(Not a totally zero dollar day because Ben had to go to Menard's for a lightbulb, windshield washer fluid, and chalk board paint because it turns out we painted that one wall in the playroom with CHALKED paint, which I don't even know what the hell that is and TOTALLY explains why the paint peeled off when we tried to erase stuff. Ha! We are so good at home improvement!)
The kids all had no school yesterday for professional development for their teachers, and I, of course, scrambled around for some things to do. The local bounce house place had a $10 for the first kid/ $7 for each additional kid special. About $31. We had coupons for the trampoline park-- a bogo and 2 passes for an hour free with a paid hour. But it's really pricey per hour, so I'd still be looking at $30 because I would have to pay for myself, too, because I am a sucker for bouncing on trampolines. We had a few free bowling coupons, but we would still have to pay for shoes, and odds are we would play more than one game to make shoe rental worth it, so that was going to be about $35 plus the inevitable snacks and drinks that I would be badgered mercilessly to buy. Plus all of those things sounded like more effort than I wanted to put into the day. I mean, I did not take a shower until 6 pm.
So! I thought maybe it would be fun to challenge myself to spend nothing and still make the day great. Sitting around and bitching at the kids all day is free, but it's not so fun. For them.
Jack was pretty sure his day would be fab because he slept in a tent in the basement after we watched Groundhog Day, so I mean, he literally woke up awesome.
When we got home, not only was Ben there (yay! I tagged myself out immediately!), but my super awesome Planned Parenthood tote bag arrived as well. I ordered it before Christmas, and it finally came! At the end of a long day, like a little present for having fun for ZERO DOLLARS.