Skip to main content

Plan an Inexpensive Family Time Weekend

Take a deep breath this weekend, put away the credit cards and plan a little family alone time. Saving some money and bonding with your kids on the weekend could be just the thing to make facing Monday morning a bit easier. Avoid cell phones and lap tops. Have plenty of water, lemons and fruits around for a healthy eating/drinking weekend. Try avoiding sugars--soda and junk food for the weekend. Also avoid malls, theaters, bookstores, take-out, restaurants, shopping, movie rental stores, etc..

Here are some money saving and/or free ideas for your family this weekend:

Make a breakfast of Oatmeal and fruit for everyone (yes...everyone at the table enjoying breakfast together. No newspapers, please.)

Take a long walk or hike or bike ride. Bring some water bottles and paper bags to collect rocks, leaves, or interesting finds along the way.

Make inexpensive sandwiches for lunch that you all share on a blanket in the backyard, living room, family room floor, etc.... Enjoy some water with ice and lemon for a refreshing yet cheap drink with lunch.

Set up some board games and make a tournament out of the game play. Or play some charades, truth or dare, hide n seek....whatever...just play together as a family.

Make a home made pizza for dinner (or a couple--let everyone design their own small pizzas). Cheaper than ordering in, and cheaper than take-out.

Visit the library. Rent some books and videos for free.

Spend an afternoon at the beach. Bring hard boiled eggs, cut up veggies, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and water.

Wash the car, the dogs, and have a water fight at the same time.

Go to the local park and hang out for a while. Read those library books laying on a big comfy blanket.

Make a big pot of spaghetti and watch videos.

Tell ghost stories while huddled under blankets and using flashlights only for lighting (not recommended for younger kiddos though!)

Have an outdoor game of tag, potato sack races, volley ball, soccer, badminton (not too expensive to buy a set--can be used over and over for free family fun), or relay races. Getting more exercise in...always a good thing!!

Make popcorn and sit and chat. is good ....and free....and good....and important for family members to do. Make a stack of cards during the week with a question on each one like "what is your favorite color?" or " what animal would you most want to be?" Things that can get conversations going and have fun with. Then on the weekend, bring the question cards out with the bowl of popcorn, and have fun!

Take one last walk together Sunday evening as a family. Enjoy the time you spent together, and laugh. Hold hands, take pictures. Feel healthier in mind, body and soul after your relaxing and inexpensive family weekend time.


Popular posts from this blog

How To Make Some Extra Money From Home

Need to make some extra money so you can save some money? Or if you need some extra income to help with living expenses, try some freelance writing on the weekends.

Here are some sites to check out that will pay for articles submitted. Read each site's terms and conditions to make sure you are comfortable with how and when they pay, rights to articles you write, etc.

4. Examiner,com
5. Internet Brands
6. Demand

How to Save $10,000 This Year

I first posted this last Jan. (2011)- thought it was worthwhile posting again this year! Also, I mistakenly entered $24.40 in the original post as the amount to save each day-the correct amount is $27.40. 

Yes, you can save (or make--depending on how you look at it!) $10,000 by the end of this year, and it is really pretty easy.

Save $27.40 each day, and after 365 days, you will have saved $10,001 dollars.

Of course, since we are now about 14 days in to Jan., you will need to adjust that savings a bit- but still, you get the gist, right?

And if you save $10 a day, you can still have $3,650.

How about $5 a day? That will give you a nice savings of $1,825.

How to save money each day? Here are a few ideas:

Skip Starbucks--make your own coffee
Skip the take-out lunch--make peanut butter and jelly snadwiches
Make spaghetti 2 times a week--skip the meat
Buy a water filter and drink tap water--skip the bottled waters
Put back one item from your grocery cart each time you shop--and save the co…

Things To Do With Empty Cans of Soup

All of these ideas start with a clean empty soup can with no jagged edges. For some you may want to peel off the labels, others you might just leave the labels on!

1.. Having a picnic? Use empty Campbells soup cans as utensil holders for plastic forks and spoons on the picnic tables. (leave labels on ..adds a colorful unique touch!)

2.. Make a Halloween Decoration. Cover a soup can in black construction paper or fabric. Add some cut out eyes. For wings, color a paper plate black, Cut the plate in half. For each half, cut scalloped edges along one side, then glue "wings" to the side of the "bat can."

And a few more easy ways to recycle empty soup cans:

3. Use a nail and hammer to poke hole sin the bottom of sop cans and use as herb planters. Place a plastic lid under can to prevent rust stains.
4. Make Candlesticks (great tutorial from "Me Making Do")
5. Make a Flower-Shaped Cookie Cutter.
6. Make a Hanukkah Gift out of a soup can.
7. Make a Christmas Lum…