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November 7, 2007

how to have a fun frugal old age

Filed under: frugal — plonkee @ 12:00 pm

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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