FIRE means you don't need an alarm clock, right?  ;)


I've got the fury type of alarm clocks.  The pitter patter of their little paws on the hard floor tells me to get up now, or mop up a puddle or two later.  They're sweet & I love them, but I'd sure like to sleep in some days...
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zolotiyeruki on October 24, 2018, 11:04:43 AM
I've got the fury type of alarm clocks.
What, you get woken up by Samuel L Jackson every morning?! :P
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on October 26, 2018, 05:34:17 AM
Spending a few hours hiking in the local forest, at my own pace. I brought everything I needed and didn't feel anxious about anything.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on October 26, 2018, 12:13:08 PM
Re-truing my bike wheel. Maybe even replacing a spoke if necessary. Buy a bundle of spokes and they last forever. Anyhow a task that is very thoughtful and calming.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on October 26, 2018, 12:38:25 PM
Re-truing my bike wheel. Maybe even replacing a spoke if necessary. Buy a bundle of spokes and they last forever. Anyhow a task that is very thoughtful and calming.

My DH has the same idea about doing this.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: frooglepoodle on October 26, 2018, 02:17:03 PM
Tea, popcorn, and Netflix with my 3-year-old on a rainy afternoon.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on October 27, 2018, 01:16:23 AM
Spending the evening home alone, laying on the sofa, nice melacholic music on, tempered light and reading the last hours of my book.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Freedomin5 on October 27, 2018, 05:04:39 AM
My four-year-old’s logic. A few days ago she told me she wanted all of us to live with grandma when we repatriated. Great! She’s frugal and she loves grandma, right? Nope. I asked her why and she said, “Because grandma has a big bathtub.”
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: middo on October 28, 2018, 01:36:52 AM
A long walk tbrough the forest with my wife this afternoon.  Blissful.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: lemanfan on October 28, 2018, 03:04:07 AM
Realizing that I live in modern times - I found out by electronic means that my train is an hour late before I got out my chair to walk to the station.  Now I can read some more. :)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: kei te pai on October 28, 2018, 03:04:29 AM
Roses. A big bunch of Souvenir de Mme Leonie Viennot, grown from a cutting taken from an abandoned garden a few years ago. They are so beautiful.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on October 28, 2018, 02:26:56 PM
My walk in the forest this morning. Late in October with vold, but sunny weather. It felt like pure medicin against whatever difficulties I might have.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on October 28, 2018, 06:24:27 PM
Guacamole, because really, what more do you need? Oh, and chips to help facilitate the guacamole eating.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: FIRE Artist on October 28, 2018, 07:16:54 PM
Art books from the library sales, all softcovers for $1 and hardcovers for $2. It is always worth the trip downtown for me, invariably I find books on my wish list as well as a surprise or two.  My favourite art books in my collection were found there.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Frugal Lizard on October 29, 2018, 06:14:21 AM
Finding flowers in the garden even after waking up to snow on the ground.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Rural on October 29, 2018, 06:34:53 AM
My old dog still having the energy to go for a walk in the woods twice a day.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on October 29, 2018, 07:12:26 AM
My friend with advanced cancer celebrated another birthday over the weekend, and the current meds seem to be controlling the disease really well.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BeautifulDay on October 29, 2018, 09:17:45 PM
My friend with advanced cancer celebrated another birthday over the weekend, and the current meds seem to be controlling the disease really well.
That is wonderful.


Over the weekend we went to a state park with my annual pass. I’d pay for a pass even if we didn’t use it, just to support the parks. Day of hiking that I paid for over 6 months ago. Perfect weather and good times with DH and the doggo.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: eljefe-speaks on October 30, 2018, 11:07:11 AM
Swimming in the river in our village.

Erma - you posted this a long time ago, but I took a vacay to Switzerland this year and I envy you! The rivers and lakes looked so inviting - as if they weren't even real, like Disneyland or something. What an unbelievably beautiful country. In fact, when the jackpot for a lottery in the US was $1.5B recently, the fantasy I kept returning to was escaping to a Swiss mountain village for a few months and just breathing that air.

Free thing I enjoy - I am crazy for the fall colors on a sunny cool day this time of year.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: okcisok on October 30, 2018, 06:22:34 PM
Leaving work after a really stressful day to run a company errand. Normally I'd be irritated to have to drive across town to pick up one tiny item, but today I was really grateful to get out and see the lovely fall foliage and listen to my (free from the library) audiobook.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: CharlesBronzee on October 30, 2018, 10:41:02 PM
Getting into bed that's been warmed up by a heated mattress pad on a cold night!  Should have bought one years ago!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: EnjoyIt on October 31, 2018, 02:36:26 AM
Getting into bed that's been warmed up by a heated mattress pad on a cold night!  Should have bought one years ago!

I will counter that with: getting into bed with cool freshly cleaned sheets.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on October 31, 2018, 03:03:16 AM
Walking through a park in Berlin full of very mature deciduous trees. We don't have so many of these in Norway.
Nice to see lots of runners and cycling commuters in the park.
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Post by: Rosy on October 31, 2018, 09:28:38 AM
Getting into bed that's been warmed up by a heated mattress pad on a cold night!  Should have bought one years ago!

I will counter that with: getting into bed with cool freshly cleaned sheets.

... or my favorite, fresh off the line sheets, still smelling of sunshine:) - sometimes even still warm from the Florida sunshine.
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Post by: Rosy on October 31, 2018, 09:30:36 AM
So happy that it is finally cool enough to open the windows again - yeah, fresh air, no more AC.
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Post by: BZB on October 31, 2018, 06:00:21 PM
trick or treaters at my door
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Post by: zolotiyeruki on October 31, 2018, 07:04:07 PM
A carpet of amazingly colorful leaves on the road as I go to work, courtesy of a nice rainstorm last night.
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Post by: Hirondelle on November 01, 2018, 04:40:37 AM
IKEA 'date' with friends and then walking around the whole thing looking at furniture we don't need (nobody bought anything!)
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Post by: zolotiyeruki on November 01, 2018, 05:32:04 AM
Going on a walk this morning with DW and hearing the crackling of the leaves underfoot.  Fall is such a magical time!
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Post by: Trifele on November 01, 2018, 05:34:57 AM
Halloween!  I just love it.  Best costume I saw was a neighborhood family that had their huge black and white spotted Great Dane trick-or-treating with them.  Mom, dad, and three kids were all dressed like the dog in full spotted onesie suits with tails.  The littlest child was maybe 15 months old, wide eyed and just starting to grasp the concept of trick-or-treating. 

Young toddler in a homemade puppy costume with a little tail on it -- cutest thing ever.   
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Post by: Trifele on November 05, 2018, 05:38:01 AM
Went for a trail run yesterday with my twelve year old son.  Weather was crisp and cool, and we made a game out of catching falling leaves as we ran. 

At the end as we walked to the car, he took my hand and held it.  Magical.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on November 05, 2018, 07:40:47 AM
I found out that the particular cell phone I'm interested in buying, is available for $30 cheaper than I first presumed.
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Post by: OtherJen on November 05, 2018, 08:32:54 AM
I found out that the particular cell phone I'm interested in buying, is available for $30 cheaper than I first presumed.

Yay! Which phone did you choose?
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Post by: Linda_Norway on November 06, 2018, 04:30:53 AM
I found out that the particular cell phone I'm interested in buying, is available for $30 cheaper than I first presumed.

Yay! Which phone did you choose?

Samsung A8 (2018)
I have ordered a silicon cover for it already, at some el cheapo shop in China.
I think I'll wait for black friday to order the phone. Maybe there is an additional 10% off.
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Post by: Frugal Lizard on November 06, 2018, 06:09:01 AM
A one pot meal that I cooked in my big heavy cast iron frying pan that everyone has seconds of.
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Post by: zeli2033 on November 07, 2018, 07:10:09 AM
Falling asleep at 730pm and waking up a smooth 10 hours later, ready to take on the day. The. Best.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on November 07, 2018, 09:11:47 PM
Crunching leaves when walking around outside
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Post by: Raenia on November 08, 2018, 08:54:54 AM
New recipes!  This week we've made a lovely chana masala, and I attempted to make chicken mole with plantains.  Less than fantastic, but no worse than I was expecting given that it was very experimental, and we had to substitute several ingredients we didn't have on hand.  Still fun to try something new, and it wasn't half bad.

Not really cheap, but so grateful to have a good emergency fund and a fully funded HSA.  DH wound up in the ER last night after a minor accident at the woodshop.  Fortunately it's not serious and he's going to be fine.  But it was so nice that he could be more upset about missing part of the class he was attending than about the bill we'll be getting from the hospital.  When FIRE seems so far away, it's nights like this that remind me why we do this whole financial independence thing.
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Post by: middo on November 08, 2018, 08:04:48 PM
Our home cooking.

This week we have had:
Spaghetti bolognese, with extra chilli and a cut up chorizo (onsale really cheap) added.  Yum
Fish and chips - home fried fish ($2 for 2 of us) and a bag of chips in the freezer ($1.90 at Aldi)
Kebabs (wraps) using left over meat from a roast a while ago, shredded lettuce, capsicum, cheese and tomato with a bit of greek yoghurt.
Pumpkin Penne - pumpkin pan roasted, with a few sausages cut up and tossed through, onion, balsamic vinegar, a bit of cream and cooked penne.  Top with parmesan.

I'm hungry...
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on November 09, 2018, 07:08:10 AM
I’m drinking coffee and watching the first snowfall of the season from my cozy kitchen. It’s so pretty—big flakes falling straight down—and the best part is that I don’t have to go out in it until the afternoon.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on November 09, 2018, 12:28:36 PM
Watching interesting chess world championship on TV with Norwegian title defender.
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Post by: wild forest on November 09, 2018, 01:53:41 PM
My car needed an oil change, tire rotation, and an air filter. 

So, I bought a 5 gallon fully synthetic oil from Walmart for $22 dollars, oil filter for $5.50, and $10.50 air filter, with taxes, it came out around $40 dollars.

I went home and did the oil change and replaced the air filter by myself. Took about 30 mins. So then I called Walmart Auto center to see how much they'd charge just to rotate the tires. They said $2.50 per tire, 4 tires would be $10.

So I took over there and they put my car into the system and it's happened that I had my tires replaced at another Walmart which I forgot about it, so they said it FREE!!! I couldn't be happier with all that for around 40 dollars!
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Post by: Freedomin5 on November 13, 2018, 06:26:06 AM
Found a free crochet pattern for a cardigan online. Got a bunch of yarn for free from a friend who was moving back to her home country. Now I’m in the process of crocheting myself a cozy cardigan for fall/winter.
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Post by: BZB on November 14, 2018, 07:19:18 PM
with my kid - drawing an entire imaginary world, and all the animal characters in it, on a giant roll of paper
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Post by: Linda_Norway on November 15, 2018, 01:34:40 AM
with my kid - drawing an entire imaginary world, and all the animal characters in it, on a giant roll of paper

I remember from childhood that when my father worked as a construction engineer (and manager), we typically has access to those enormous building papers that covered the whole table. That was before Autocat existed. Those papers were not printed on the back side and we could use them for drawing board games and such. Or just put them on father's professional drawing table in vertical angle and draw buildings and other stuff on them.
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Post by: zolotiyeruki on November 15, 2018, 02:54:30 AM
with my kid - drawing an entire imaginary world, and all the animal characters in it, on a giant roll of paper
Several years ago, my brother bought our kids a big roll of paper.  We used it for five years.  Hours and hours and hours and hours of fun for the kids.
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Post by: Trifele on November 15, 2018, 05:13:59 AM
Along the same theme as the giant rolls of paper -- giant cardboard boxes are wonderful!

When our kids were little we used to go to the local appliance store for boxes (they gave them away free).  Our kids took those refrigerator and stove boxes and connected them into whole box 'cities' in our basement.  They decorated them and put furniture inside -- a total blast. 
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Post by: mountain mustache on November 15, 2018, 06:45:04 AM
we had the giant roll of paper, too! I think it lasted for about 11 years of my childhood, and we did everything with it! I have no idea where it came from, but it was the most used form of entertainment when I was a kid
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Post by: radram on November 15, 2018, 06:49:51 AM
All this talk about rolls of paper remind me of my grandmother. Her exclusive wrapping paper was a huge roll of meat paper. Every birthday and Christmas gift was wrapped in white freezer paper.


I still think of her every time I prepare meat for the freezer.
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Post by: OtherJen on November 15, 2018, 06:56:05 AM
with my kid - drawing an entire imaginary world, and all the animal characters in it, on a giant roll of paper
Several years ago, my brother bought our kids a big roll of paper.  We used it for five years.  Hours and hours and hours and hours of fun for the kids.

Thank you! You just gave me a Christmas gift idea for my niece and nephew. They loved the box of art supplies I gave them last year but would have a blast tracing each other and drawing play maps on giant paper.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Dicey on November 15, 2018, 07:00:47 AM
It used to be that you could buy ends of newspaper rolls cheaply right at the source. Alas, our local paper is now regional and not nearby. We had them throughout our childhood and found so many uses for it. Where does one acquire such paper these days? I'm pretty sure my granddaughters going to need some very soon.
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Post by: BZB on November 15, 2018, 11:44:44 AM
I got my giant roll of paper at IKEA for pretty cheap - I think it is an accessory for one of their art easel contraptions. It's not GIANT - more like medium-Giant.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: BeautifulDay on November 19, 2018, 09:18:12 PM
Not really cheap, but so grateful to have a good emergency fund and a fully funded HSA.

This! DH had a root canal last month. Got the bill for $1200 and didn’t stress over it. We’ve got the money in our HSA. Too bad our work moved away from HSA plans. But at least we’ve got some cash stashed for emergency medical stuff.

Then insurance came thru after the bill and we only owe a couple hundred. Wonderful.
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Post by: canuckiwi on November 20, 2018, 11:33:12 AM
That first smooth, quiet ride after applying desperately needed chain oil to my bicycle.
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Post by: middo on November 20, 2018, 01:31:51 PM
Our daughter coming home from University for the next 3 months.  :)
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Post by: Raenia on November 21, 2018, 06:43:24 AM
Another new recipe to add to my repertoire!  Made chicken tikka masala for the first time last night.  It's been wonderful expanding into Indian cooking, because I had always thought I didn't like Indian food.  Anytime we tried it at a restaurant, it was always too spicy for me and I couldn't taste the flavors over the burning.  Now that I can control the spice level, I find it very tasty, and so far not too hard to make either.
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Post by: Freedomin5 on November 25, 2018, 08:39:39 AM
Worked on a big, comfy cardigan based on a free crochet pattern I downloaded off the internet. It’s my first big crochet project, and I accidentally chose the wrong yarn — the yarn is much heavier than the one in the pattern. It is a happy accident though, because that extra weight is just so comforting. It’s like wrapping myself up in a cottony soft crocheted weighted blanket. So therapeutic.
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Post by: OtherJen on December 02, 2018, 08:47:49 AM
Citrus fruit in December. Yum.
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Post by: 2Birds1Stone on December 02, 2018, 09:49:04 AM
My Rumble Roller.......I foam roll and use it to crack my back on a daily basis. Amazing contraption.
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Post by: lemanfan on December 02, 2018, 11:39:07 AM
Just a long walk. :)
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Post by: middo on December 02, 2018, 03:40:44 PM
Walking through a park that has art installations in it with my wife and youngest, and discussing the art.  So much pleasure for free.
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Post by: Rural on December 02, 2018, 04:31:50 PM
Dog bed heater. My elderly Dane now grunts contentedly in his sleep instead of whimpering at intervals, making this one of my better $20 expenditures.
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Post by: OtherJen on December 02, 2018, 05:15:58 PM
A sunny day warm enough to take a walk without a jacket and open the kitchen window for a few hours (the latter also made the cat happy).
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Post by: Linda_Norway on December 03, 2018, 02:24:01 AM
Free spicy biscuits at work, because it is December.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 03, 2018, 03:17:06 AM
Falling a sleep for a nap in my recliner most days after lunch for a half hour or so
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Post by: Freedomin5 on December 03, 2018, 04:18:06 AM
Running water and a toilet that flushes, as well as the ability to take hot showers from the comfort of home. All things that I currently do not have in my home right now because I live in China, and that’s how they roll — randomly turn off your water and NOT turn it back on even though you’ve paid the bills on time — just because they feel like it...or because they do shoddy work and don’t fix their shoddy work in a timely manner
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Post by: OtherJen on December 04, 2018, 04:57:16 PM
Cold-smoked salmon from Aldi. Yum.
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Post by: ElleFiji on December 05, 2018, 06:49:37 PM
A dinner of leftover nachos with a side of leftover fried rice
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Post by: OtherJen on December 05, 2018, 06:53:39 PM
The local metroparks system.
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Post by: HumanAfterAll on December 05, 2018, 09:26:18 PM
Two mornings ago, the waning crescent moon just before sunrise, with earthshine illuminating the rest of the disk and Venus bright in the blue sky.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on December 06, 2018, 03:13:21 AM
Two mornings ago, the waning crescent moon just before sunrise, with earthshine illuminating the rest of the disk and Venus bright in the blue sky.

I saw that too,  then I walked to work yesterday. I noticed the earthshine on the moon in particular.

Most of the walking to and from work this time of the year is a bit depressing, because it is so dark. But the night sky can give an interesting view with it's brighter objects.
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Post by: jojoguy on December 06, 2018, 04:21:14 AM
Eggs. My best frugal food. $.97 for 18 pack at my local grocery store. I have been eating a ton of them for the past few months. They are also a big reason I have dropped a lot of weight and body fat since August.
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Post by: 2Birds1Stone on December 06, 2018, 07:06:03 AM
Over easy are the best, on a slice of toasted bread, with some salt and pepper sprinkled into the yolk. Yum
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Post by: middo on December 06, 2018, 04:57:38 PM
I love my egg poached, on multigrain toast with sriracha sauce and parmesan.
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Post by: OtherJen on December 06, 2018, 05:54:55 PM
I prefer an over-medium egg with salt and pepper on a slice of buttered toast.
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Post by: HappierAtHome on December 06, 2018, 06:35:32 PM
Baby slept in enough that I could have coffee in bed with my husband this morning. A very cheap luxury!
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Post by: Linda_Norway on December 07, 2018, 04:34:46 AM
I was working outside my house, cleaning out snow by hand. Then I heard a woodpecker. I always like to hear them minding their own business close to people doing their work. I couldn't locate it though, and I hope it was pecking into a tree and not somewhere into my house. There are lots of trees around my house.
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Post by: jojoguy on December 07, 2018, 05:00:33 AM
Baby slept in enough that I could have coffee in bed with my husband this morning. A very cheap luxury!

Ahhh, coffee.
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on December 09, 2018, 03:31:23 AM
Waking up early (not to early)rested. All is quiet, a cup or two of coffee and doing what I am doing now. Reading/on my laptop and enjoying the peace and quiet with the fire on low before the day gets rumbling!
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Post by: BZB on December 09, 2018, 08:19:49 AM
Making a giant batch of pesto from my basil plants I just harvested. Because it's December, and that's when basil growing season ends in Houston...
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Post by: OtherJen on December 09, 2018, 11:37:17 AM
It was really cold this morning (16ºF/-9ºC), and neither husband nor I had anywhere to go. We slept in and then enjoyed coffee and a hot breakfast in our south-facing kitchen with the winter sun streaming in. I love the angle of the light in December.
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Post by: Just Joe on December 09, 2018, 10:08:06 PM
Took the dog for a bike ride this evening. Was sprinkling ever so slightly. Just enough to make everything wet. I love to hear the sound of the bike tires on the wet pavement, the dog's toe nails trotting along, the sound of the trees and the wind. She's snoring a little right now, sound to sleep on her dog bed.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on December 10, 2018, 12:11:12 AM
Yesterday I had my first cross country skiing trip this winter. Very good tracks most of the way. Very few people in the tracks. Nice light in the sky.

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Post by: Freedomin5 on December 10, 2018, 08:59:30 AM
Love the color of the sky @Linda_Norway !

I baked gingerbread today, and now the aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla permeates the apartment. DD said it smells like Christmas. Once the icing sets, we are going to have fun decorating the gingerbread house.
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Post by: lemanfan on December 10, 2018, 10:08:15 AM
Love the look of that, Linda.  No snow that stays here yet.  That's life of Söte Bror.

My happy cheap thing today is soup.  Today with lentils, onion, carrot and selleri.  With a sandwich on the side and glass of milk too.  Not quite ready yet, but I better go check my stove again. 
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Post by: mountain mustache on December 10, 2018, 06:26:24 PM
My happy cheap thing today is soup, too! Ham, veggie and potato, simmered in the crockpot all day...time from entering the door from work and eating was less than 5 min. Perfect after a 10 degree bike ride home!
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Post by: Trifele on December 11, 2018, 03:38:35 AM
Yes to soups and stews!   Last night I made a big pot of black-eyed pea stew with bits of ham and sausage.  Served it hot over rice with vinegar sprinkled on top.  Very cheap and yummmm.
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Post by: zeli2033 on December 11, 2018, 08:42:53 AM
Have to jump on the soup/stew/crockpot -cooking train! Made a new vegetarian lentil chili this weekend that was absolutely delicious on such a cold day. And have lots of leftovers for this week, yummy :)
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Post by: Raenia on December 12, 2018, 07:38:59 AM
The feeling of the sun on your back on a very cold day.

The look on someone's face when they expect you to have a complaint or problem and you give them a present instead.  I dropped off a small box of cookies for our apartment's leasing office, and for our IT department at work, and the look on their faces was wonderful.  This is my favorite part of the holidays.
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Post by: OtherJen on December 12, 2018, 07:22:09 PM
Pomegranates. They’re $1.19 each at the local Aldi and they’re both delicious and oddly satisfying to pull apart.
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Post by: sequoia on December 15, 2018, 11:17:28 PM
The look on someone's face when they expect you to have a complaint or problem and you give them a present instead.  I dropped off a small box of cookies for our apartment's leasing office, and for our IT department at work, and the look on their faces was wonderful.  This is my favorite part of the holidays.

We do a lot of business with the local post office. We always drop-off cookies, snacks, fruits, etc around Christmas in the past several years. They are always slammed around this time of the year. The line snakes all the way into the lobby. We hope our little gift makes their day a bit brighter.
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Post by: OtherJen on December 25, 2018, 09:13:03 AM
Coffee and fruitcake for breakfast, tamales to follow, and a peaceful Christmas Day with no scheduled plans.

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!
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Post by: Trifele on December 26, 2018, 05:43:07 AM
Venus was absolutely gorgeous this morning before dawn -- huge and luminous, shining like a diamond in the southeast sky. 
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Post by: mountain mustache on December 26, 2018, 06:34:19 AM
being able to mountain bike and hike again after two long surgery recoveries this summer/fall
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Post by: Evgenia on December 28, 2018, 07:17:43 PM
Library books, $4 Revlon sale lipstick, bars of Ivory soap, and Costco coffee. Just love 'em.
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Post by: Dixie_Amazon on December 29, 2018, 07:29:05 AM
Tea while watching the whistling ducks on the lake behind our house.
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Post by: Radagast on December 29, 2018, 10:59:46 AM
Eating frozen blueberries with chopsticks.
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Post by: SerenaDarrin on December 30, 2018, 07:37:41 PM
I woke up, looked out the window, and it was snowing!  We've been lamenting that we didn't get a White Christmas, so it was nice to see. :)
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Post by: OtherJen on December 31, 2018, 07:33:52 AM
A game of give-and-take with a friend’s very cute and mostly non-verbal early toddler. Basically, she would give a little stuffie to me (or sometimes throw it at me which was apparently hysterically funny), I would thank her and hug it, give it back to her, and get a joyous squeal in return. Rinse and repeat until she hit peak glee.

I really don’t get to spend enough time with kids aged 6-18 months. They’re so much fun.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on December 31, 2018, 07:38:27 AM
At Christmas I found out that my brother has found a job again. A bit outside his exact field of expertise,  which makes him more generally attractive as an employee. As he has been without a job for some time and only had temp jobs before that. He likes the company, has a decent commute and can in the morning cycle his sun to school before going to work. I am very happy for him.
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Post by: Just Joe on December 31, 2018, 01:22:58 PM
A surprise December day in the mid-60s F. Like today. Except the rains set in shortly. Still enjoying hearing the wind roaring through the tall trees.

I'll take what I can get.
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Post by: zolotiyeruki on December 31, 2018, 06:56:07 PM
Finding a pair of earplugs in my pocket during the countdown to "midnight"* with a dozen screaming kids.

*The parents don't want to stay up until midnight, and don't want the kids to stay up either, so we pull up a video of the Sydney fireworks and show it at 7pm :)
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Post by: Just Joe on December 31, 2018, 08:18:52 PM
Or an occasional internet failure near bedtime...
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Post by: SerenaDarrin on January 01, 2019, 10:52:46 AM
Really good leftover food from a New Years Party!  Mini Pizzas!  :D
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Post by: stoaX on January 02, 2019, 12:50:36 PM
Finding a pair of earplugs in my pocket during the countdown to "midnight"* with a dozen screaming kids.

*The parents don't want to stay up until midnight, and don't want the kids to stay up either, so we pull up a video of the Sydney fireworks and show it at 7pm :)

My kids are grown now.  That's one thing I miss about when they were little - the ability to trick them.  It's an underappreciated but satisfying aspect of parenting.
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Post by: Linda_Norway on January 03, 2019, 01:13:59 AM
Yesterday my DH found out that the new season of one of our favorite TV shows is back on TV (world champions in different sports competing each other). We missed the first episode, but watched it online together last night. It was every bit as interesting as the other years.

It is on the channel that we have to pay for anyway, as we own a TV. So there is no additional cost. It is also commercial free.
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Post by: Just Joe on January 03, 2019, 11:05:28 AM
What is the name of the TV show?
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Post by: effigy98 on January 03, 2019, 06:14:16 PM
Path of Exile... free
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Post by: Basenji on January 03, 2019, 07:16:15 PM
Libraries, libraries, libraries. Wandered around the stacks of my local library today. Found and borrowed a book I've wanted to read, "The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South." Sooo good. I had first seen the author, Michael W. Twitty, in a 18th-century cooking YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwkRWIwZ43A
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Post by: OtherJen on January 04, 2019, 11:18:43 AM
I'm almost 41 years old. At this morning's dentist appointment, I learned that I still have not developed my first cavity. AND I got a bag of freebie dental products.
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Post by: sequoia on January 05, 2019, 05:42:34 AM
Slept early last night so I woke up early on Saturday, then enjoy my coffee and browsing for news in my home office. Really appreciate the quite time before my little troublemaker wake up lol
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Post by: mountain mustache on January 05, 2019, 08:46:26 AM
I'm almost 41 years old. At this morning's dentist appointment, I learned that I still have not developed my first cavity. AND I got a bag of freebie dental products.

kudos to that! Seriously, that is awesome.
I was not responsible with oral care in college, and also ran a lot of long distance races (so ate a lot of sugary energy products) in my late teens, and now 10 years later I'm paying for it with 4 cavities I have to get filled with no dental insurance. I also skipped the dentist for about 5 years, which is another thing I'm kicking 18 year old me for.
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Post by: OtherJen on January 05, 2019, 03:57:02 PM
I'm almost 41 years old. At this morning's dentist appointment, I learned that I still have not developed my first cavity. AND I got a bag of freebie dental products.

kudos to that! Seriously, that is awesome.
I was not responsible with oral care in college, and also ran a lot of long distance races (so ate a lot of sugary energy products) in my late teens, and now 10 years later I'm paying for it with 4 cavities I have to get filled with no dental insurance. I also skipped the dentist for about 5 years, which is another thing I'm kicking 18 year old me for.

Yeah, my minimal sweet tooth has definitely helped. But a lot of it is sheer dumb luck. I have celiac disease that wasn't caught until I was in grad school so my teeth have loads of white spots due to nutrient malabsorption, to the extent that a new dental hygienist asked if I had been malnourished as a child. I am careful with my teeth, though. My grandma had full dentures, and I think that scared me into good dental hygiene as a kid.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 06, 2019, 05:23:26 AM
Days like yesterday in the Fridgid upper Midwest getting up to 50 degrees and sunny and able to walk along the Lake front in January.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 06, 2019, 09:16:58 AM
Today I joined a free mushroom picking trip from the club that I'm a member of. There was a real expert too, so I learned some new species. Nice to meet many familiar like-minded people again. And I even found an edible species, in January! Flammulina Velutipes.

I took the train on my husband's train card, so the transport didn't cost anything.

Tonight I am making food that contains a plant I found in the spring.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Tabitha on January 06, 2019, 10:08:02 AM
I live the snuggle of a comfortable shawl when the room is a little cool, but not cold enough to adjust the thermostat.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: slackmax on January 06, 2019, 10:43:11 AM
 Made a tray of lasagna from scratch. Taking cheap generic Prevacid antacid which allows me to eat the lasagna without too much of a problem with acid stomach. Putting on grubby clothing for a walk up and down a local hill, to burn some calories and to affect the blood numbers in a good way. 
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on January 07, 2019, 09:50:40 AM
Progress on projects around the house. Thanks to warm weather: repairs to two of our cars so I can ready one for sale.
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Post by: Aegishjalmur on January 08, 2019, 07:29:42 PM
Went for a hike today and rounding a rock outcropping get a nice view of a great horned owl perched about 20 ft away watched us. It was almost noon so even though it was cloudy I was not expecting to see one out and about.
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Post by: OtherJen on January 08, 2019, 08:55:15 PM
Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips leftover from Christmas baking.
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Post by: pegleglolita on January 09, 2019, 12:22:02 PM
The slight pops and crackles in vintage records before the music starts.  Bought at the thrift store for $1 of course!  So much magic out there you will never find on iTunes or Spotify or Soundcloud...
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 10, 2019, 01:52:21 AM
Having a good conversation at home where we find resolving solutions for stressful problems.
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Post by: nancy33 on January 15, 2019, 10:14:17 PM
The inaturalist app on my phone. Searching for and identifying birds, plants, and most of all mushrooms 🍄 Very challenging!
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Post by: Just Joe on January 16, 2019, 08:08:21 AM
"dog hugs" and a happy dog.
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Post by: ATMD on January 17, 2019, 04:28:05 PM
Internet Connection

Board Games

Free Offline Games

Listening YT songs

Read forums
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: MikeBT on January 17, 2019, 06:31:27 PM
paying cash and getting a discount from businesses that don't report their earnings
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on January 19, 2019, 07:28:03 AM
It’s snowing fairly heavily right now. I don’t need to leave the house today.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Raenia on January 19, 2019, 07:25:40 PM
It’s snowing fairly heavily right now. I don’t need to leave the house today.

+1 for days when I never change out of sweatpants and a bathrobe.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zolotiyeruki on January 19, 2019, 09:33:26 PM
It’s snowing fairly heavily right now. I don’t need to leave the house today.

+1 for days when I never change out of sweatpants and a bathrobe.
sadly, it fell to me to remove the 10" of drifted snow that accumulated on our driveway, so I had to get dressed today.

Of course, snow days are also great opportunities to tackle projects inside the house as well
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: jojoguy on January 20, 2019, 08:05:31 AM
I mentioned eggs earlier in the thread. Now, I am going to mention tilapia and broccoli.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 20, 2019, 10:56:53 AM
In the moning, seeing a red squirrel in pur garden, eating the sunflower seeds we put in a feeding devise. It sat there for some time, digesting the bunch of foid. I filled up again for tomorrow.

Having a nice ski trip close to home with DH. Beautiful winter sunshine on frosty trees.

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Post by: Linda_Norway on January 20, 2019, 11:01:07 AM
Here is the other picture.

Sorry, I don't know how to delete the second picture on the iPad...
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Post by: OtherJen on January 20, 2019, 09:19:02 PM
A lunar eclipse and a clear night. It's too cold to spend more than a few minutes outside at a time (3°F plus wind) but we can see it easily from our driveway. If only I could keep my glasses from fogging up.
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Post by: Trifele on January 21, 2019, 03:31:44 AM
The full moon rise last night was stunning.  The sky was shades of blue and purple that you only see in the winter.

Thanks for the pictures @Linda_Norway!  So beautiful.   
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: zolotiyeruki on January 21, 2019, 07:25:26 AM
A lunar eclipse and a clear night. It's too cold to spend more than a few minutes outside at a time (3°F plus wind) but we can see it easily from our driveway. If only I could keep my glasses from fogging up.
That *was* really cool to see. We pulled our kids out of bed to see it, too. Some of them even woke up.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: AnnaGrowsAMustache on January 21, 2019, 05:33:05 PM
Here is the other picture.

Sorry, I don't know how to delete the second picture on the iPad...

That's gorgeous. I wish we had winters like that.
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Post by: TRD on January 22, 2019, 03:55:05 AM
Dog snuggles.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on January 26, 2019, 03:41:41 PM
A warm house on a cold night, and the possibility of finally finishing this sweater I've been knitting since before Thanksgiving.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: OtherJen on January 26, 2019, 05:29:02 PM
A warm house on a cold night, and the possibility of finally finishing this sweater I've been knitting since before Thanksgiving.

And the sweater is off the needles!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 27, 2019, 03:41:48 AM
Not having to go to work during this snowstorm weather (because it's Sunday).
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Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 27, 2019, 04:57:56 AM
Going to our local HS sporting events. Just on a whim and sooooo bored because were in Midwest Freeze lock my one DS was going to go the the Girls varsity BB game. Never been. Went and it was quite entertaining.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: radram on January 27, 2019, 10:57:35 AM
Going to our local HS sporting events. Just on a whim and sooooo bored because were in Midwest Freeze lock my one DS was going to go the the Girls varsity BB game. Never been. Went and it was quite entertaining.

+1 to that. When our first child was about 1, our local girls varsity High School team was playing in the state championship. There was this sophomore phenom that was supposed to be great to watch. We knew know one, but it didn't matter.

Best game I have ever been to. The opposing team just shut down the phenom, and the rest of the team stepped up. They won after about 4 lead changes in the 4th quarter on a buzzer beater 3 pointer.

I couldn't hear for about an hour. Well worth it.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 28, 2019, 05:04:51 AM
Going to our local HS sporting events. Just on a whim and sooooo bored because were in Midwest Freeze lock my one DS was going to go the the Girls varsity BB game. Never been. Went and it was quite entertaining.

+1 to that. When our first child was about 1, our local girls varsity High School team was playing in the state championship. There was this sophomore phenom that was supposed to be great to watch. We knew know one, but it didn't matter.

Best game I have ever been to. The opposing team just shut down the phenom, and the rest of the team stepped up. They won after about 4 lead changes in the 4th quarter on a buzzer beater 3 pointer.

I couldn't hear for about an hour. Well worth it.





Yea similar experience was ours. Our HS wasnt ranked but played the # 4 ranked team in the state and there was a girl 3 or 4 D1 Colleges were there to watch on the opposing team. Our HS shut her done and won by like 17. So loud and fun. Between the band and the student section with there chants I was just glad to be sitting on the other side of the gym!
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on January 28, 2019, 05:32:47 AM
Every day I can add something to this thread:

https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/ask-a-mustachian/what-small-things-did-you-do-today-to-save-money/
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: jengod on January 28, 2019, 07:03:46 PM
Watching hummingbirds collect milkweed fluff to line their nests.

Listening to my kids play Monopoly with my husband.

Making crispy paprika chickpeas in my vintage cast-iron skillet that I thrifted for .99 a decade ago.
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Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 29, 2019, 02:27:19 PM
-Conversations that happen on road trips. I read somewhere that the best conversations with your teens/kids happen in the car, & it's true! We had a failed ski trip a few weekends ago due to weather, but had some amazing conversations with the kiddos.
-Quieting my brain for a few minutes when meditating. So refreshing in the day to day distracted world I normally occupy.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on January 30, 2019, 09:34:50 AM
Catching up with friends. Hearing how their projects are going.
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Post by: Lauran75 on January 30, 2019, 01:25:43 PM
Having your cat waiting patiently for you to sit down to eat breakfast (at the computer in my office) and then immediately jumping up and curling up on your lap to go to sleep. (This does make it difficult to get to work on time - having sleeping kitty on lap and it's time to get going - go to work and disturb kitty, or let kitty sleep and not go to work ...)
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on February 03, 2019, 09:10:53 AM
Three days of sunny, warm weather in January. 50s and 60s!
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Post by: OtherJen on February 03, 2019, 09:48:59 AM
Three days of sunny, warm weather in January. 50s and 60s!

+1. Although it is surreal to swing from -13°F to +50°F within a 4-day period.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Aegishjalmur on February 05, 2019, 04:17:18 PM
Being able to help out a guy with a flat tire and a broken jack. First time we had used the jack for our van but worked like a charm as his small SUV was nowhere near the same weight class. So two cheap things that make me happy for the price of one
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Just Joe on February 05, 2019, 04:48:48 PM
The weather surprised me and they are calling for mid-70s F tomorrow! Of course I'll be at work... Dang it! :)

If I wasn't demo'ing a big project tomorrow, I'd call in sick with "cabin fever" or something.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on February 06, 2019, 01:05:15 AM
This weekend I met a guy who was wearing his long johns (indoors) with a short woolen thing with trousers over it. He said it had belonged to his grandmother and was many decades old. His aunt had adjusted it, so that it fit his body. We were all amazed to hear that a woolen garment was still fully functional after so many decades. I felt happy hearing that someone reuses such an old garment during his winter trips.
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Post by: Trifele on February 06, 2019, 04:07:23 AM
This weekend I met a guy who was wearing his long johns (indoors) with a short woolen thing with trousers over it. He said it had belonged to his grandmother and was many decades old. His aunt had adjusted it, so that it fit his body. We were all amazed to hear that a woolen garment was still fully functional after so many decades. I felt happy hearing that someone reuses such an old garment during his winter trips.

That's cool @Linda_Norway. Was it a "union suit" with a flap in the back, like this?   
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Post by: Linda_Norway on February 06, 2019, 04:28:15 AM
This weekend I met a guy who was wearing his long johns (indoors) with a short woolen thing with trousers over it. He said it had belonged to his grandmother and was many decades old. His aunt had adjusted it, so that it fit his body. We were all amazed to hear that a woolen garment was still fully functional after so many decades. I felt happy hearing that someone reuses such an old garment during his winter trips.

That's cool @Linda_Norway. Was it a "union suit" with a flap in the back, like this?

No, there was no flap in the back. More something like this:
https://www.lanullva.no/lanullva-tynn-ullboxer-off-white
But then much older with thicker wool.
Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Trifele on February 06, 2019, 04:41:11 AM
This weekend I met a guy who was wearing his long johns (indoors) with a short woolen thing with trousers over it. He said it had belonged to his grandmother and was many decades old. His aunt had adjusted it, so that it fit his body. We were all amazed to hear that a woolen garment was still fully functional after so many decades. I felt happy hearing that someone reuses such an old garment during his winter trips.

That's cool @Linda_Norway. Was it a "union suit" with a flap in the back, like this?

No, there was no flap in the back. More something like this:
https://www.lanullva.no/lanullva-tynn-ullboxer-off-white
But then much older with thicker wool.

Ah, got it.  Just the short bottom, not the whole body.  (I guess we don't have a word for that garment in English that I know of.  It's not a union suit, and I don't think it's long johns since they are short.  I guess wool boxers? is as close as we can come.  Or maybe we should just call them "short johns" haha ). That is very impressive that it has lasted that long and is still being used.

Title: Re: Cheap Things That Make You Happy
Post by: Linda_Norway on February 06, 2019, 04:58:56 AM
This weekend I met a guy who was wearing his long johns (indoors) with a short woolen thing with trousers over it. He said it had belonged to his grandmother and was many decades old. His aunt had adjusted it, so that it fit his body. We were all amazed to hear that a woolen garment was still fully functional after so many decades. I felt happy hearing that someone reuses such an old garment during his winter trips.

That's cool @Linda_Norway. Was it a "union suit" with a flap in the back, like this?

No, there was no flap in the back. More something like this:
https://www.lanullva.no/lanullva-tynn-ullboxer-off-white
But then much older with thicker wool.

Ah, got it.  Just the short bottom, not the whole body.  (I guess we don't have a word for that garment in English that I know of.  It's not a union suit, and I don't think it's long johns since they are short.  I guess wool boxers? is as close as we can come.  Or maybe we should just call them "short johns" haha ). That is very impressive that it has lasted that long and is still being used.

The ones that I linked to look very comfortable for CC skiing trips in low temperatures. I was looking for something like that myself several years ago and ended up buying 2 pairs of 3/4 long johns in much thinner wool. But these look very tempting...
But being Mustachian, let's not buy them, as I don't really need them. There are always clothes that will look tempting for various reasons.