Staying home can be fun

Wednesday, 27/08/2014

Staying home can be fun

We all know going out on trips and doing exciting things is great fun. The price of doing this though can be high. Theme parks, cinemas, swimming etc. all can cost quite a lot of money, especially if you have a large family.

So what can you do if money is tight? In this article we are going to look at some great things to do at home that won’t break the bank but will keep you and your kids entertained. Fun activities don’t need to be expensive.

If the weather is hot get out in the garden. Stick some jumpers down to make some goal posts and have a game of football, or draw some stumps on a wall or bin and have a game of cricket. Get some neighbours round with their kids and make some teams up. It’s a great way to get to know your neighbours and strengthen your community spirit. If you don’t have a garden don’t let it stop you, there are parks that you can do all this in that work just as well.

If the weather is nice you can also go out for a picnic or have a BBQ. You don’t need to spend a fortune just use up what you have in the fridge, eating outside makes a meal feel more like an event rather than just a regular part of the daily schedule.
If you are lucky enough to live near the seaside then this is a great way to spend some time without spending lots of money, kids love the beach and it is a great place for adults to relax and unwind. If you live out in the countryside go for a walk or do some orienteering, this is a great skill for your kids to learn and makes the walk seem more interesting and holds their attention for longer.

If the weather is not so good, there is more to do inside the home than just watching TV or sitting in front of a computer screen all day. Have a clear out, it’s amazing how great it feels to get rid of some old stuff that you never use. If its rubbish, bin it. If it’s just not used but perfectly good sell it. Ebay or gumtree or any other selling websites can be a great way to de-clutter while also making some extra cash.

This may not be so much fun if you have kids though so to keep them entertained within the house do something creative like building a den or act out a play like Peter Pan. It is a great way to pass the time without spending lots of money. You can make props out of items around the house and it also helps the kids learn to be resourceful and creative.

If you do want to watch TV make an event out of it, like pretending you are at the cinema, let your kids make some popcorn, as this can be fun whilst also being much cheaper than buying it from the shop or your local cinema.

These are just a few ideas to think about, there are many other sports games and activities you can do at home which don’t cost a fortune and can be as much fun as going out. It also means when you are in a position to go out and spend money on an activity it will feel like more of a treat and special.

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