5 Fall Family Activities to do at Home
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5 Fall Family Activities to do at Home

Posted on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012 at 11:17 am
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Frugal and fun are two words that are not usually associated with each other, however there’s a plethora of fun Fall activities families can do on a budget or for free!Frugal and fun are two words that are not usually associated with each other, however there’s a plethora of fun activities families can do on a budget or for free!

1. The Mayflower:

Relive the Mayflower journey in your own living room. One person
represents the New World and stands on a chair at one end of the room. Next, choose
someone to be the Mayflower and have them stand blindfolded at another end of the room(no
talking or peeking). Other members act as “rocks” and sit, stand, or lie on the floor between
the Mayflower and New World. The New World guides the ship by shouting out directions,
guiding the Mayflower across a rocky sea.

2. Thanksgiving TV Bingo:

Create Thanksgiving Day Parade Bingo sheets that include items
viewers have to spot while watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade. While watching, players
shout out what they see and place pennies on corresponding bingo spaces. To make it
more fun, make each bingo board different from one another, and include hard to spot items to
build anticipation.

3. Blackout:

Turn out all the lights and pretend there’s a blackout. Sit around candle light and
tell ghost stories, and get the flashlights out for a game of flashlight tag!

4. Ginger Bread Houses:

Instead of buying kits for your houses at the store this year, scour the
pantry and refrigerator for a few food items you haven’t got around to using. Encourage the
kids to get creative and have a gingerbread dream-house competition. One year we ran out
of graham crackers and made a roof out of salami instead!

5. Culture Night:

Focus dinner around a specific culture and/or region and have the kids
participate by picking out recipes, dressing in culture-specific attire, and playing a game of after
dinner bingo tailored to things you’d find in that culture. If you’re kids are too old for bingo, find
a film that represents that region. Not only fun but educational!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.