One of my goals this year is to set aside more “family days” for my family. Now that our schedule is back under control, we need to start doing more things together. I feel like my kids, my husband, and I have really gotten more out of touch with each other than I’m comfortable with. It’s not surprising why. For a couple of months, I think we were just doing what we needed to do to survive our crazy schedule.
But now that things have settled down, we need to focus on strengthening our family bonds again. And I really believe family “dates”, so to speak, do wonders for creating the kinds of memories that strengthen family relationships. Here are a few of our favorite frugal family activities.
Bowling. My family loves to go bowling. Except for my husband, we’re all pretty terrible at it. For a couple of bucks each, we can play one game, and the memories of laughing after I hurl a too-heavy bowling ball down the bowling lane last a long, long time.
Movie night. Another favorite activity is to rent a movie, pop some popcorn, and veg in front of the TV together. It’s possible to rent a movie for $1.99 at our local grocery store. I can’t get a new release for that price, but I can pick up an old favorite that I know our family will enjoy. My kids like anything that involves animals and lots of laughs. The Shaggy Dog, Air Bud, and Homeward Bound are all well loved at our house.
Walking to the park. This one is for semi-warm sunny days only. When we don’t want to spend any money, we let the kids grab their scooters, and they scoot down to the park while Jim and I struggle to keep up. It’s great exercise and lots of fun.
Those are some of my favorite frugal family activities. What are yours?
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