Families who Game Together

D&D with the kids… Free.

Funny accent when pretending to be a goblin… Free.

Disbanding a gang of local ruffians… Free.

Lucky surprise sneak attack completely defeating the gang’s wizard leader in 30 seconds instead of the hour of combat I had planned… Free.

An evening interacting with my kids instead of us all staring at electronic screens: PRICELESS


LARP Birthday Party!

Getting beaten by small children with foam swords: Free.

Getting to beat small children with foam swords: Free.

Playing in a giant blanket fort, outside all afternoon: Free.

Defeating the evil sorceress and rescuing the king: Free.

Making a super memorable LARP birthday party for a 9 year old… PRICELESS


Frugality Challenge: Dinner.

My Oldest Daughter, age 12, and I went to Kroger with the task of buying dinner for us with a $10 budget. We weighed fruit, compared nutrition and did tons of math. She surprised me and decided we didn’t need meat as it was the most expensive item and we already had plenty of protein.

Final order… Store brand tortilla chips ($1), small block of Colby Jack ($1.88), snack carrots ($1.29), two bananas ($0.50), a 32-ounce sports drink ($0.56) and a four pack of store brand pudding cups ($1).

Total bill with tax… $6.46.

We ate our fill, enjoyed the pudding and had about a third of the food left over for her lunch tomorrow.

But mainly we had a really fun hour of discovering and learning and laughing and building good habits.