In a world where social media can make or break our perceived coolness, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype. But when it comes to family time, cost shouldn’t be the deciding factor; memories should.
There is something magical about spending quality time with your loved ones without much cash.
Even if your idea of a frugal family fun night is having a picnic in your backyard, playing board games, or simply having a movie night, the memories you create will be priceless.
So, let’s put down our phones, grab a blanket, and make memories that truly matter. Plus, who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned family game night? Just beware; your competitive side might come out.
Fun Frugal Family Things To Do Together
1. Celebrate a holiday even if it’s not a holiday
Check the calendar and online for many unusual holidays to peg your celebration. For instance, there’s a National Watermelon Day.
Celebrate by gathering the family in the backyard or a park and eating watermelon. Stretch the frugal family fun by having a watermelon seed-spitting contest.
You could also celebrate Christmas in July or Thanksgiving in August.
2. Clean out the kitchen pantry
Make it fun by putting together all those newly discovered foods hiding on the back shelves for unusual but delightful dishes. Have a contest with each family member to create an original recipe.
This is also a time to teach your kids how important it is to use what you have first for meal planning! Some of you who haven’t followed this blog or my TikTok account are like, what?! Trust me, this is the key to cheap groceries.
Continue the theme by cleaning out a closet, garage, or attic and designating items for a yard sale. Earmark the money earned for a family getaway, and you’ll get more cooperation.
3. Visit a cemetery
Okay, this may sound sad, but it can be fun and educational, too. Many headstones have interesting formations and histories.
Volunteer the family to help clean up the cemetery, trim grass, and pull a few weeds. Some cemeteries even have places to picnic, so don’t forget the food.
4. Fly a kite
Some of your fondest memories of growing up maybe when your mom or dad helped you build and fly a kite. You can buy all kinds of kite designs or get kits and make them yourself.
Materials are inexpensive, and construction can be simple.
5. Take a field trip to a pick-your-own farm
The entire family can pick various fruits and vegetables and purchase and eat them. Because you picked them yourself, the prices are very reasonable and taste better.
Check your local online news source or neighbors group for the nearest farm, and remember this is a seasonal activity.
6. Visit a botanical garden or arboretum
Most of these are free and beautiful places to stroll and visit with your family. Sometimes, lectures or festivals are held in the gardens.
Take your camera and get memorable shots of your family among the flowers.
7. Spend the night outside
This could be in your backyard or a campsite. Sit quietly by a campfire and try to identify the sounds of the night. It could be a part-night or an all-night affair. One of the indoor/outdoor rugs makes it an inviting space and a great place to play games during the day.
Frugal nights and days with your family can be some of the best. You’re together but not worried about the money being spent.
Best of all, your children will probably grow up and experience many of the same events with their kids.
8. Have a game night.
Gather all your board games and card games and have a family game night. You can also invite your neighbors or relatives to make it more fun.
The best part is it’s a budget-friendly way to spend quality time with the family.
9. DIY pizza night
Skip the expensive pizza places and have a DIY pizza night instead. This will not only be a fun activity for the kids but making pizza together is a great way to bond and enjoy a meal as a family.
You can also customize your toppings and make it an extra special night. For the competitive ones, you can have a contest for the most creative, most delicious, etc. My oldest loves this and even makes each category an award.
You can grab the little mini pizza crusts at Aldi for cheap or make your pizza dough.
10. Movie marathon
Nothing beats snuggling together on the couch and having a movie marathon with the family. You can choose a theme, such as Disney movies or superhero movies, or let each family member choose their favorite film.
Don’t forget the popcorn and blankets! Take advantage of free streaming trials to watch something new.
11. Scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunts are a fun way to get everyone moving and working together as a team. You can create your own scavenger hunt around the house or backyard or download free scavenger hunt printables online.
And the best part? It’s completely free!
12. Arts and crafts night
Get creative with the family and have an arts and crafts night. Gather any art materials you have at home, such as paper, paint, markers, and glue, and make some art together.
You can also make DIY gifts for loved ones or create homemade decorations for your home.
13. Have a picnic
Pack some snacks and drinks and head to a nearby park or beach for a picnic. Enjoy the fresh air, sunshine, and nature with your family. For even more fun, you can also bring outdoor games, such as frisbee or soccer.
It’s no secret that we live in a world that is always on the go. Between work, school, and everything in between, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of daily life. But when spending quality time with our loved ones, it’s essential to slow down and appreciate the little moments. That’s where family night comes in.
Sure, going out and doing something fancy can be expensive, but who says you need to break the bank? Whether it’s a movie night at home, a game night, or simply a home-cooked meal, the memories you’re creating are priceless.
Plus, let’s be honest: no one cares if it’s Instagram-worthy. It’s all about the laughs, the inside jokes, and the bond you’re building with your nearest and dearest. So, grab a bowl of popcorn, snuggle up on the couch, and enjoy quality time with your family – without worrying about the price tag.