How to Save Money Tip Day 4: Cheap Ways to Entertain Family or Friends
Having your friends or family over doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. There are lots of fun activities that you can do that that are inexpensive. Cheap is often seen as a negative word but I think we need to change our perception. I think we should look at frugal ways to entertain both at home and elsewhere.
Involve your kids in planning fun activities such as games like tag, hide and go seek, jump rope etc, artistic ideas like drawing with chalk. Kids can help make inexpensive decorations for parties or holiday celebrations.
Be honest with your friends and family- tell them expectations need to change and that you value their friendship but that your pocketbook needs help. They might also feel the same way but find talking about it difficult.
Cheap doesn’t mean less fun.
Alternatives to expensive nights or activities include:
- Cooking parties (freezer meals, cookie swaps, etc)
- Clothing swaps (trade no longer worn clothing with your friends)
- Day trips to a local beach
- Beach party- bon fire, roasting marshmallows
- Movie and popcorn at home
- Pool parties
- Board or card games
- Wine and cheese parties (everyone contributes food and a bottle of wine)
- International food nights (everyone brings a different dish)
- Coffee date
- Manicure or facials at home
- Video games
Remember to think outside the box for different and unique ideas. After all it isn’t about the amount of money being spent but rather time spent together and all the fun experiences we share.