Fun on a Budget

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 for lots of low cost and free activities that will allow you to keep some fun in your budget without breaking the bank.

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