My son is a tall boy, but not old enough to stay at home by himself.
Saturdays are the days that my daughter has many activities that she goes away with my wife in the mornings. For instance, in the morning she goes off to gymnastic class. For a month or so, I drifted without doing anything other than sleeping in longer than I should. Then once my wife and daughter would get home at noon, we had a tradition of going out to a fairly expensive lunch.
But eventually, I realized that this was a wasteful and unnecessary expense, so instead I decided to take advantage of the father and son time, and in the same instance, I decided to make the day cheaper by grilling lunch and eating out on our deck instead of going out for lunch. But that still left the wasted morning for my son and I to deal with.
At first, I thought I would take my son to pay golf, or go to the driving range, but since he has golf lessons, it’s not as fun for him, so instead I created a challenge for the summer that would be frugal and healthy at the same time. As you might have guess from my title, it involves biking. Actually it’s more of a biking goal than a true challenge.
You see, I have this map of the city we live in, taped to my office door, but it’s over 10 years old now and not accurate. Instead of throwing it away, I decided to create a biking challenge for my son and I. The challenge is to ride our bikes on every street in our small city before the year is over (or it gets too cold) and highlight the streets we’ve ridden on using a highlighter on the map.
Since our city has streets that are somewhat hilly, it’s great exercise for us both, but especially me since I’m a bit out of shape. I expect that after a few weeks, my legs and lungs will get quite a workout.
It’s frugal because riding our bikes only cost us the bottles of water that we drink during the ride.
It’s a great challenge and I have to admit I thoroughly enjoy it!