Friday, February 11, 2011

Frugal Tips-Family Activities

Family activities are another area which can be expensive. We all need to have a little fun and family time in our lives, and it doesn't have to be expensive. Since my injury and being temporarily disabled, we have learned a lot of ways to have inexpensive family-time and fun.
Hiking with friends. 
  • Talk together as a family.
  • Play board games or cards.
  • Have a guest over for dinner and games.
  • Write a blog.
  • Read someone's blog and leave an encouraging comment.
  • Watch animals; yours, neighbors, wild ones.
  • Read a book.
  • Watch free TV shows on-line.
  • Visit a neighbor.
  • Study the Bible.
  • Go to church.
  • Join a women's group. Our women's group has a breakfast meeting monthly, cost is $3.
  • Write a letter.
  • Keep a journal.
  • Help your children with their homework. You never know what you will learn or how close you will become to your kids.
  • Visit the elderly. I visit a 91 year old lady a couple times a week. She has an outrageous sense of humor.
  • Make a phone call to a friend.
  • Borrow movies from the library.
  • Bake cookies from scratch.
  • Play in the snow.
  • If you eat out order the $1 menu or kids meal. 
  • Don't purchase magazines. You can borrow those from your library also.
  • Our community college periodically has free concerts from local musicians. 
  • Find out about free days at the local museums and zoo.
  • Volunteer for local events which allow you free entrance to their shows.
  • Have a picnic.
  • Go on a hike.
  • Use a digital camera and see what interesting photos you can take.
  • Have a contest with your family to see who can make the best desert.
  • Family trip to the local feed store to enjoy the new spring chicks and ducks. 

With these tips you can have some valuable family time while having fun. 

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