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6 Cheap But Fun Family Ideas

January 29, 2013 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Children, Healthy Living, Just for Fun No Comments →

With the economy suffering, and most people finding it harder than ever to make ends meet, keeping the kids entertained isn’t always easy. Whether your kids are young or well into their teens, they’ll often turn to you for ways to be entertained. If you’re running out of ideas, here are 6 cheap but fun ideas to keep you going.

Family Games: Games are some of the best sources of fun for the whole family. Board games are an excellent example. If you’ve got any board games lying around, get them out and give them a whirl. Games like these encourage interaction between family members and help with bonding, which we often find ourselves doing too little of these days.

Apart from board games, other alternatives include card games (cards are readily available and cheap to get hold of. If you don’t know any good card games, it’s also easy to find the rules for some on the internet) and activities like charades. Family games are great for children of all ages – even teenagers will often take part (with a bit of resistance to begin with!)

Build Camps: For younger kids, something fun to do is building indoor camps. Get some clothes pegs, some strings, and some bed sheets and you can help your kids build their own bedroom camp. Once built, kids will often play in these for hours. Many kids also love to sleep over in their own home-built camp.

Arts And Crafts: This is a classic, but it’s a great option because arts and crafts can be really cheap. Why not go on a walk with your kids and get them to collect interesting sticks, stones, shells, feathers etc. Once home, you can get them to string them together to form hanging ornaments, or use them to decorate home-made picture frames and so on.

Playing Ball: Another classic, ball games are great when the weather is good. Balls are cheap, and generally provide a lot of entertainment, as well as giving kids (including teenagers) a chance to blow off steam, use up energy and get some exercise all at once.

Invite Friends Round: Let your kids invite a few friends over for the day. It’s true that sometimes a group of kids can end up causing a riot, but generally things don’t get out of hand and your kids will always have a lot of fun with a few friends around. The more friends there are, the more easily they come up with their own (usually free) entertainment. It’s a winning solution. And, if you really want to make the most of the opportunity, why not let your kids plan a feast and have their friends each bring something along to eat?

Get Cooking: Some kids will be more resilient to this idea than others, but many kids enjoy cooking once they get started. So why not try and teach your kids a bit about cooking? Make it fun for them in the process and they’ll love it. Pizzas are a great option as kids can decorate them any way they wish with the ingredients you’re using.

Valentine’s Day On a Budget

January 18, 2013 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Just for Fun No Comments →

Nobody wants to scrimp on Valentine’s day and give their partner less than they deserve, but when you just don’t have the money you really don’t have a choice. Many of us are currently experiencing the effects of the poor economy, and even if we have jobs most of us are still keeping our costs down to the bare minimum. But that doesn’t mean Valentine’s day has to be a disappointment. Here are some great tips for ways to celebrate Valentine’s day on a budget.

Make Something: This isn’t just for the creative types, anyone can go for a home made gift – and it doesn’t have to be a load of rubbish! The time and effort that you put into a truly heartfelt homemade gift will definitely go down a storm.

Why not buy a nice book of paper, get some photos printed and make a little picture album? Or you could write a poem on some high quality card and decorate it, or simply draw a picture. Some dismiss ideas like these as stupid, but if you put a bit of time into making the gift, you’ll get good results. Don’t rush it, give yourself a couple of weeks to finish and you’ll have a gift worth giving – and sure to warm your partners heart.

Take A Romantic Walk: Romantic walks are great – they can take you to some nice scenic places, give you a chance to have some meaningful conversation and spend some quality time together – all for free! If you can’t think of a romantic walk to take in your area then ask around and see if anyone can suggest a place that you don’t know about.

Of course, taking a romantic walk is just a stand in for doing anything that’s free. You could visit a local village, fly a kite, go hiking, have a picnic in the park and many other things besides. Any of these things can make for a great romantic Valentine’s date – just use your imagination.

Prepare A Special Home Cooked Meal: Save yourself on the expense of dining out by preparing an extra special home cooked meal. Ditch those ready meals and regular easy dishes that you make all the time and do some research.

Either pick a recipe from a book that you own, or do a bit of research on the internet – there’s a whole world of great recipes out there waiting to be found. Many of them are even reviewed by people who’ve tested them out for themselves. Not only is this cheaper than eating out, but it’s more meaningful to your partner who will see that you care about them and want to do something nice for them yourself.

Look Out For Deals: Many places offer Valentine’s dining deals. However, sometimes these are more costly than a regular meal. But if you have vouchers for a particular restaurant, or find a 2 for 1 coupon at a nice eatery near you then you can cut your costs significantly. Just keep your eyes open, or even search the web for coupon deals valid at restaurants in your area.

Get Them A Gift You Know They Want: Not all gifts of equal price are of equal value. This means that spending a lot of money on something doesn’t always make it a better gift. Go and buy your partner something they want – it doesn’t have to be useful or boring like a pair of socks, although it can be. But pay attention to what your partner says they need, and buy one of those things if it doesn’t cost too much money. That way you’re guaranteed to please your partner with their present, and you can make the day extra special with a home cooked meal and a nice box of chocolates.