Family Fun on a Budget

A tight budget doesn’t mean you have to give up fun or entertainment for the family. It can be a way of pulling together and reconnecting, and coming up with creative ideas when it comes to family fun. The good part is that fun and fond memories don’t have to cost a lot of money. The best things in life, as they say, are free. Let’s look at some low-cost ways to keep your family entertained on a budget.

  1. Gardening.   Not only is growing a vegetable and fruit garden inexpensive, it also provides the family with food, not to mention the quality time you’ll spend together planting it and taking care of it. It’s something the whole family can enjoy. Even more fun if each person gets to pick something of his or her own to plant.
  2. A local ballgame instead of the big leagues.   Going on a family outing to a pro game of any kind can be hard on a budget. Save yourself some money, and have more fun going to a local game and supporting the community and the players. Your kids love doing things with you, and the cost of whatever it is doesn’t matter to them. What matters is the time you spend together.
  3. Community events.   Check the paper and the websites. Instead of going to an expensive amusement park like King’s Island or Disney World, why not go to a museum, circus, play, or parade close to home? Even something as simple as going to the library or a petting zoo can be entertaining.
  4. Camp in the backyard.   Ask any kid if they would like to camp out in their own backyard, and the answer is most likely yes, especially if you do it with them. You can have a weenie roast, marshmallow roast, sing songs, tell stories, play charades, make S’mores. Kids crave attention, and this is yet another way to save money and bond at the same time.
  5. Throw a party. You don’t need a birthday or a holiday to have a party. Do karaoke, play YouTube videos, play some video games, play some board games, let the kids invite their friends over, have a pool party. The only expense you’ll have in most cases is the food, and that’s still cheaper than paying for ridiculously high prices at the cinema.
  6. Which leads to the last suggestion. Instead of paying way too much going to the cinema, why not rent a couple of movies for your own home, pop some popcorn, order a pizza, and enjoy the time with your family. There should be a Redbox near you, or you can rent a movie online, from YouTube or Amazon.

Entertainment doesn’t have to be expensive. If you go back to basics, you’ll find that families don’t have to spend money to have fun.

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