1. All those pesky appointments yielded an unexpected tax refund, a newly updated will, good test results and a generous supply of prescription drug samples. Plus, we learned we could order one medicine in the 40 mg version and split each pill in half. This will save us $10 a month at the pharmacy. It helps to have a family doctor who is frugal himself.
2. Cold gray weather meant we used our YMCA membership several afternoons as a family. Thank God for Dads. My husband used his powers of persuasion to have my son begging for more time in the nursery, so I could get back on the cardio routine and have time to shower afterward. Also discovered the complimentary tea and coffee bar.
3. The natural meat experiment made for several tasty meals at home, discouraging us from eating out. When we did go, we used a BOGOF coupon for my birthday meal at the Indian restaurant. We also found Backyard Burger's Kids Night on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We ate there after the Y, splitting an adult combo between us while my son ate free. Backyard Burger is my all-time favorite "fast food."
4. Free fun at two outdoor stores: a great author lecture at REI about all the places to paddle around Nashville and an excellent fly fishing clinic at Bass Pro Shop.