Frugal Fun – More Puzzle Club

Saturday night, my friend from my original puzzle club and I decided to make some plans to hang out.  We hadn’t seen each other since my wedding, so it was long overdue.

When deciding what to do, we were discussing maybe going out to a restaurant or bar or something… but decided to stay in and puzzle for some frugal fun.

Our evening consisted of a puzzle (that made the transition from my parents’ basement to my house before they moved…), two bottles of Prosecco wine (yes, two ladies drank two bottles – we had fun!), a bowl of popcorn and some Hershey’s kisses.


Let’s compare what we would have spent if we had gone out for the night…

First the entertainment… while I’m sure we probably could have just gone to a restaurant or pub with no cover, let’s say that we decided to go to a movie, or a comedy show, or something similar… That would probably run us at least $10 each, so $20. That compared to the free entertainment provided by my parents’ basement…

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Puzzle Club Update


Do you remember a while back I wrote a post about how to start a puzzle club?  I bet you thought that would be a one time thing… and you’d never hear about it again, right?  Well, you would be wrong… In fact, our puzzle club has grown!

A few weeks back we had my bridal shower.  It was a beautiful sunny afternoon, and we hung out on my parents’ patio for quite a long time.  My original puzzle club friend was in attendance, and her gift to me was a puzzle roll-up storage thing.  The perfect solution to the overly intense puzzling of our first meeting.  So, of course we had to explain why I would need such a thing, and so word of the puzzle club was spread.

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How to Start a Puzzle Club

This past weekend, my friend and I had our first ever puzzle club meeting.  That’s right, we started up our own puzzle club (yes, we are dorks and proud of it!), so I thought I’d share with you how it came to be, so that you can start your own, if that’s something that interests you…

1. Discover a Shared Love of Puzzles:

The first step is to find some members for your club.  Back in February, I went on a girls’ weekend three of my friends from university.  We try and make it an annual thing to get together, since we live in different cities and are all crazy busy with our different activities and lives.  I may have mentioned these girls’ weekends before with my February budget review and at the beginning of my “five photos, five stories” challenge.  Anyway, on this particular trip, we planned to go skiing but unfortunately the snow at the hills around us this year was really bad and so the mountain that we went to was pretty much shut down.  So, what do you do for a weekend in a ski cabin?  Do puzzles and drink wine, of course!  Our first night in the cabin we discovered a collection of puzzles, and that was it…


On the way home, one of the girls that lives in the same city and I were discussing how much fun the puzzles were and decided we needed to do more puzzling and drinking wine, and so was born the idea of our puzzle club.

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