Free Family Fun: Have a Blast Without Busting Your Budget

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Sara Eckel on Sep 8, 2009 at 4:28PM

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Free Family Fun: Have a Blast Without Busting Your Budget

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No Cash? Get Creative

Take me out to the ball game ... or the amusement park ... or the movies. When asked, kids will usually opt for a family activity that involves double-digit ticket prices and expensive extras like $5 popcorn and $7 hot dogs. But having a good time with your family doesn’t have to empty your wallet. In fact, Mary Hunt, creator and editor of the newsletter Debt-Proof Living and author of 18 books on saving money, says that free activities are usually more fun than the pay-to-play variety. “Frugality forces us to be creative, and that’s something that kids really lack. They have grown up being entertained from the moment they are born,” she says.

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