Summer Vacations, Cheapskate-Style

Can you believe it's already August? I don't know where the summer went! Oh wait, yes I do... It went to summer fun, vacations, and family time! I hope you are all having wonderful adventures this summer too.

As for me, I spent a week in June up north at the cabin on Big Birch Lake with my family. It was really relaxing:

Big Birch Lake
New Leiney's ad campaign?
View of the cabin from the lake (Right)
Dotty's first time on a pontoon
Loon sighting
"Lover's Lane"

No vacation would be complete without a trip to a museum, according to my dad. He and I went to the Runestone Museum in Alexandria, Minnesota one hot afternoon (Can you believe nobody else in my family wanted to visit a museum when they could be out on the lake?)

It was fascinating to learn about the Kensington Runestone and its possible Norse Viking origins:


The biggest Cheapskate-style part of our vacation was our annual trip to the St. Cloud Goodwill and Savers for some serious thrift-shopping. We heart Goodwill! I found so many great things, including several pairs of brand new Target brand (Merona) heels for $1.99 - Talk about a bargain!

All my treasures from Goodwill and Savers.
I paid less than $30 for 8 pairs of shoes!

$4.99 Water Fountain Cat Bowl - Rocky loves it.
My favorite purchase - It was $9.99 but so cool! Bamboo lap desk with built-in cup holder and book/magazine rack on the side.

Well, that about wraps up my summer vacation! ....Oh wait, we also did this:

Pokemon Monopoly...Yes, that happened...


Robin Lodermeier said…
i need to get to good will in st cloud honestly didnt know it was there!

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