5 Family Activities that won’t break the Bank

Need some ideas for free family fun, keep reading on! I am a mother and I know as much as we love outings at the zoo, aquarium, or theme parks those kind of outings are just not always in the budget. The past couple of years I have worked really hard to keep my family on a budget (thanks Dave Ramsey) because I want to reap all the amazing benefits of what that means. So sometimes we need to tone it down and have some low-budget family time. I have outlined 5 of our favorite activities that require little to no funds at all. Read on and I hope you get inspired to have family fun without breaking the bank!

1. Take your family to a local park. Most cities have several great park areas and you should take full advantage of that! From playgrounds to walking trails to large open areas for playing sports this can easily mean several hours of quality family fun time. Many cities have free or very low-cost splash parks as well which are a great alternative to expensive water parks in the summer. If you have young children they will splash around for hours and to them there is no difference!

2. Movie night at home! I love a good movie as much as the next person but it is not always necessary to go watch the latest releases at the cinema. With the high cost of a movie ticket and overpriced concessions you are easily looking at a very expensive evening. Try renting a movie, this will only set you back a few bucks. You can even rent one at the Library for free! Go ahead and pick up some popcorn and a few snacks at the grocery store and you will be ready to have a very entertaining evening with your family without breaking the bank!

Movie theater tickets for a family of 4 10×4= $40 RedBox Movie $2 Library Movie $0

3. The good ole classic family game night. Bring out the Charades, Uno, or Checkers. Find the game your family fancies and you are in-store for hours of fun that the whole family will enjoy. If you have toddlers there are many games made specifically for that age range that you can enjoy together time and time again. Many stores have the toy section of their websites set up with categories that make it very simple for you to search for games by age range so there is something for everyone!

4. Library outing. Take your family to your local library and instill a love of books and reading in your family. This is also a great opportunity to teach your children the responsibility of checking out books and returning them by their due date. The earlier children are introduced to books the better chance they have of becoming avid readers and this will enrich every area of their lives!

5. Become familiar with museums and botanical gardens in your area. Many of these facilities have buy one get one free coupon days. Browse through local magazines, newspapers, and websites and never miss a beat of what is going on around town!

and a little extra tip, Art Time! My children love coloring and drawing. They can literally engage in this activity for hours! Art does not need to be expensive either. Print free coloring pages or have them use their imagination with blank sheets of paper and a box of crayons.



If you are trying to get your family’s finances in order I highly recommend reading “The Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey. This book has rocked my world and I can’t say enough good things about it. I recommend this book completely of my own regard. After seeing so many people speak of Dave Ramsey I decided I had to see what all the hype was! I purchased this book and haven’t looked back yet! The advice is spot on and reading the testimonials from family’s just like yours and mine is overwhelmingly inspiring!

Whether you are just starting getting your family on a budget or you are a long time financial guru these budget friendly family activities are sure to be a hit in your home!

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