Yes this post is once again about financial stuff but thats pretty much in the forefront of my mind all the time lol.
Hence of the reasons I haven't posted in so long is I couldnt pay the Telkom account lol *sigh*
You know when the girls go to J they have a ball of a time. He can afford to take the girls to Gold Reef City and to movies and for take outs.
Me? I just can't. What I would pay on one day out like that would feed us for a week. So Dad is always the "Cool Dad".
So I try keep us busy at home - I hire the girls a DVD, we bake, we do beading, we take the dogs for a walk. We go to "free" places like Emmarentia and feed the ducks but that becomes "boring" for them rather quickly. Sometimes I also want to be the "Cool Mom" you know? The Mom that takes them to interesting places and shows them new things.
With the long weekend we have just had I was glad that J had the girls for at least 2 days - I was searching for places to take them that wouldn't cost me an arm and a leg, and seriously - I don't know how places that would make for a fun family day out can justify the entrance fees they charge. Unless its because I don't have that much to spend that is seems excessive? I know there are running costs etc - but they just seem beyond the reach of the normal family - like they are geared for the tourist?
Just as an example:
Lion and Rhino Reserve - R460 for a family of four
Lion Park - R390 for a family of four
Johannesburg Zoo - R160 for a family of four
Pretoria Zoo - R180 for a family of four
Gold Reef City - R500 for a family of four Movies - R196 for four tickets.
Monkey Sanctuary Harties - R580 for a family of four
I can't see how (with exception of the zoo) that any of those days out could cost under R1000 as you would still need to pay for breakfast/lunch and other little things throughout the day that the kids ask for lol.
Lol my girls and I are just going to have to be creative as far as entertainment goes for a little while longer :)