Instituting a family fun night once a week is not only frugal but it makes fun, family memories along the way. Have you seen the cost of cinema tickets lately? Even for an average size family, going to the movies can cost you a bundle! Not only is there the cost of admission but also a couple tubs of popcorn, some drinks and that oh-so yummy box of Milk Duds. What are some frugal ways you save money on family movies? Do you take advantage of Netflix? Maybe Redbox is your favorite go-to place for a one night rental. Of course there is the library, that’s free (as long as you remember to return the movie on time and don’t incur a late fee!)
Our family fun nights are on Fridays. After a busy week we like to unwind with some unscheduled activities and just relax. Usually the kids choose 2 board games to play (one usually ends up being Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders for the 4 year old). One of our favorite games of all time is checkers. You’d be surprised at the sibling competition that arises!
After we finish the board games we usually make a couple big bowls of popcorn and if it’s an extra special night we make hot chocolate or vanilla steamers to go along with it. We take our treats into the living room and settle in together with blankets and cuddle time (with a few instances of spilled popcorn as well). We watch our family movie together and when it’s done the kids head to bed. What a great way to end a busy week! Instituting a family fun night in your home is a sure way to save LOTS of cash and have just as much fun (maybe more!).
What kinds of games do you like to play as a family? Do you already have a family fun night in your home, what kinds of things do you do?