I’m sure everyone is familiar with the difficult economic times that are among us; not everyone feels it the same way as others but we all know whats going on. These days a lot of people are losing their jobs and struggling to make ends meet. It has really put things into perspective for me as I catch myself complaining about my job when I should really be thanking the heavens that I even have a job. “THANK HEAVEN FOR MY JOB and my Ability to be independent!”
With that said, having fun has taken a back seat in many peoples lives because they simply cannot afford it. I’m here today to show you can have fun with no money in your pockets- ok maybe not $0 but a few bucks wont hurt! tee hee!
I had some family visit over the weekend! This is Ciera , a Diva in Training, she knows all things lip gloss, pink, and purses. And, shes an eater- shes a girl after my own heart!
Before I get into what we are doing sitting here, I wanted to mention that we started our adventure at the Aqueduct Flea market in ozone Park. Entrance fee: $1 per person, kids free, seniors .50. The flea market is HUGE! Lots of clothing and knick-knacks that people need for the home. I was excited because there was a huge pet section – and everyone knows that pets are expensive. I managed to pick up a Pedi-Paw for Mickey for only $5 and a pet hair remover for $4. We cleaned up! Please check it out when you are in Queens or ever in the mood for a really good flea market! Men- there are several sections for cars!
After 3 hrs, a sun burn, and 3 bottles of water later, we were all hungry. Since we were in Queens Already, I suggested my favorite neighborhood restaurant, Tu Casa. They have a great meal there for a family that is $24. it comes with A whole rotisserie chicken, rice, beans, salad, and one side. there were 7 of us so we ordered two…. $48 later- we each ate a full meal for a little more than $6 a piece- NIIIIICE!
Heres my cousin and My mom. We were posin before “Linner“.
My cousin and Caleb. Caleb is the Lothario, the heart throb
, the Casanova. He’s the lover, not the fighter. Hes my heart- I love him. Oh, yeah- thats Ciera’s
big bro. they love each other so much! its so cute!
Here’s my papa and cousin’s hubby-Cliff. Caleb looks like his daddy-o and Ciera
looks like her Momma!
Ah, now onto the food. Do we really need an explanation???
we went on to enjoy our afternoon but had a REALLY hard time deciding what to do next. A really great tool that no New Yorker should be without is TONY
No, hes not my Italian Cousin, its Time Out New York. Its jam-packed with lots of cheap and free things to do in NYC. For those with kids, TONY has a GREAT TONYkids
Just because we are on a budget doesnt mean we cant find anything to do!
Some free things to do outside of TONY:
– check out your local craft/book stores: there are lots of free readings/story telling and crafts that you can do for FREE
– read your village voice
to find out how to score free tickets to movies on premiere night! I got to see many movies before they came out for free- be prepared to pay with your time but you wont spend a single cent!!
-Washington Square Park is full of NYU students honing their skills in the form of the arts: music, dance, skits, and art- check it out on the weekends.
-Local Parks: Prospect Park, Forrest Park, Central Park are having a lot upcoming family events!
-FREE Concert in Coney
Island this Saturday! click here
Want anymore??? Send me an email at moniquer83 at gmail dot com and I will find you and yours something to do!