Five ways to have fun with your family in a financially savvy way.

We would like to take a moment to list a few of the ways we have entertained ourselves and others in ways that do not break the bank. Some will be dependent upon the weather, while the rest will be available year round and in all climates.

1. Go to your public library. This is a great local resource that is free and is often overlooked when thinking of entertainment. There will be an entire post on libraries later, but for now just check one out if you have not in a while.

2. Go to a local park. This obviously is a weather permitting event, but it is a good option for kids and adults alike. Young and old alike, this is a great place for fun as well as exercise. We like to go for the walks in nature, which for me is a great stress reliever after a week spent in overdrive!!

3. Enjoy a movie theater at home. You don’t have to go out of your house to have a great movie experience. We enjoy turning out the lights, popping popcorn, melting butter, maybe having nachos and cheese, and enjoying an old classic from our collection. Try to keep it as real as possible: go to the bathroom before the movie starts, turn all phones to silent, etc.

4. Go to a museum.  Most areas will have a local museum of some sort.  They can usually be found by contacting your tourism office.  Some of the ones we have visited have charged a nominal fee, while others were completely free.  These museums can be a great place to learn about the history of your town or county as well as be able to view some interesting exhibits and artifacts.

5.  Go camping.  This is another idea that does not have to be planned around the weather.  Most camp grounds are very nice, and have great facilities.  It is always a good idea to check  the comments on a place, or even do an inspection in person if the campground is close enough.  The fee is usually nominal, and the experience is well worth it.  I would also like to add that if you have children, and the weather is nasty, camping indoors has served us well.  It usually amounts to no more than a few sleeping bags in the floor around a fire made out of construction paper.  Kids are very creative when you tell them this is there indoor camping trip, and to make what they will of it.

Do you practice any of these, or have your own ways of
having frugal fun?  Please let us know!!

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