How To Have Family Fun On A Budget

By in Money Matter$ on 07 April 2009

We are undoubtedly facing tough financial challenges. From the news on television and on the papers, to the many foreclosed homes we can see around us, the negative signs really abound. With so many companies closing down resulting to an increase in our country’s unemployment rate, more and more families are experiencing financial difficulties.

While world leaders are doing their best to address the problem, we also have to do our part to keep our families financially secured. With uncertainty looming ahead of us, we just have to take steps to secure our children’s future. We certainly have no control over the rise and fall of the stock market, but we can at least try to adapt to certain changes, so that our families will remain resilient, in the midst of the global financial crisis.

Even if our jobs may seem stable, the current situation still calls for us to try to be financially “conservative”. We need to learn how to collectively take action as a family, so that we can somehow prepare for worse things that may occur. By doing so, we need to carefully ponder whether our current lifestyle will make our families more secured.

But if you think that the financial crisis will totally hinder your family from having fun times together, you are totally wrong. You can definitely bond with your family, but you only need to make the right choices when deciding what activity is economical, and at the same time enjoyable.

If you hold regular family meetings, it is actually the best time to discuss the situation with your kids. Bear in mind that children will only understand the problem basing on their age level. And it is also not wise to cause insecurity or even undue stress on their end. You can at least have them understand that we are facing financial troubles, and that you will need their cooperation to help the family stay afloat. In doing this, you have to make sure that your child understands that he is not responsible for the financial difficulties, so that he will not burden himself with the problem.

If your family regularly dines out, perhaps it may be good to at least cut back on the expenses by opting to make family meals at home. Try to make it more enjoyable by allowing your kids to decide the menu that you need to prepare. Make it more fun by allowing them to participate in the preparation, and by all means allow them to add some creativity by having a theme in setting the table up. You don’t really have to purchase fancy props for doing this. Be creative by encouraging your kids to use the materials you have at home.

Try to trade weekend trips to the mall for other cheaper things that you can do as a family. Even if you really don’t need anything, there is still a chance that you might purchase something that your family can actually live without. Try to find other leisure activities in your area that you can do at a minimal cost.

Take advantage of areas where you can take your kids for free such as the park and your local library. Perhaps it may be the right time to explore different sport activities that your family might enjoy. Check with your library whether they have fun activities for kids. If you try to do some research, you may be surprised at what you can do in your area, even if you don’t have to spend a lot.

You may even try volunteering as a family. There are many organizations that will surely welcome the help you can offer. The activity will not only keep your family busy, but it will also give everyone a sense of purpose by doing something for other people. The more you try to get your family involved in doing things for others, the more you are preparing your kids to be active members of the society.

There are also plenty of activities that you can do at home. You can rent a movie, play board games, or you can rent books from your local library. At night, you can go stargazing just by simply going outdoors. With some research on galaxies, constellations and planets, you can surely keep your kids entertained.

During these times of uncertainty, we really have to work together as a family to make ends meet. Although we cannot control the circumstances surrounding the global financial problem, there are certain factors that we can still control. By saving and living within our means, we are doing what we can to keep our families financially secured.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Kim says:

    How about art projects?

    There are many free coloring pages, mazes and games available on the internet as well as recipes for homemade modeling clay from household materials.

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