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how to have a fun frugal old age

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A friend of mine is retired, I think he’s in his mid-seventies, after many years employment as a university professor in several different countries. I was talking to him at the weekend, and he was telling me that he’s turned over a new leaf.

In an effort to keep his mind sharp and his body active, he’s decided that he has to get out of the house every day and do something interesting. This is an excellent idea as getting out and about regularly can halt a long decline into inactivity and doing something interesting that gets the mind working helps keep it in a good working condition.

But, it’s not enough that he get out of the house to do something interesting. No, it all has to be free. He was telling me that so far he’s seen a classical music concert, visited an art exhibition on slavery and its abolition and attended several talks at various libraries.

Of course, he’s aided in his quest to do everything for free as he gets free local bus travel (after 9:30 am on weekdays and all weekend). In April, this will get even better as he’ll be able to take advantage of free bus travel all over England.

It just goes to show that it’s never too late to take advantage of frugal fun.

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5 comments for “how to have a fun frugal old age”

  1. I think the DC metro is half price for seniors (something like that) and most of our museums are free or have low senior prices. If I were 45 years older, this would be a great, frugal place to explore. It’s still pretty frugal if you live here. Free bus travel would be nice too. :)

    Posted by Mrs. Micah | November 7, 2007, 12:14 pm
  2. That is such a lovely idea. I’m in London and there is so much to do here that you don’t have to pay a penny for. However, you tend to forget about it as there are also quite a few more expensive things around.

    Plus if you go out for the day you have to bring your own packed lunch if you wish to keep costs down or else you’ll end up spending a fortune on food and drink, not so cheap after all!

    Posted by Miss Millionairess | November 7, 2007, 8:53 pm
  3. That’s admirable. I am in my mid thirties and I wish I had the energy to do something interesting every day… between work and kids, interesting stuff typically waits for the weekend.

    Posted by shadox | November 8, 2007, 7:56 am

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