Top 5 Ideas for Family Fun on a Budget

Tips from Hannah Keeley on budget-friendly family activities.

Family budgets are tightening. But that doesn’t mean fewer family activities. Budget-conscious moms and dads can connect and spend quality time with their kids throughout the year with our top 5 ideas for family activities on a budget.

Family Activities at Home
One of your biggest monthly investments is your family home, so why not get your money’s worth? If your kids don’t think staying home is cool, here’s your opportunity to get creative:

1. Establish a weekly game night. There’s no need to buy new games, just ask other parents if they have games that you can borrow.

2. Subscribe to a home movie-rental service. Let the kids add their favorite movie to the queue as rewards for accomplishments.

3. Dining in style. Try to eat more meals at home. Keep the meal simple, so the family can prepare it together. I like to use affordable canned vegetables, like Libby’s, in recipes and as side dishes because they are delicious and easy to prepare.

Budget-Friendly Family Activities Out of Town
No matter the season, families benefit from fun trips and activities. With tips 4 and 5, families can plan little escapes that don’t jeopardize the mortgage:

4. Plan trips close to home. Look for locations three to four hours away to make it a road trip and save on airfare.

5. Try camping. Once a popular option, many young families are getting back into the adventurous spirit of camping. During cooler months, rent a cabin at a discounted rate.

For more tips from Hannah Keeley on how to connect with your family, visit the Libby’s Vegetables Web site at

Hannah Keeley is a mother of seven, the host of “Hannah Help Me!” on PBS and author of “Hannah Keeley’s Total Mom Makeover: The Six-Week Plan to Completely Transform Your Home, Health, Family, and Life.”

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