I have a secret that I will share with you…I LOVE bargains! Yes, that’s right, I love saving money. Who doesn’t? I do whatever I can to save. I wouldn’t consider myself cheap; I am just conscious of how I spend my hard earned cash. I will occasionally splurge on things like a nice dinner or some new clothes but for the most part, everything I spend is planned. I have to plan; I’m a new homeowner!

A few weekends ago I had a great Saturday planned. My morning started at Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus, on Market Street in Lowell. The house-like feel makes you feel relaxed and welcomed anytime of day. They serve cafe drinks such as coffee, hot chocolate, lattes, and chai tea. Brew’d Awakening also offers a variety of pastries and desserts, made-to-order bagel sandwiches and more. On this morning, I ordered two breakfast sandwiches, a coffee, and purchased a newspaper. I had a coupon with me from the Entertainment® Book (only one of the best purchases I have made in a long time) for “Two-for-One Menu Item”. With this I only ended up spending $6.00 for everything. Sweet deal if you ask me!

Next, it was off to the American Textile History Museum (ATHM) located on Dutton Street in Lowell. I had two free admission passes and well, since it’s right across the street from where I live, I figured I would check it out. Even if I didn’t have passes, I had still planned on visiting the museum. They currently have an exhibit called “The Wonderful World of Kites” now through May 27, 2012. This exhibit showcases that kites are more than child’s play.

“They are objects of artistic expression as well as cultural and religious symbols, tools of war, artifacts of history and instruments of science, technology, and mathematics.” athm.org

At the ATHM, you will experience the history of textile not just in Lowell, but the impact it has had throughout the years on society. Wanna find out what sheep and baseball have in common? Then visit the museum Wednesday to Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm. Admission is free for children under 6, $6.00 for children 6-16 and senior citizens, and $8.00 for adults. AND if you have an Entertainment® Book for the Greater Boston area, there is a coupon for “Buy One Admission, Get One Free.”

Later on in the night, I made my way over to the Tsongas Arena to watch the UMass Lowell River Hawks game. For only $7.00 a ticket, I was able to enjoy a Division 1, college hockey game with family and friends. The River Hawks games offer all of the amenities of a professional hockey game but for a much lower cost.

My day was perfect. I had a very eventful day without spending a fortune to do so. And I walked everywhere so I had great exercise and saved on gas! It just goes to show that you can be frugal and still have fun!