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Doing Things Together as a Family for Less

Doing Things Together as a Family for Less

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By Debra Pankow, Ph.D.,

Extension Family Economics Specialist and Assistant Professor, 

Department of Child Development and Family Sciences, NDSU

Spending time with your family doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money. Here are some tips to help you enjoy your family time without straining the family budget:

Help your children learn new skills and ideas:

  • Teach children how to garden.
  • Teach children craft skills you enjoy and spend time doing these together.
  • Teach children about issues that are important,  such as politics, news or the environment. Does the community provide opportunities to volunteer  as a family for a cause you all believe in?

Find cheaper entertainment at home:

  • Have a family game night.
  • Rent or borrow movies, pop some popcorn and have a family movie night at home.
  • Bake or cook together as a family.
  • Read stories to one another.
  • Go on evening walks together.

Take advantage of local public resources:

  • Spend time together at the park or local community festival.
  • Go for hikes or bike rides.
  • Go for a family picnic.
  • Go swimming at the local pool, lake, ocean or springs.
  • Take advantage of free programs offered by the library, museums and community bands or orchestras, or other free community events.
  • Check out books, music and videos for free from the library.
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