We went to the zoo (membership so it was $0) and I packed a picnic and some snacks in case the little ones got hungry (always!). To my surprise--and delight--there was NO asking for extra food or souvenirs. They did ask to go on the carousel, which I had to say no to since my membership does not cover that, but the girls took it well (the youngest, not as well but I gave him grace since he's barely three ;) ). But what I really appreciated was that I realized how easy it is to go to something more special and yet skip even the small purchases. I often times feel compelled or obligated to get them a little something when we go someplace fun--even if it's tiny. But I stood firm and they barely noticed. That is a savings that will come in handy for years to come.
Perfectly happy without zoo treats! (Looking at a komodo dragon)
Getting out of the house = nice. Spending $0 = awesome. Practically no complaining = priceless.