When &#121&#111&#117 and your &#102&#97&#109&#105&#108&#121 &#97&#114&#101 on &#97 tight &#98&#117&#100&#103&#101&#116, sometimes &#111&#110&#101 of the first things &#116&#111 be &#99&#117&#116 out is money for entertainment.

When our 3 &#99&#104&#105&#108&#100&#114&#101&#110 were small, &#109&#121 &#104&#117&#115&#98&#97&#110&#100 and I always &#116&#114&#105&#101&#100 to find &#102&#117&#110 things to do as a &#102&#97&#109&#105&#108&#121 &#116&#104&#97&#116 &#100&#105&#100&#110’&#116 &#109&#97&#107&#101 a &#104&#117&#103&#101 &#100&#101&#110&#116 &#105&#110 &#111&#117&#114 budget.

&#13&#10&#79&#110&#101 thing &#119&#101 recommend is setting aside one &#110&#105&#103&#104&#116 a week for Family Fun &#78&#105&#103&#104&#116. Turn &#111&#102&#102 the TV and the phone and do something together. It doesn’t have to be an &#101&#120&#112&#101&#110&#115&#105&#118&#101 outing, &#98&#117&#116 do plan ahead and let &#116&#104&#101 children have some input into your &#112&#108&#97&#110.

Here are some ideas &#102&#111&#114 ‘family fun &#111&#110 &#97 budget’.

1. Take a walk through your neighborhood. &#83&#97&#121 hello &#116&#111 everyone you &#109&#101&#101&#116, &#119&#104&#101&#116&#104&#101&#114 you know them or not. &#80&#111&#105&#110&#116 out to &#121&#111&#117&#114 children &#115&#111&#109&#101 &#111&#102 &#116&#104&#101 &#98&#101&#97&#117&#116&#105&#102&#117&#108 things &#105&#110 nature, maybe the &#98&#101&#97&#117&#116&#105&#102&#117&#108 sunset, someone’s pretty flowers, the &#99&#108&#111&#117&#100&#115 in the &#115&#107&#121.

Teaching them to enjoy and appreciate &#115&#105&#109&#112&#108&#101 things &#105&#115 one of the greatest &#103&#105&#102&#116&#115 you can give to your children. When you arrive back &#104&#111&#109&#101, &#116&#114&#101&#97&#116 yourselves to homemade &#105&#99&#101 cream sundaes!

2. A great source of cheap entertainment is your public library. &#65&#116 our &#108&#105&#98&#114&#97&#114&#121, &#119&#101 &#99&#97&#110 check out &#102&#97&#109&#105&#108&#121 videos &#97&#110&#100 &#106&#105&#103&#115&#97&#119 &#112&#117&#122&#122&#108&#101&#115 &#97&#115 well as books. &#67&#104&#101&#99&#107 out a video the whole family can &#101&#110&#106&#111&#121 &#97&#110&#100 pop &#115&#111&#109&#101 popcorn &#40&#109&#97&#121&#98&#101 the old-fashioned way– some &#99&#104&#105&#108&#100&#114&#101&#110 &#100&#111&#110’&#116 even know there’s &#97&#110&#121 other kind but microwave popcorn!)

&#13&#10&#51. Have &#97 &#102&#97&#109&#105&#108&#121 picnic in the park. &#76&#101&#116 &#116&#104&#101 kids &#104&#101&#108&#112 prepare &#116&#104&#101 food–make &#115&#97&#110&#100&#119&#105&#99&#104&#101&#115, pack an &#105&#99&#101 chest, &#109&#97&#107&#101 &#99&#111&#111&#107&#105&#101&#115 &#102&#111&#114 dessert. The &#116&#111&#119&#110 &#119&#101 &#108&#105&#118&#101&#100 in &#119&#104&#101&#110 &#111&#117&#114 children were small, had &#97 nice park with &#108&#111&#116&#115 of playground equipment. It &#119&#97&#115 a real treat &#102&#111&#114 them.

&#13&#10&#52. &#68&#117&#114&#105&#110&#103 &#116&#104&#101 &#115&#99&#104&#111&#111&#108 year, we took &#97&#100&#118&#97&#110&#116&#97&#103&#101 &#111&#102 &#101&#110&#116&#101&#114&#116&#97&#105&#110&#109&#101&#110&#116 the &#115&#99&#104&#111&#111&#108 had to offer. For &#101&#120&#97&#109&#112&#108&#101, a &#99&#111&#117&#112&#108&#101 &#111&#102 times &#97 &#121&#101&#97&#114, the high &#115&#99&#104&#111&#111&#108 &#98&#97&#110&#100 has a free band &#99&#111&#110&#99&#101&#114&#116. The Christmas concert was always our favorite. Some schools have drama clubs that offer &#112&#108&#97&#121&#115 from time to &#116&#105&#109&#101. If you &#108&#105&#118&#101 in &#97 college town, you &#119&#105&#108&#108 have access &#116&#111 even more opportunity &#102&#111&#114 &#102&#114&#101&#101 &#111&#114 low-cost concerts and plays.

5. In the &#115&#117&#109&#109&#101&#114, set aside &#111&#110&#101 night to make home- made &#105&#99&#101 cream. &#73&#110&#118&#105&#116&#101 grandparents to &#99&#111&#109&#101 over &#97&#110&#100 talk about the old days. Maybe you &#119&#111&#117&#108&#100 even like to &#103&#111 so far as to make the ice cream with &#97 hand cranked freezer. If your parents don’t &#108&#105&#118&#101 close, think about &#105&#110&#118&#105&#116&#105&#110&#103 an &#111&#108&#100&#101&#114 couple &#111&#114 person &#102&#114&#111&#109 &#121&#111&#117&#114 &#110&#101&#105&#103&#104&#98&#111&#114&#104&#111&#111&#100. They will enjoy it &#97&#110&#100 so will &#121&#111&#117&#114 &#99&#104&#105&#108&#100&#114&#101&#110!

&#13&#10&#54. During the winter &#109&#111&#110&#116&#104&#115, when &#105&#116’&#115 impossible &#116&#111 get &#111&#117&#116&#100&#111&#111&#114&#115, make &#115&#111&#109&#101 hot chocolate &#97&#110&#100 read aloud a classic book, in installments. Research shows that children who are read to from an early &#97&#103&#101, are &#98&#101&#116&#116&#101&#114 readers themselves.

I’m sure you &#103&#101&#116 the idea by &#110&#111&#119. What &#121&#111&#117 do on family &#110&#105&#103&#104&#116 may not be as important as just &#100&#111&#105&#110&#103 it! &#75&#101&#101&#112 it simple and fun!

–Good &#99&#104&#97&#114&#97&#99&#116&#101&#114, &#108&#105&#107&#101 &#103&#111&#111&#100 soup, is usually homemade!

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