Make sure you include money in your budget for entertainment (you are human and you will want to go out and have fun). Even while being on a budget you need to have some fun or you will not stick to your long-term plans.
But you can have fun cheaper:
1. Pack a lunch and snacks when going to an amusement park, zoo, or other events. This works if you are traveling this spring and summer as well. Use an ice pack to keep things cool.
2. Look for coupons and discount codes for lower admissions to different fun places.
3. Go in the off-season for cheaper admission to amusement parks, zoos, and other fun places to explore.
4. Check out local events and locations to visit. Be a tourist in your own town or city. Is there a museum or gallery you have never been to before?
5. Save your reward points and miles and use them for cheaper gas for traveling, movie tickets, and other forms of entertainment.
6. Find low-cost things to do- for example, walk around a park (take pictures) or throw a frisbee or ball around or fly a kite with the kids.
7. Search for good deals on hotels.
8. Find cheap or free things to do with your children while traveling- stop at parks and green spaces where they can run around.
Memories do not have to be costly to be meaningful.
Recently, me and my husband headed to zoo as a day-trip. It is about an hour and a half from here. To help keep our costs a bit lower, I packed our lunch and snacks (cooler bag and an ice pack to keep it cool). I packed a bag with sunscreen and our camera. We are headed up now partly to see all the baby animals that spring brings but also the admission is cheaper because it is still considered the off-season.