Fun & Frugal Holiday Activities

| August 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

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We hate to say it, but the countdown to Christmas has begun. Let’s face it, we are halfway there with only a few months off. If like many of us, you are living on an ever tightening budget, then this can be a daunting time. Especially when you have Halloween, Thanksgiving, and New Years straight afterwards, it is certainly an expensive time of year. So, to help us all stick within a budget, here are some great ideas for fun and even free things to do to make your holiday season perfect.

Halloween – Candy, Spooks and things that go bump in the night.

All that candy, costumes and scary movies can add up to an expensive cost. Don’t give yourself a fright, instead why not create your own costumes, play some fun games and make some ghoulishly tasty treats for the neighborhood.

There are plenty of games available online that will entice the kids this year, from the famed Halloween fortune slots game, through to Robot V’s Zombies. The majority of these games are free to play and will keep them entertained whilst you put your feet up and enjoy the holiday. If online gaming is not your kid’s favorite choice, consider a family game, such as spooky hide and seek or a ghostly cookies hunt around your home.

Christmas – “Tis the season to be jolly”

Christmas can be described as the most expensive time of the year = fact. From present buying all the way through to the fully stocked fridge for the big day, it is not easy to save money at this time of year. That being said, there are fun and frugal ways to make your Christmas day special without costing you a fortune. Let’s start with getting creative.

Many of us begrudge having to buy hundreds of Christmas cards that will be the same as everyone else’s. To stop this, why not make your own? You can do this on your own, with the kids or over a glass of wine with friends. You don’t have to be an artist; all you need is some giggles,a little creative thinking and a whole host of glitter. You will be left with unique cards, that may not be picture perfect, but they will be the ones that get saved for years.

What about the big day, the main event? Well there are many activities that you can do that won’t cost the earth. Take a walk in the Christmas snow as a family, make your own crackers to pull at the dinner table and even have a holiday sing along around the fire in the evening. All you will need is a CD with backing tracks or a pair of sturdy wellington boots, items that we may already have in our homes. The main thing to remember is to have fun as a family – or with friends during this holiday. You can drag out that Reindeer jumper from your childhood, or a musical tie – either way, laughter is always free.

New Years – Out with the old and in with the new.

Whether you are hosting the biggest New Years party in town, or you are looking forward to setting off those fireworks at midnight, this is the day to party. From food through to the drinks, it is going to be an expensive evening, especially coming so soon after Christmas day. So what can you do to keep the costs down?

Having a party at home? Well this is the perfect time to organize it with as little cost as you can. Ask friends to bring one dish with them, maybe you will throw a Mexican night, where everyone brings something different? The possibilities are endless and you can all have fun looking for the perfect recipes!

If you are looking for a great family activity to do over New Years, then start by looking at what is available on your doorstep. If you are lucky enough to have snow over the festive season, then why not grab those sledges and hit the slopes? Or for a warmer day, make a list of each member’s favorite festive films and have a movie day, where you appreciate each other’s tastes.

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