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12 Simple Ideas for Frugal Family Fun


by Deborah Taylor-Hough
Excerpted and adapted with permission from The Original Simple Mom’s Ideas Book (Simple Pleasures Press, 2015).


486ce01ccac1f555e5d4142c892a4d3bBeing frugal doesn’t mean you can’t ever have any fun with your family.  Sometimes it just takes a little creativity to find simple and inexpensive activities for all to enjoy.

  • Be patient and wait to see new movies on video. Some communities even offer free video rentals at local libraries and will order new movies if library patrons request a certain title.

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200+ Summertime Boredom Busters for Kids


by Deborah Taylor-Hough
Excerpted and adapted with permission from
The Original Simple Mom’s Idea Book (Simple Pleasures Press, 2015).


104b9375e8f945d7b4b5afd764e84d27We always tried not to use the phrase “I’m bored!” in our home while the kids were growing up.  Consequently, we didn’t hear our kids complaining about being bored during those long days at home during the summer months. But I have to admit that we were still an incredibly normal family, so even without the “b-word” in their vocabulary, there were still those times when my three children were at a total loss for something constructive to do. Continue reading