Friday, February 27, 2009

Money, money, money and entertainment

So for anyone who knows me you know I like to save money. I use coupons, shop sales, sign up for coupons, etc. I love being a stay at home mom, but to do that today you have to get creative sometimes. When we first moved to OH we decided to use my husband's salary as our living expenses. We assumed I would get a job at first to cover all the fun stuff and extras. Well, God knows better than we do and we found out we were pregnant almost immediately after we got settled in. I became horribly sick and was not able to work so we have learned how to have fun for cheap or free.

We are blessed because the area we live has so much to offer for FREE. Here are a few of the things we do frequently on a very minimal entertainment budget.

Utilize your library- Our library allows us to borrow movies for free. We borrow books, music, dvds, video games all free. Also, story time is a great thing to do with young kids, and again, it's free. Our library system has different great programs with crafts, songs, story, snack, and friends. Also, there are adult classes, family activities, summer book reading programs all FREE. So if you like fun free activities this is one of your first places to check out.

Park systems- We also have an amazing parks department in our area. There are several wonderful parks offering many fun programs for kids and adults. We have a working farm with a petting zoo which is one of my kids favorites we can go any time and see the animals have a picnic play on the playground and have a great day all for free. Many of the programs they offer are for wide age range and teach kids some very cool stuff.

Children's museums/zoos- We became a member of our local children's museum. For the cost of about two visits we can come anytime for a year. It also allows us access to other venues for free or discounted tickets. If you know you will attend enough this is a good option for inexpensive.

Churches/community- Around the holidays many churches or neighborhoods put on fun festivals for free or inexpensive. Keep your ears open for free Easter egg hunts, Christmas carnivals, turkey trots, etc. Also, many churches offer programs such as Awana for kids. I personally love the idea of a fun environment for my kids to learn scripture.

Watch for free food promotions- I am not ashamed to dress like a burrito for free Chipotle on Halloween. Or to dress like a cow at chick fil A for a free meal. These are so much fun if you get a group of friends together and go. Not only will you have fun, but you get free dinner. What's not to love.

Well, speaking of entertainment, my time is up. My 18 month old is now wanting my attention. So I will go entertain him. Or maybe he will be the one entertaining me.


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