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International Frugal Fun Day--A Celebration of Under $5 Fun

The first annual International Frugal Fun Day is Saturday, October 2, 1999, and on the first Saturday in October from here on in.

October may seem like a long time from now, but it's not, really. I want you to participate in this important new holiday--and it'll just take a minute of your time.

Just click on this maillink.

If your program doesn't support live clicks, just address a note to me ( and use the subject: FrugalFunDayIdea (no spaces).

Send me your best idea for fun under $5. I'll compile a list of them, publish it in this newsletter, credit you if you're the first one to submit an idea, and even announce the list to the media. We will all be able to create this holiday together!

To get you thinking, here's the text of the initial press release about International Frugal Fun Day:

Enjoy Under $5 Fun During the First Annual International Frugal Fun Day, Saturday, October 2, 1999

NORTHAMPTON, MA: Fly a kite...enjoy a picnic on the beach...attend a free concert...take a stroll through a botanical garden or a hike up a breakdancers perform on the streetcorner...organize a tug-of-war or New Games tournament...explore an interesting new neighborhood...throw a buck into a street musician's instrument case and listen for an hour...attend a Minor League ball game...savor a gourmet dessert in the fanciest restaurant in town...

These are just some of hundreds of possibilities for celebrating International Frugal Fun Day, to be held the first Saturday every October, starting October 2, 1999.

Click here to read ideas from other readers

Listed in Chase's Annual Events and Celebrate Today, International Frugal Fun Day encourages every single person to do at least one really fun thing that costs under $5 per person--fun things with zero cost are especially appropriate. The new holiday also asks communities to set up free public events. It has attracted interest as far away as Japan.

International Frugal Fun Day is the brainchild of Shel Horowitz, author of The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook. This 280-page book lists literally thousands of ways to cut the cost of travel, recreation, live entertainment, dining, even romance.

Horowitz believes Frugal Fun has an important part to play in the voluntary simplicity movement. "Frugality doesn't mean deprivation," said the 42-year-old author, who sees a dozen or more free concerts a year, stays in private homes all over the world for free during his frequent vacations, and bartered for his beautiful Persian rug. "Once people realize they can still have a fabulous time without spending very much money, it opens up enormous possibilities for living more lightly while enjoying a better quality of life."

Horowitz's book is available direct from the publisher at, 877-FRUGALFUN (toll-free from the U.S. or Canada), 413-586-2388.

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