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If you’ve been following me for some time, maybe you’ve noticed that Brian and I put an emphasis on the joy of the simple things in life and share them here with you. We do love a no-spend weekend.
And in recent months, we’ve put an even larger emphasis on finding these free and low cost adventures because we are watching something very major in our life!!
And its making us really pause.
What is it?
My parents are moving into a retirement village and its the kind that takes a person from Retirement village to Independent Living to Assisted Living to Nursing Care to the end of life. And, as my family has come together to help them navigate, we are all realizing how much financial planning this takes. Most importantly, every choice we make (even the small ones) will determine how we retire. Every $5 or $500 we can save on a consistent basis will determine our quality of life in our latter years.
With my husband being 51 and I’ve crossed over the 40’s and now at 42 . . . in some ways it feels as if life is just taking off but also we know retirement is not that far away. Lately, we have been awake at night wondering will we have enough money for our goals, and also are we staying on top on everything in our financial world like our taxes, our investments . . and our Will for those we leave behind.
And we know that setting aside even small amounts of money now and choosing not to spend on everything we want right now will set us up for the future.
Thankfully, we love exploring the hidden gems of the city, one of the reasons we started this website for DFW.
And so we will be leaning more into that. Like I said above, consistently saving a few bucks here and there can make all the difference.
So in this article I want to do 2 things for you: I want to invite you to a challenge and share some cool ideas to make it easier. I have never ever challenged y’all and years ago when learning to deliver speeches at the Mind Gym, I was told a great speech is capped off with a challenge to the listeners.
So I think you’re ready for a BIG challenge.
And I promise, we are in this together. It’s gong to be good for us, our families, our health, our mental well-being and our wallets.
Here’s our challenge to you – for this weekend, spend no money.
That’s right ➡️ I challenge you to spend No. Money. At. All.
But what about your kids who constantly need something (and by need you know that’s just a want)
Todd Chrisley really said it best, am I right? 😂
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When it comes to budgeting, implementing a no spend weekend may sound a little daunting. Especially in our great big metroplex.
So what exactly is a No-Spend Weekend?
A no spend is literally just that — not spending any money on the weekends.
Saturday night dinner at Bobs Chophouse? Nope
Sunday brunch at Truluck’s . . . nope again.
We are not going to go without a good supper you guys, we are just make something at home or make ourselves a picnic. I mean, your Instagram will love a picnic shot. Have teenagers? ➡️ This will be your selling point to them.
I’m sure your freezer and pantry have some hidden treasures, it could be quite the adventure for your palette. Or maybe before the No Spend weekend starts you hit up George’s Coffee & Provisions and their downtown Farmer’s Market to set your household up for success.
Toss that Brooks Brothers wardrobe to the side this weekend and let’s go full on exploration mode!
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13 Ways to Enjoy a No-Spend Weekend in Flower Mound
1 Murrell Park is free to the general public and once you’re inside, there’s endless ways to spend the day. Whether you’re settling in for a quiet picnic, hitting the trails or taking to the water, you can do it all right there. While you’re there you might see wild deer, coyotes, rabbits that wander through the wilderness.
2. Enjoy free indoor play time at The Ark in Coppell. This indoor area has board games, play structures and tables for you to sit and enjoy your own picnic. And its perfect if you have little ones or if its too hot, too cold, too rainy, too humid . . you name it. This place is free to the public and open to the public except on Fridays. The only thing you’ll need to do is register here first.
3. Enjoy a board game. We don’t think there is anything better than a heated 5-hour game of Monopoly. And, if you are looking to refresh your game closet on a budget, try the Half Price Books (there’s one in Lewisville, Plano, Las Colinas and everywhere in between)
4. Visit Bob Jones Nature Center in Southlake.
5. Take a stroll along the Riverwalk in Flower Mound.
6. Enjoy a free outdoor concert in Lewisville
7. Visit the Elm Fork Nature Reserve in Carrollton. There is no better way to destress from your 9 – 5 and the demands of life as an executive than to get out amongst the trees.
8. Run or mountain bike through Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano (Tom Ziglar and his family love this one).
9. Enjoy the phenomenal Kids Kastle in Highland Village or Kid Kountry in Coppell which is is one of the most iconic landmarks in the city of Coppell.
10. Spring clean your home. And for those of you that work at a home office, this is essential. Decluttering your space, declutters your mind. And I get it, it seems like the worst weekend plan ever BUT trust me, once its done, it will be one of the best things you’ve ever done to your house. You’ll start your Monday feeling like a new person. (speaking from experience on this one of course)
11. Volunteer. The DFW community needs your help in all ways, always. Feel free to listen in to this podcast with the City of Plano Volunteer Supervisor on what you can do.
12. Amp up that Instagram with the Mustangs of Las Colinas and walk along the Mandalay canals.
13. Take the M Line Trolley to tour Uptown or the Downtown Dallas Arts District. Yep, the trolley is completely free and so much fun!
Spending quality time with family and friends isn’t about going out and spending, its about the best memories you have with them.
Go make some memories and enjoy all that the Flower Mound area and bordering cities have to offer. And be sure to join the chatter over here on the page.
P.S. For a complimentary review please call our friend Glen Smith who was awarded Forbes Best-in-State Wealth Advisor of 2019.
About Glen D. Smith & Associates
Glen D. Smith & Associates is a leader in providing financial and retirement planning services to individuals and families across DFW. The office offers a comprehensive approach to address all aspects of clients’ financial life. To learn more about Glen D. Smith & Associates, visit glendsmithandassociates.com.
Here’s his contact information:
1029 Long Prairie Road, Suite C
Flower Mound, TX 75022
Thank you to Glen D. Smith & Associates for sponsoring this post, 13 Ways to Enjoy a No-Spend Weekend in Flower Mound. I was paid for my time but my love of the mission of leaders in our community providing financial and retirement planning is something that I believed would bring value to my local DFW audience.
Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc., member FINRA/ SIPC. Investment Advisory Services offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc. Glen D. Smith & Associates is not a registered broker/dealer, and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services.
The Forbes ranking of Best-In-State Wealth Advisors, developed by SHOOK Research, is based on an algorithm of qualitative criteria and quantitative data. Those advisors who are considered have a minimum of seven years of experience, and the algorithm weighs factors like revenue trends, AUM, compliance records, industry experience and those who encompass best practices in their practices and approach to working with clients. Portfolio performance is not a criteria due to varying client objectives and lack of audited data. Out of 29,334 advisors nominated by their firms, 3,477 received the award. This ranking is not indicative of an advisor’s future performance, is not an endorsement, and may not be representative of an individual client’s experience. Neither Raymond James nor any of its financial advisors or RIA firms pay a fee in exchange for this award/rating. Raymond James is not affiliated with Forbes or Shook Research, LLC.
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