Fun at the Fair – a frugal trip to the fairgrounds

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Frugal at the Fair

The Washington County Fair was a few weeks ago! Tuesday night was family night; tickets were $2 each with the donation of a canned good. Our littlest is still free! Total cost for admission was $6. That’s a small price to pay for so much fun at the fair!

As always, the kids had a blast running around the fairgrounds, climbing in different off-road vehicles and tractors, and of course checking out all the animals. One of the goat farmers even brought a sweet little baby out for the kids to pet. We only missed the pigs because we had a hard time keeping the two-year-old off the ground!

We have a yearly tradition of getting a funnel cake to share. This year did not disappoint! If you live in Northwest Arkansas and plan to eat some goodies at the next fair I highly recommend Nacho Momma’s Tacos. Their food is reasonably priced and yummy!

We saved money by eating an early dinner (it was taco Tuesday after all!), filled up some water bottles to help with the heat, and put on our boots! Getting out of the house to do something with the kids doesn’t have to bust the budget!

Technically we could’ve been more frugal by not ordering snacks, but we splurge on fair food once a year. We even brought our own water bottles, so the total cost of this frugal fun outing was just under $20. I can live with that and so can our budget!

Don’t Miss out on the Fun at the Fair Next Time!

If you missed the fun this time, be sure you make it next year! There is good old fashioned frugal fun at the fair! Check the schedule for your local fairgrounds so you are sure to enjoy some frugal fun at the fair the next time it comes to your area!

Frugal and Floral Fun – The Botanical Gardens

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Frugal and Floral Fun on a Dime

I don’t know why I hadn’t gone before, but when a dear friend visiting this summer treated us to a trip to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks we had a blast! This frugal and floral experience fits in the budget rather easily. Click here for admission fees and information if you live in or are planning to visit Northwest Arkansas. There is a kid’s section complete with a human-size bird’s nest accessible by bridge, reading railroad, and a wonderful little butterfly house. We will definitely be going back.

Frugal and Floral Fun in the Children’s Garden

This is a beautiful area for the kids to play in with a sculpted cement tree, magnet wall, and even a small pond. The reading rainbow train has couches for train cars. There is also a very large walking stick sculpture that makes for a great photo op if you have multiple kids old enough to sit on it.

The Butterfly House

This small, but beautiful little screened-in oasis was a hit with the kids. There are gorgeous flowers, sculptures, and of course butterflies inside a beautifully designed structure.

Walking Trail and Other Gardens

The paths are easy to follow to the different gardens if you have kids in tow or even a stroller. I definitely plan to go back when it is a little cooler outside. With events and activities year-round from firefly nights to Christmas events we can be sure to find the time for this frugal and floral activity!

There is also a native plants garden, and a chicken coop ( which is almost always a hit with small children), which are not pictured here.

The Japanese garden with the koi pond provides a nice bit of shade to sit in and cool off and looking for fish was entertaining for our bigger butterflies. This is definitely a must-see for Northwest Arkansas. My only complaint is why didn’t I go before?!