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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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“I resolve to read to my child just for fun every day this year.”

One year–a long, long time ago–my New Year’s resolution was to get into the habit of reading aloud to my kiddos every evening from a “just for fun” book.

That was a resolution I kept for many, many years to come. And one of the best habits we ever built into our family.

I highly recommend it!  🙂

For suggestions on books to read aloud with your family, check out this list of Twaddle-Free Literature by grade level:

Recommended Children’s Literature by Grade Level

Happy reading! 🙂

~Debi

Craft Dough Recipe

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