Times are tight and we’re starting to feel it here. My husband works in the steel industry which is being hit fairly hard by the economic slowdown. We’re very lucky that he works for a company that pays on a sliding bonus scale, otherwise he may have been laid off like so many others. However, there is a downside to this pay scale, when they aren’t producing much steel, paychecks just aren’t what they were.
So of course, now is the perfect time to have company, lots of company. (Please note there was some sarcasm there.) My house is packed to the gills with a total of seven children and four adults. I won’t lie, right now it feels as though my life is revolving around preparing a meal, refereeing said meal, cleaning up the meal, and then starting over. Normally early mornings and late nights are mine to use for writing. Here are five things we’re doing to cut costs while family is visiting:
- Taking advantage of local parks. The kids run off some of their energy and sometimes we adults have a chance to chat.
- We’re eating in.
- We’re sucking it up and not using paper plates, as tempting as it might be.
- Backyard campfires help the kids unwind in the evening, get rid of some of the tree debris in our yard, and provide free entertainment.
- Our guests brought their reusuable water bottles, which help cut down on extra dishes and plastic water bottles.
What do you do to help cut costs when guests invade?