New Series — $5 Friday!

I am very excited about a new series I am starting on Frugal Family Fun Blog called $5 Friday! The idea is simple — each Friday I will be posting about frugal family activities that can be done for $5 or less for a family of four. That’s right, entertainment for the family for just five bucks! You won’t want to miss it, so if you have not already subscribed to the feed, now may be a good time to do that. It is free to subscribe, so click here to get started.

Here is how we spent our $5 today….

We made homemade bubble solution! I picked up a bottle of Dawn dishwashing liquid on sale for 99 cents, and I had a coupon for 25 cents  (which was doubled), so this cost just 49 cents! Mix 1/2 cup of dishwashing soap with 2 cups of water, and a few tablespoons of light corn syrup, and you have a fabulous bubble solution!
Clara got to run her fingers through the grass and explore the outdoors for a bit…
I bent a wire hanger to make a large bubble blower. We found some wire hangers in the closet after we moved, so this was free.

It made really large bubbles!

After being outside for a bit, we made a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I am not much of a baker, but the pre-made mixes make this a lot easier.
I found this one at Big Lots for just $1. The box says it makes 16 cookies, and for once I found that to be accurate.
Mmmm… cookies and milk!
Now we are off to play outside for a bit more with our sidewalk chalk (mentioned in this post), I paid just 39 cents for the box!
Here’s the recap of how we spent our entertainment money:
Dawn dishwashing soap — $0.49
Cookie Mix — $1.00
Chalk — $0.39
Light Corn Syrup — $2.39
Total Spent = $4.27


  1. Looks like you had a great day! I like the idea for the home-made bubble solutions and wand. Will have to try that out.

  2. aprilfoolwed says

    What a fun day! We’ll be trying the homemade bubbles soon (I still think it’s too cold to do anything remotely WET outside!).

    I LOVE Big Lots – I start my grocery shopping there each week because you can get things for half or less there! Yay for Big Lots!

  3. I just found you via a comment from my blog. LOVE this concept. I am always stumped on fun family activities that don;t break the bank. I just signed up for your rss feeds.

  4. @ Ivy — Thanks so much! I was surprised how big the bubbles turned out. If you try it with your kids, I would love to hear about it.

    @ april — I usually start my grocery shopping at Big Lots too. Especially for things like cereal, crackers, pasta, and jarred tomato sauce. Oh, and olive oil!

    @ Nicole — So happy to hear you will be joining us on the feed. Now you won’t miss any updates! This new series will be challenging, but I think it will prove to be a lot of fun!

  5. sagemanor says

    Add me to the Big Lots fan club!! I’ve bought undies, curtains, food, and loads of other stuff there. I just can’t get over the price difference! Your day looked lovely! And warm!…we are still way too chilly here!! Looking forward to frugal beach days!!

  6. I love the idea of the Frugal Friday.

    I will be doing the bubble soultion for sure.

    I would love it,if you would share your frugal craft ideas on my Showcase Saturday!!!

  7. Tried the home made bubble solution today. Instead of corn syrup, I used glycerin. The kids loved them. Thanks!

  8. I will definitely be following this series!! Thanks!! 🙂

  9. Ok, once again I have to thank you for the bubble recipe! I made them again today and the kids are having a great time with them and the sprinkler and a neighbor with a water squirter.