Frugal Fun Day

October 1, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning fun-loving penny-pinchers. Today is Saturday, October 1st. The holidays today are:

Frugal Fun Day

It is often said that it is the simple things in life that bring us the most pleasure. With that in mind, I present to you Frugal Fun Day.
Frugal Fun Day was created by  Shel Horowitz, author of The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant’s Pocketbook and is celebrated on the first Saturday in October. In all probability, this holiday was created to promote his book, but nonetheless, it gives us the opportunity to have a little fun without having to empty our piggy-bank.
The purpose of Frugal Fun Day is to do things that make you happy, but don’t cost a lot of money. With Autumn in full swing, why not take a hike and enjoy all the splendor that nature provides. Go fly a kite in the park. Have a picnic in your back yard. Play some board or card games with your family. Put together a puzzle. Go to an ice cream parlor and share a milkshake with your sweetie. I could go on, but I think you get the idea — There are innumerable ways to have fun on a budget.

Inter-American Water Day

The Inter-American Water Day was created in 1992 by the Pan American Health Organization, the Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering, and the Caribbean Water And Wastewater Association and is celebrated on the first Saturday of October annually. Its aim is to highlight the vital role clean water plays in the well-being, health, and sustainable development of life. It is meant to express the existence of the shared values in all American countries, underline the sense of Pan-Americanism, and reinforce the collective interest in water, life and health worldwide.

International Raccoon Appreciation Day

International Raccoon Appreciation Day started out as Racoon Appreciation Day in 2002 and was created by a girl in California. As the word spread, mainly to the girl’s relatives in other countries, the name was changed to International Raccoon Appreciation Day soon thereafter. It is celebrated on October 1st annually.
International Raccoon Appreciation Day was meant at first to show that not everyone so despised raccoons and to discourage the many people who misguidedly tried to keep them as pets. It has grown over the years to include almost all animals that, while being an integral part of the local ecosystem, are considered by local residents as pests or nuisance animals. The goal of International Raccoon Appreciation Day is to raise awareness about the value of all animals and to prevent the destruction of habitat so that they can continue to thrive in the wild. This could include raccoons and coyotes in rural parts of the United States or elephants in farming communities of Africa.

National Walk Your Dog Day

Just like many of their owners, 40 percent of dogs…a total of about 17 million in the United States alone, are overweight. National Walk Your Dog Day seeks to remedy this by encouraging you to walk your beloved canine companion for at least 30 minutes every day. a 30-minute walk every day will make you and your furbaby happier and healthier and will meet national recommendations for heart health.
Diet, of course, is also a factor in your chubby pups overall health. I know it is difficult not to give in to the temptation of feeding your dog ‘people food’, especially when they look up at you with those forlorn puppy dog eyes, but if you want to keep Rover healthy, you’ll resist. What your dog eats makes a big difference in their energy level, which in turn, can help quell behavior problems. If you rid your dog’s diet of corn, wheat, sugar, by-products and chemicals, you’ll see a major change in their behavior in no time at all. Be sure to make the changes in your dog’s diet gradually, or you take the risk of upsetting their delicate digestive system.

CD Player Day

The first CD player went on sale in Japan on this date in 1982. It cost $674 (around $1600 it today’s economy). There were only 50 different CD’s available at the time and they cost about $35 each in today’s dollars. Supply and demand quickly brought the prices down increased the number and types of CD’s available.
Advances in computer technology, portable music devices such as MP3 players, and ‘cloud’ storage have rendered CD’s obsolete. Some people still buy them, but for the most part, CD’s are a dying breed. Sales of CD’s and CD players have dropped sharply in recent years.
To celebrate this holiday, hook up your ancient CD player and play the oldest CD you have.

Model T-Day 

On this date in 1908, the Ford Motor Company introduced the Model T in Detroit, MI. It was the first mass-manufactured automobile in America and revolutionized the automobile industry. The original Model T’s weighed 1200 lbs and cost just $850.
Look for Model T clubs across America to be sponsoring events in your area.

Fire Pup Day

Fire Pup is the all-purpose mascot dog of fire departments everywhere. Fire Pup is the hardworking canine that travels from elementary school to elementary school in the fire truck’s seat of honor, helping firefighters teach children about fire safety by being adorable. Fire Pup Day salutes these canine representatives.
Most people associate Dalmatians as the typical Fire Department mascot, but they can be any breed as long as their temperament allows them to interact well with small children.

Homemade Cookies Day

Nothing makes a house smell like a home more than the aroma of freshly baked cookies. An unofficial holiday, Homemade Cookies Day encourages you to whip up a batch of your favorite homemade cookies today.
Although some “purists” might disagree, if your kitchen skills are non-existent, or if you are just plain lazy, buying refrigerated cookie dough or a box mix at the supermarket, then baking a batch at home, is perfectly acceptable today. Get busy! I don’t smell any cookies baking yet.

International Day of Older Persons

International Music Day

Less Than Perfect Day

National Black Dog Day

National Ghost Hunting Day

National Lace Day

World Card Making Day

World Vegetarian Day

On this date in

  • 1800 – Spain ceded the territory of Louisiana back to France. Later the property would be purchased by the United States effectively doubling its size.
  • 1880 – Thomas Edison began the commercial production of electric lamps at Edison Lamp Works in Menlo Park.
  • 1896 – Rural Free Delivery was established by the United States Post Office.
  • 1903 – The first modern World Series took place between the Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • 1933 – Babe Ruth made his final pitching appearance. He pitched all nine innings and hit a home run in the 5th inning.
  • 1940 – The Pennsylvania Turnpike opened as the first toll superhighway in the United States.
  • 1946 – The International War Crimes Tribunal in Nuremberg sentenced 12 Nazi officials to death. Seven others were sentenced to prison terms and 3 were acquitted.
  • 1946 – The first baseball playoff game for a league championship was played. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers, 4-2.
  • 1949 – Mao Tse-tung raised the first flag of the People’s Republic of China when the communist forces had defeated the Nationalists. The Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan.
  • 1961 – Roger Maris (New York Yankees) hit his 61st home run of the season to beat Babe Ruth’s major league record of 60.
  • 1962 – Johnny Carson began hosting the “Tonight” show on NBC-TV. He stayed with the show for 29 years.
  • 1971 – Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, FL.
  • 1979 – The United States handed control of the Canal Zone over to Panama.
  • 1989 – The authorized Charles Schulz biography, Good Grief, was published.
  • 1989 – 7,000 East Germans were welcomed into West Germany after they were allowed to leave by the communist government.
  • 1990 – President George H.W. Bush addressed the United Nations General Assembly and once again condemned Iraq’s takeover of Kuwait.
  • 1992 – The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (S.A.L.T.) was approved by the Senate.
  • 1998 – The United States government posted a $2.2 million reward for the capture of Augustin Vasquez-Mendoza. He was accused of killing an undercover United States agent during a drug purchase in 1994.
  • 2001 – San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban Internet filters designed to keep pornography away from children at city libraries. The board left the decision up to the Library Commission to decide whether to install filtering software in children’s areas. A federal law in the United States mandated the use of the filters.

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