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Live Frugal and Have Fun - 5 Frugal Family Fun Activities

Updated on February 18, 2012
Frugal Family Fun Ideas
Frugal Family Fun Ideas | Source
A picnic basket is easy to pack!
A picnic basket is easy to pack! | Source
Hiking with the family is fun!
Hiking with the family is fun! | Source

No matter how much money you make, its always good to have a budget. Living frugally may not be a necessity but it does make excellent financial sense. That does not mean that you need to pinch pennies and have no fun. A lot of family activities that are fun can also be very frugal.

Contrary to popular belief in today's consumerist world, it is not necessary to spend money like water to have a good time. Most people are frightened of leaving the house for fear of spending money on unwanted trivial pursuits.

There is more to family entertainment than heading to the multiplex to watch a movie and eating out after that. Given right here are a set of 5 Frugal and Fun family activities. They take you out of the house and get you moving!

1. A Picnic

If the weather is good its best to pack some sandwiches and cold drinks in to a bag and head out. Drive to the park or some other tourist attraction and spread that picnic blanket. Carry a ball and some rings to toss for the kids. Have a book ready for yourself to read if the kids are older and can entertain themselves. The best part is that the family dog can come along. And it costs you nothing more than the picnic lunch you would pack and the fuel it takes you to drive over to the picnic spot.

2. A Game

Pick any game you like from basket ball, to hop scotch. It can be a team game so that the full family can participate. Or you could have an individual game and make it a contest to see who's the champion. You can do this in your own backyard if you have the necessary space, or head over to the local community sports center to play. Again this is a good way to work up a sweat and bond with the family in a very frugal manner.

3. A Hike

No matter where you stay you can always manage a hike. I always enjoy a leisurely hike in the mountains as long as the pace is not too hectic and there is enough food. It does not have to be in the mountains or even in the wilderness. if you live near the beach, take a walk down the beach.

You can make it more interesting by calling it a field trip to collect different kinds of rocks. This can be used as a weekly outing. The rock collection can be either displayed in a corner of the garden or collected in a shoe box. Your children could even make a school project out of it at a later date. Plus the different kinds of rocks you collect can be studied and the differences analyzed making it an educational experience.

4. A Ferry Ride

I will always remember the thrill I got getting on to a ferry for the first time. It was so much fun being on the water. And what was more loading the family car onto the same boat was even more of a novel experience. Smaller children would love such an outing. Pick a nice picnic spot on the other end as well to make it a full day experience. If live close to a lake or the sea considering boating or sailing another alternative.

5. An Exhibition or Fun Fair

There are a number of expos and exhibitions that keep hitting the town's convention centers. Most of these are very entertaining. A home show, a book expo, or even an electronics convention can provide hours of free entertainment for the full family. If you happen to have a fun fair in town try out the rides and the stalls as well. Of course this would cost a bit more money, but it will an activity that is not repeated very often, so its fine to indulge once in a while.


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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      I saw the rock idea being followed by a friend's family. They have the most amazing collection now.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      I like this hub a lot! It is a good and inexpensive way to get out of the house and get moving :) I like the rock idea :) Voted up!

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      cashmere 5 years ago from India

      Thank you Simone. See I got the image rules right this time :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Yay! I love these ideas- especially the ferry one! I commute to work by boat, which has spared me the cost of getting a car and made me LOVE my morning and evening journeys!