Kate Gosselin celebrated her own “independence day” from ex-husband Jon several years ago, but like the war between the American colonies and Great Britain, they’ve made a peace that promises to be lasting. Jon even apologized publicly for his part in their marriage troubles and called Kate “a great mom.”
And now that the worst of the bitterness seems to be behind them, Kate is comfortable enough to share a fun memory about the way she and Jon used to spend the 4th of July back when they were merely the parents of twin daughters.
In her weekly Coupon Cabin blog, Kate recalls how they joined the fun and friendly rivalry of their Wyomissing, PA, annual holiday parade, decking out Mady and Cara‘s stroller for the patriotic decorating competition.
One year, Jon and I even tucked our babies into bed and as we began to decorate our double jogger stroller, we felt compelled to cover our garage windows so that no one would catch a glimpse of our masterpiece ahead of time. The competition was fierce, I tell you! It makes me laugh to remember the energy and creativity we turned loose on such a contest.
It must have worked – they won first prize one year and second prize the next.
Now Kate’s a single mom of eight, and her kids’ stroller days are long behind them. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have a glorious Fourth – and Kate doesn’t have to spend a fortune doing it. Here are some of her tips for frugal celebrating:
- Does your neighborhood hand out little flags at July 4 or Memorial Day celebrations? Keep them and use them to line your driveway.
- Buying flag-themed decorations and tableware can get expensive, especially if you only use them once a year. “To save, I typically use red plates, blue napkins and white tablecloths, or any other combination I find on sale or have on hand,” Kate says. After the 5th, take advantage of clearance sales on holiday items.
- Instead of getting deli platters and the like, make as much as you can from scratch. Kate sticks to a simple but traditional barbecue of hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad, deviled eggs and fruit salad – inexpensive and easy.
- Bakery cakes can easily cost $20 or more. Try making your own “flag cake” using white cake mix, whipped topping, strawberries and blueberries.
“Whatever the Fourth of July means to you (beyond the obvious celebration of our great nation’s birthday), I hope that is a day to come together with family and friends while celebrating your own (affordable) traditions!” Kate concludes.
Happy (early) Fourth!
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]
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