One of the easiest expenses for most families to reduce is the entertainment budget. It is possible for the average family to keep themselves entertained and save hundreds of dollars on entertainment every year.
Anyone who has children has likely heard “I’m bored!” a few too many times. When you’re on a budget, it can be tough to think of ways to entertain the family that don’t cost a lot of money. Fortunately, there are many options available to you if you know where to look.
- Head to the library, and not just to check out books. Look at the library’s community events calendar. Most have everything from story times for toddlers to game nights for teens. Many also have enrichment classes offered free of charge.
- Visit the local community center. Most counties have at least one. There, you can pick up a parks and recreation schedule, with information on free events taking place throughout the year, such as hikes, holiday parties, arts festivals, outdoor movies and concerts in the park.
- Tour the fire station. Most fire fighters will give you and your kids a free tour, as long as you call and schedule ahead of time. Kids can learn about fire safety and tour the facility. For safety reasons, fire stations do not generally accommodate toddlers under the age of four.