Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Saving Smart! Series: Day Seven

We're into day seven already & I've heard from so many of you that you are enjoying this series! Thanks to those of you who have commented and/or sent me emails. I'm glad to see you like it! :) What other topics would YOU like to see addressed? Please leave me a comment & let me know what you would like to know more about. If you will also help spread the word about my series, I would be grateful! Thanks to those of you who have also put links on your blogs.
Today I've got ideas for low-cost family entertainment!

Try your local parks & rec department. Not only do they offer low-cost kids' activities, they also generally offer free family activities as well (music in the park, picnics, etc.)

Help your kids have a lemonade stand! It's a great, all-day activity that will teach them the value of a dollar! (And yes, have them pay for the supplies from their earnings as well....great economics lesson!)

Use your local library. We live in an area where we are fortunate enough to have fabulous libraries and library programs! Hopefully you have a nice library as well. Many children's and young adult's departments at libraries offer lots of free programs. If not, you can always check out free movies from your library.

Just spend time at home together. Too often we think our kids need to go somewhere or that we need to spend money to have a good time. What our kids really need is for us to simply spend time together. Institute a "Family Fun Night" (thanks, mom & dad!) wheree family members take turns planning the nights' events (games, walks, dinner menu, craft project, etc.) Even the little ones can have a turn planning!

Check out Lowe's and Home Depot's free kids' workshops.
Home Depot offers a FREE kids workshop on the first Saturday of the month at ALL of their locations! Click here for more details. The kids all get to build something on their own at each workshop. It is geared toward 5-12 year olds.

Lowe's offers a similar free workshop for kids of all ages on Saturdays. You can view the projects online and even sign up online also. Click here for more details.

The following activities are for my local friends as I am more aware of local activities. Hopefully you can find similar things in your area, too. :)

In the summer, ride the trolley downtown for FREE. In the winter, ride the carousel at the mall for just a few dollars (pricey, but good for an occasional treat).

First Sundays at the Art Museum.On the first Sunday of each month, enjoy free admission from 12pm-5pm to the art museum as well as craft projects, hands-on activities and more!

Jefferson Pointe Toddler Tuesday.Tuesday mornings at 11am in the food court. Free, fun activities you can do with your toddler.

Storytime at Anchor Room bookstore. Thursdays at 10am. FREE!

~~~~~This is Part Seven of my Saving Smart! series. Be sure to stop in each day from October 1st through October 10th for more money saving tips and advice. For specific money saving questions, please email me.
"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.” Luke 14: 28

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