Frugal Fun Day – October 2, 2021

Do you believe you can have the time of your life without spending big bucks? Well, look no further because Frugal Fun Day on October 2 this year is the ultimate day for you to have all the fun in the world without breaking the bank. Frugality, which means to spend money sparingly, is a quality that may be frowned upon for its “cheapness” factor. However, in today’s fast-paced world, where everything is getting more and more expensive by the minute, being frugal is something everyone should strive for. Frugal Fun Day encourages you to have fun by spending $5 or less on a fun activity. If the activity is free, then that is even better. The goal of the day is to make people realize that money doesn’t make for a fun time, it is up to YOU to have fun.

History of Frugal Fun Day

The first Frugal Fun Day was invented in 1999 by Shel Horowitz. It is celebrated on the first Saturday of every October. Horowitz is an avid American writer who is famous for his money-saving tips and tricks that have aided businesses, national and international, to flourish and grow. Some of his most prominent works include guiding businesses towards a greener and more sustainable approach. Horowitz has been featured in notable publications like the “ Boston Globe,” “Los Angeles Times,” and “Cleveland Plain Dealer.” The idea to celebrate a day of frugal fun came to Horowitz through his book called “The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant’s Pocketbook.” Published in 1995, the book tells readers how they too can live like royalty without spending too much money. Taking on a more refined approach four years after the publication, Horowitz came up with the idea that spending too much money to have fun is not necessary.

With the right mindset and some easy economical calculations, you too can have fun. Firstly, the weather during October, with the masterpiece of shades of orange, brown, yellow, and red, gives you the opportunity to make the most of this by going for a walk or a hike in nature. If you are in the mood for relaxation, you can also get some snacks like cookies, sandwiches, and coffee to keep you nice and toasty. Going to the beach is another option albeit unconventional given the weather. But if you are not much of an outdoorsy person and your idea of fun is within the four walls of your home, then that’s fine too. Put on a movie or a TV show, or grab a book to read. Invite some loved ones over and play board games. If none of these are your cup of tea, don’t worry once again. Just do whatever floats your boat and have the time of your life — just remember not to spend a cent!

Frugal Fun Day timeline

1995
Horowitz’s Book is Published

Shel Horowitz publishes his book on having fun like the elite, calling it “The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook.”

1999
First Frugal Fun Day

Shel Horowitz announces the first Saturday of every October to be celebrated as Frugal Fun Day.

2010s
Frugal Fun Era on the Internet

The internet becomes the ultimate place for many people to have frugal fun by having access to cheap/free online games and e-books.

2020
Frugal Fun Boom During COVID

With the entire world under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the frugal fun industry booms, allowing people to enjoy the simpler activities in life without spending too much money.

Frugal Fun Day FAQs

What is a frugal person?

A person who spends money while keeping their social and economic values in mind is frugal. 

Does frugal mean being cheap?

Absolutely not. Being frugal is being aware of your priorities and spending money on things that you care about. On the other hand, a cheap person will want to save money no matter what.

Is it worth being frugal?

Yes, it is worth being frugal. Becoming frugal will help you to achieve your life goals as you live within your means and do not spend on things that are of little value to you. 

How To Celebrate Frugal Fun Day

  1. Do something new

    Frugal Fun Day is the chance for you to try your hand at something that you haven’t done before. It could be going to an orchid to pick apples or to a field to choose a pumpkin since Halloween is just around the corner. Doing something new could also mean simply visiting a fair or a festival and taking in the atmosphere.

  2. Be on your feet

    Given today’s technology and the general sedentary lifestyle, many of us tend to spend our days lounging around without moving our limbs and muscles too much. Go out for a fun time at the park. Play some frisbee or throw and catch a ball to loosen up those muscles and give yourself a dose of exercise.

  3. Have a photoshoot

    Take out your best outfits, give yourself a makeover, and get ready to walk the runway. This could be a fun activity with your loved ones. You can take turns having fun photoshoots of one another.

5 Facts About Frugality That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Promoted in religions

    Many religions like Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism believe that frugality is important to live a good and peaceful life.

  2. Good for the environment

    Recent research studies by environmentalists have shown that living a frugal life is great for the environment as it promotes a less wasteful life.

  3. Being more financially aware

    Being frugal allows you to become more financially aware of your everyday needs and desires.

  4. Repurposing given value

    Items that would otherwise go to waste by being unused, tend to become repurposed by frugal people, saving money as well as the environment in the process.

  5. Opens up new horizons

    Once you realize that money is just a means to fulfill basic needs in life, you will be able to see the bigger picture and what matters more to you in the short and long term.

Why We Love Frugal Fun Day

  1. It’s a celebration of frugality

    Frugality is a great way to save money for the rainier days. Being frugal doesn’t mean you are penny-pinching instead of having fun. Being frugal, instead, is evidence of your awareness of your social and economical needs. It helps you prioritize important things for both your present and your future.

  2. It’s a celebration of simple fun times

    If you have the right mindset, you can enjoy (and learn) from everything that life throws at you. You don’t need to spend big wads of cash to have a good time. Some cold drinks, snacks, and the right company can also do the trick for you.

  3. It’s a reminder of the environment

    Our environment needs us to act now more than ever. We need to be frugal and stop spending money on things that may give us temporary pleasure but are of no use in the long run. For example, spending money on items like clothes or accessories that you don’t need is wasteful as these things will most likely remain unused, ending up in the trash later on.

Frugal Fun Day dates

YearDateDay
2022October 1Saturday
2023October 7Saturday
2024October 5Saturday
2025October 4Saturday
2026October 3Saturday

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