9 Haiku for Frugal Entertainment

If we define frugal as efficient and un-wasteful, then the haiku seems like a perfect vehicle for describing some of our favorite forms of frugal entertainment.


For the record, I am not a poet. I’m using the KidZone website definition of haiku to create my little poems:

Haiku poems consist of 3 lines.  The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables.  The lines rarely rhyme.


Haiku Inspiration

I first learned to write haiku in elementary school, and hadn’t thought about them much until a year ago. Mr. Grumby and I saw Hunt For the Wilderpeople and we loved the scene when 13-year-old Ricky Baker recited a haiku about maggots:

These heaps of maggots

Maggots wiggling in dead sheep

Like moving rice. Yuck!

If you enjoy quirky movies and haven’t seen this one yet, I highly recommend it.


Here are 9 haiku for your frugal reading entertainment:

Don’t worry … none are about maggots.


Free entertainment:

Playing with neighborhood cats

En route to the park



A hike with our friends

Sharing stories and laughing

Looking for cool rocks



Family game nights

Goofiness and smiles abound

Happy memories!



Kitchen gatherings

Swapping dreams and ideas

Over home-cooked food



Three little snowballs

With arms, nose, eyes, and a smile

My new winter pal!



Take time to slow down

Notice colors, smells, flavors

Everything seems new!



Bicycle riding

Reminds me of my childhood

I feel like I’m eight!




Brain awakens while writing

and making fun cards



Power of Silly!

Make someone giggle today

With a funny face.



Haiku and Free Entertainment

What are your favorite forms of free entertainment?

What are some of your low-cost creative outlets?

If you’d care to share a haiku or 2, about free entertainment or whatever, please do!





  9 Replies to “9 Haiku for Frugal Entertainment”

  1. October 27, 2017 at 5:43 am

    “Don’t worry … none are about maggots.”

    Awesome, Mrs. G. All of your haiku are great, but I especially like the “Power of Silly!” one. Thank you for a very entertaining post. Here are my answers to your questions.

    Favorite forms of free entertainment
    Walking in the park with Mrs. Groovy.
    Cards with family and friends.
    Reading great blog posts from bloggers like you.

    Favorite low-cost creative outlets
    Picking up litter (i.e., Talking Trash)
    Creating lame mobile apps.

    And here’s my pathetic attempt at haiku.

    Freedom is groovy
    Fret not over coin and time
    Join our FI tribe

    Have a great weekend, Mrs. G.

    • Mrs. Grumby
      October 27, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Talking Trash? Groovy!
      There are no maggots involved
      Just wit and wisdom!

      How’s that for another haiku not about maggots? ;o)

      Thanks for your comment, Mr. G! I hope Mr. Grumby and I can join you and Mrs. Groovy for a walk in the park, litter clean-up, and/or a game of cards during our Big Bike Tour.

      Love your haiku and can’t believe I didn’t think to include reading personal finance blogs in my list of 9.

      Reading PF blogs
      Learn, think, laugh, smile, be inspired
      So many great minds!

  2. October 27, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Haikus are simple
    But sometimes they don’t make sense

    My favorite form of free entertainment is gardening, although that can become expensive if I let it. I also enjoy watching bugs, especially ants. Funny how I always come back to the most simple things that I did even as a kid. I think when we grow up we become less present and it’s harder to have fun doing simple things. Lately I’ve been trying to do active entertainment like creating and building, rather than passive activities like tv.

    • Mrs. Grumby
      October 27, 2017 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Elsie! Colonoscopy is a great 5-syllable word.

      The prep for which is a bitch

      I agree that ants are incredible to watch. If humans could work together so efficiently and cooperatively, the world would be a better place!

      Love your inspiring story. And great to see that you found it easy to get around Portland. We love how walkable the city is.

  3. Miya
    October 29, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Yayyy your haikus rock! My favorite form of free entertainment is playing the piano!

    • Mrs. Grumby
      October 29, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      So awesome that you play the piano. Hope it’s a creative outlet you’ll continue to develop. What a great gift to yourself and to anyone who hears you play.

      I took lessons for 1 or 2 years when I was in elementary school and then dropped it. Sometimes I still have dreams that I can play like a concert pianist …

  4. Lyn
    October 29, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I love how the giggle face picture looks like, makes me laugh. Snow is something foreign to me but I think could do something like splashing under waterfall instead.

    • Mrs. Grumby
      October 29, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      Thanks Lyn. It makes my day to hear that this post made someone laugh. :o)

      Splashing under a waterfall sounds delightful!

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