We all live on tight budgets, but we still need to have some fun. A budget with no fun will be unlivable over time. Think of your budget as a diet. If your diet only consists of carrots and celery, eventually you will break down and gorge yourself on a big juicy cheeseburger (or five) and your family will find you passed out on the floor in a cheeseburger coma. So, don’t be afraid to set a little aside in your budget each month to have some fun in moderation in order to keep your sanity.
Now taking the whole family out can be expensive. Dinner and a movie for a family can take up the whole month’s entertainment budget. But, with a little research and ingenuity, you can have a whole day’s worth of activities for the entire family for less than the cost of dinner at a restaurant and a movie at the theater. I did some research by looking through the community calendar in the local newspaper and came up with an itinerary to compare costs.
Dinner and a movie for a family of four:
Dinner at a restaurant- $50
Movie tickets – $32
Soda, popcorn, and candy – $25
Total – $107
Full day of activities on a budget:
Charity Brunch – $20
Red River Zoo admission- $23
Amateur Sporting event – Free
Community fish fry dinner – $25
High school Musical – $24
Total – $92
As you can see, you can have a full day of fun activities and two meals with the family for less than the cost of dinner and a movie. I encourage you to check out the community calendar in The Village Family Magazine free at your local grocery store or online at http://villagefamilymag.org/ for lots of low cost and free activities that will allow you to keep some fun in your budget without breaking the bank.