With the average per-person cost of a fast food lunch up to $7, movie tix quickly pushing past the $10 & up mark and sporting events like professional baseball starting at $30 each, fam-friendly entertainment is becoming distinctly budget-unfriendly. So savvy parents are coming up with creative & unpricey ways to have fun, such as these:
Cards and Board Games. Old-school, maybe, but never out of style! You can start with simple games like “Go Fish” or checkers and if your kids take an interest in them, progress to more complicated ones. They're also great tools for teaching skills like planning ahead, following rules & even doing math. Garage sales are often a treasure trove of board games & decks of cards for cheap.
A Day in The Park. Weather- & temperature-permitting, spending time outdoors is fun & the price is certainly right: free. You can play on the swings, bounce a basketball, play catch or just laze the afternoon away on a blanket, watching the clouds drift by. Games like “Capture the Flag” and “Horse” are perenially popular - and all that fresh air from a nice long day outside makes for some great napping later
Reading Nights. One night a week, why not make it a house rule that no one - mom & dad included - can turn on the TV or use the computer. Instead, use the time to read the newspaper together, teaching them about what's going on in the world. Alternatively, choose a long book and read a few chapters aloud every night so that everyone has something to look forward to. (image: Journey Home by Tamara Adams)
- Anne Perkins is a freelance writer focused on how to live large on a little living. She writes financial savings tips for YourCashLoans.co.uk, a UK cash advance service, and enjoys taking any idea and making it easier or cheaper to complete.
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