March 24, 2014

Spring Break Without Breaking Your Bank

For many, spring break is just starting (or is not too far off), and while the kids are overjoyed about their newfound freedom, many parents are not so overjoyed. Soon […]

For many, spring break is just starting (or is not too far off), and while the kids are overjoyed about their newfound freedom, many parents are not so overjoyed. Soon you may hear the two little words every parent dreads: “I’m booorrrrred!!!”

Some parents will set their kids in front of the TV or video games for a full week of mind-numbing screen time. Other parents will dig deep into their wallets (or simply swipe the credit card) to send their kids to workshops and amusement parks and all different kinds of activities.

But spring break fun does not have to break the bank! In fact, with a little imagination and planning, you can have the most enjoyable and affordable break ever!

Today I want to give you a few ideas to get you started on the right track. The options truly are endless!

  • Turn off the TV! Enjoy the beautiful weather instead. Go on a hike, visit the zoo, go camping in the backyard, or head out to a public pool. You’ll have more fun exploring and getting some fresh air than you would parked in front of the TV!
  • Find inexpensive and/or free activities in your area. Attend sporting events or concerts. Find local festivals, celebrations or neighborhood parties. Host a potlock or a “Bring Your Own Meat” BBQ. Invite the neighborhood kids for a water balloon fight, create an obstacle course, or stage your own Backyard Olympics.
  • Give the kids a chance to learn entrepreneurial skills by setting up a lemonade stand or starting a dog walking business. They can even help the neighbors with yardwork or housecleaning. This is a great way to teach your kids how to start and run a business, as well as how to manage their time and money.
  • Spend quality time together as a family. Have a Family Game Night, cook dinners together or bake sweet treats with the kids. Spend time really listening to your kids and taking this time to learn more about what makes them tick. When they look back at their spring break, these are the things they will remember.

Are you catching what I’m saying?? There are tons of ways to be fun and adventurous without spending tons of money! I would love to know what your spring break plans are. How do you plan to make this a fun, memorable and affordable spring break? Leave your comments for me below!

It would be a great idea to talk with your family about this, as well. Get their ideas. Find out what your kids would like to do during their break. (You may be surprised by what their idea of fun is!) Pass this message around to your friends, coworkers and people in your community in addition to Liking and Sharing today’s post! There’s always room for more ideas for inexpensive fun!

And one more thing… I’d love to have you join me later today for The Dani Johnson Show. We’ll be here all week at 12 pm ET/11 am CT.

 

In great faith,

 

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