Thursday, December 1, 2016

10 Ways to Entertain Your Family on a Budget

With the current economic crunch, families are looking for ways to cut their budget. Often times, family entertainment is the first thing to go. Don’t deny your family the fun they deserve. Just revise your methods for providing activities to help cut the budget. Here are 10 inexpensive ways to provide family recreation:

Forgo the movie theaters. Movie theaters are costly because they charge by the person. Even if you take in a matinee, your bill totals up quickly. Adding popcorn and soda to the deal could quickly break your bank. Save some money by visiting your nearest Redbox (located at McDonald’s). You can rent several movies for a buck each, leaving enough to take home some snacks.


Pass on eating out. Even if you opt for the dollar menu, your food bill hits high notes by the time everyone gets soft drinks. Purchase some wieners and hot dog buns and have a wiener roast, instead. You’ll likely be able to spring for marshmallows with the money you save.


Take in some culture. Many art and culture museums hold family night, charging a group rate for the entire family, or they might even hold a free night for the family. Call ahead to find out what night this occurs. Then pack everyone up and go take in some culture.


Visit the animals. You never get too old to enjoy the zoo. Visit the animals to see what’s new. Be sure to wear sunscreen to help prevent sunburn while you’re soaking up the sun.


Tell ghost stories. Storytelling is an activity that is sure to thrill. Turn off the lights in the house, light some candles, and share ghostly stories way into the night.


Play Penny Ante poker with beans. Break out a big bag of dried beans and use these to bet on your best hand. The winner has to donate the beans back to the household for a good meal.


Break out the family photo album. Everyone grab a glass of tea or a cup of hot chocolate and gather in the family room to look at old pictures and reminisce.


Visit the elderly. Spend some time together making another person happy. Visit an elderly neighbor or relative. If you run short on these, you can always visit a nursing home.


Hold family Bingo night. Bingo is a sure-fire pleaser, especially when the winner gets a prize. Give away candy bars (or some other snacks) that you buy from the dollar store. Not only will the winner appreciate the prize, it will also save money on afternoon snacks.


Play Truth or Dare Spin the Bottle. This game will help reduce the generation gap between parents and children. Spend extra minutes during the week trying to think up fun questions (or dares) for the one that the bottle will land on. Just hope the bottle doesn’t land pointing toward you.


The above suggestions serve as only a portion of the many activities a family can do together without spending an enormous amount of money. The key to family entertainment is just being together, not how much money you spend. So try new things together, while doing your best to avoid the issue of spending. You’ll soon find your family engaged in new activities.


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