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Hi Everyone, I hope you are having a great day.
Parents I am sure you can relate. You buy your kids toys, games, clothes and so much more. Some of it gets used over and over again.
Other items get tossed aside or placed on the shelf for the occasional use. But there is always that one item, that one item that gets used more than anything.
The one thing we never thought about but really needed.
Last summer we bought our son an inner tube. You know the kind you can put in the swimming pool or play on the ski hill with.
My husband blew it up and we used it for the summer in the pool. We thought at the end of season we would deflate it and store it till the snow arrived.
Our son loved it. It was his floater, he could spend hours in the pool just floating around and relaxing.
But when the end of summer came and it was time to store everything the inner tube moved inside. Much to the wrinkle of my nose, inner tubes are outside toys – if you could call it a toy.
The inner tube has now taken up permanent residence in our family room. And to be honest I am not minding it as much.
Our son uses this thing more than anything else and to be honest I don’t mind it as much as I use to.
He sits in it to watch television. I guess it is not really that different from a person having a favorite chair or recliner. This is just kid style.
He lounges in it to read his books. Our son could spend hours lounging in his inner tube reading Geronimo Stilton books chapter after chapter.
He uses it as a video game station. Have you ever as a Mom or a business person pulled out the computer or a good book and sat on a lounger or the floor or the corner of a bench or under a tree and gotten stuff done?
You can essential sit just about anywhere and be “productive”. Our son has figured out the perfect positioning of the inner tube for comfort, arm resting and optimal gaming. And yes I laugh about it because this Mom is not a gamer.
He does gymnastics with it and occasionally he bounces on it. Essentially this inner tube has become a life size fidget spinner of sorts.
So why am I writing about an inner tube when I blog about saving money and simple living?
Why, because this inner tube cost my husband maybe $10-$15 and it gets used more than some of our more expensive toys or some of our recreational/gym equipment.
So in the saving money sense of things I am saving money on toys, activity equipment and furniture all the way to the bank. On the simple living side, take happiness in the small things and the things that make you smile.
One item, one item that we thought would get used for a few months in the summer and a few days in the winter is in fact getting used all year round.
I think this inner tube is a great mesh of savings and simplicity and my son really enjoys it. Believe it or not his friends and cousins think it is real cool too.
Happy child, happy mom. Finding joy in the small things.
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Have an amazing day,
Saving & Simplicity