each this year. It just kills me, because in Florida it was $65.00. It wouldn't be so bad if one of mine was as interested in baseball as he is in socializing on the bench. So, time to prepare to be at the ball field every night. Living out of the Yukon. I thought I would share some ways we try to survive the season:
- I buy the bucket of sunflower seeds at Sams. It was a lot cheaper than paying $1 a bag at the park. The Sams bucket is what the park buys so you have individual packets of seeds they can keep in their bag.
- Buy peanut butter crackers, granola bars, and other protein snacks. Keep them in the car so they are ready when we are rushing between games. Some days we are at the park over 6 hours.
- Fill water bottles a fourth of the way with water and freeze. Fill the rest of the way with water on game/practice day. The ice keeps it colder in our hot summers.
- Make the kids keep up with their gloves, balls, bats and other equipment. Train them to put it back after each use and keep it in the back of the car.
- Freeze some meals.
- Tis the season for hamburger helper, hotdogs, hamburgers, and quick meals. I am just trying to get something done quick. We usually have a 5:00 practice so we are just getting a sandwich or something a lot of days. I want to use our crock pot more this year.
- Use the 30 minutes before games and practice times to walk. We don't have a great place to walk but make the best of it and do it rather than sitting.
- Keep change for batting cages. Our coaches required the boys get to the cages before each game and it cost $2 each time.
- Keep underarmor in their bag- it is amazing how many times it was fine at the house and windy and cold at the fields. Always take a jacket, just in case.
- Keep chairs, blankets, and an umbrella in the car.
Yes, it is time consuming to be at the park every night, but I love it. I love to meet all the other families and to watch the boys as they enjoy playing. And, it is really nice when we win!