Saving your money doesnâ€™t mean avoiding fun and excitement.Â There are plenty of things that you can do (yes with a family) that will cost you little or no money.
1.Â Â Â Â Â Rent a movie â€“ FROM THE LIBRARY.Â Itâ€™s free and often if they donâ€™t have the movie you are looking for you can request it and they will call you when they get it in.
2.Â Â Â Â Â Go on a hike.Â Some of the State Parks or National Parks even offer free guided tours through the attractions.
3.Â Â Â Â Â Tour a local plant or factory.Â There is an ice cream factory near our home that gives tours for almost nothing.Â There is also a genuine blacksmith that gives tours for free.Â Our family has toured goat farms, fire stations, and museums, all for the low, low cost of FREE!
4.Â Â Â Â Â If your child shows and interest, call and ask.Â Many businesses will be glad to give a tour (although you might have to get some friends to go along so you have a large enough group).Â Call the local newspaper, television station, or radio station.Â It will probably be just as exciting for the adults as it is for the kids.
5.Â Â Â Â Â Check out the local festivals.Â There are literally thousands of these things going on all the time:Â Harvest festivals, fiddle festivals, strawberry (or other fruity) festivals, winter festivals, spring festivals, renaissance festivals, and even a poke salad festival.Â Many of them are free and offer activities that range from acting performances to hands on treats for the kids.Â Your local chamber of commerce (or a quick search online (should offer you endless possibilities for your weekends).
When the money gets tight, or even if itâ€™s just the money holder ;), there are still plenty of things that can be done to entertain the family.Â Take some time to investigate all the free offerings that are available in your community.