Having fun can be expensive! Gone are the days when a small lego set or a packet of side-walk chalk cost only one week of a child's pocket money. Today, it can be frustrating trying to keep the children entertained on a wet weekend without breaking the bank.
Imagine knowing you could be in better financial shape at the end of 2018 than you were last year and still keep the kids happy.
You know what needs to change and have decided that being careful with your budgeting and saving plans is a great way to start.
To help you transition to a new financially savvy you, here are five fun activities that’ll cost you less than your morning bus fare:
1. Afternoon Bake Session: Be it keto cookies, Gluten-free cake, Dairy-free muffins or Vegan scrolls, an afternoon of creative deliciousness can happen with an oven and a couple of hours. For a combined purchase price of about $4, all the necessary ingredients are available at most supermarkets. With so many free recipes out there today, there’s no need to purchase a fancy cookbook, just use google to discover a world of beautiful recipes at your fingertips.
2. Take a Hike: Few things can beat the calm, soothing touch of mother nature. Take a packed lunch and hike through your nearest wood, beach, or farmland. For added fun bring a camera and snap the new landscapes you find – who knows, you may discover you have a knack for photography along the way.
3. Reorganize your space: Home/workplace/bedroom: Doesn’t sound that fun? I beg to differ, picture a nicely cleaned room with things creatively organised to suit functionality and aesthetic. Pinterest has some great ideas for creative spaces. And why not get the kids involved in designing their ideal bedroom, you’ll be surprised at their creativity, and it just might inspire your own.
4. Complete a dreams diary: dream big, get lost in your ideas, it doesn’t matter how far-fetched the idea. Then reward your hard thinking by taking one small step in the direction of that dream. After all, how do you climb a mountain? Easy, just one step at a time.
5. Construct a shed or playhouse: timber can be found at most dumpsites/transfer stations and makes the perfect cheap material to construct your new garden shed. A quick lick of paint and you’ll have yourself quite the backyard beauty. Get the kids to help too.
There you have it, five cheap things to keep you busy and under-budget this saving season.