It’s Friday Night and you’re stuck for ideas on the weekend, you have little or no money but you still want to give your family a little fun, so why not do it on a budget.
Firstly, don’t worry because most households are in the same position, there are things you can do to have a laugh and enjoy yourself with these simple weekend money saving tips.
At the end of the week I always like to conjure up ideas that will keep the boys entertained that don’t cost the earth. Sometimes I wish I had all the money in the world to take them to the cinema or maybe treat them to something really nice like a meal and so on… It’s just a little difficult when my purse has been depleted throughout the week.
Being a stay at home mum I have always had to think on my feet when it comes to money saving ideas and I have decided to show you what fun things you can do with your kids on a weekend that cost next to nothing to reproduce.
Whilst your here and looking to save a little cash why not check out these Money Saving Tips to boost your family’s budget giving you a little extra to spend on family.
10 Awesome Money Saving Tips for the Weekend!
1. Family Movie Night.
A simple solution and a great replacement for the cinema. There are so many family movies to choose from to be honest it’s probably a better option than spending £50 or more going to the cinema. Maybe you could make the experience even more pleasing and recreate a full cinema night having popcorn and dips. Get your sweeties nice a cheap from a local store and snuggly up in your darkened living room. In a word “PERFECT.” Here are 10 must see family movies to give you a little inspiration.
2. Go for a Walk or Bike Ride.
Why not save money and get active at the same time? Going for a walk on the weekend is a lovely way to spend quality time together as a family. We often do this and the boys love it. You could walk to nearby parks or maybe go bug hunting in the woods. Wherever you choose to go exploring you will find the conversation flowing and fun things just seem to happen.
3. Homemade Family Takeaway.
I hate to spend money when I can save so much by simply cooking up a great family feast in my own home. First thing to do when recreating food from a takeaway is not to worry about the calories. We treat ourselves once a week to a family feast that consists of lots of cheap yet naughty foods, at fraction of the price.
4. Play a Board Game.
Most of us have at least one board game in our homes. We have a fair few due to my youngest son’s love for playing them. You can pick a great board game up and be playing it for hours on end. It’s a great way to actually engage with your kids and you often find who cheats the most to win. If your interested in find out the main benefits of trading card games and board games take a look here.
5. Visit a local Museum or the National Trust.
I remember when we used to head out to museums nearly every weekend, and I often think that my children’s love for learning actually comes from visiting museums. All you need to do is make a pack lunch and spend a little on fuel or bus fare and you can have a great day learning both visually and literally. Most museums are free and this is why you should most definitely go! Not only that, you will also find your kids are tired out by the time they get home giving the parents a little alone time. You could also find lots of things to do with kids at the national trust quite interesting too, there is such a big world away from spending money you don’t have.
6. Get Creative
Kids love to craft. You can simple find tons of craft ideas on the internet and your kids will love them. I personally love pinning craft ideas to save them for weekend money saving activities. The great thing about craft is that you can use your imagination and teach your kids to make anything they like. One thing that we certainly enjoy is building paper craft using templates. You can see how to do this here. Your children can literally make any of their favourite characters, movie scenes from paper craft and it cost you next to nothing to print paper templates out. Likewise your younger children could also colour in by printing free online printables like this one here.
7. Create a living room den.
How many kids would turn down the chance of turning your living room into a den? It’s a great fun and cheap idea that makes your kids happy and helps them interact and use their imagination. Equally I am sure your little ones would like to dress up to act out their imagination.
8. Car Boot sales.
In the summer you can find some real bargains at car boot sales. This is one of my personal favourite money saving tips because you can explore and find some real hidden gems. Just think you could find anything including board games, computer games and toys that will have your kids entertained for hours and again at a fraction of the cost.
Oh, how could you not want to do this one? Sitting in the sun watching the world go by as your children play and you bask in the sun. It’s another great way to save money and engage with your family or friends. One thing I have found when coming up with ways to save money on the weekend, is that most of the activities you do actually involve speaking to one another. That itself is worth it’s weight in gold! Creating time as a family can be hard at times, but when your trying to save a little cash it seems far easier.
There seems to be a bit of a boom in camping at the moment and to be honest it’s not for everyone, but I know my family love it and I am sure if you give it ago yours will too. Here are some great places to go with the kids camping that may be close to where you live. Camping is cheap and you can simply pick up a tent and head off for the night making camp fires and generally having fun as a family whilst saving your hard earned cash.
Now I have more weekend money saving tips for the family, but I would love to hear yours. What great things do you and your family do to save money on a weekend?