Guest Post by Jason R. Fisher:
When you are trying to live frugally one of the greatest challenges one can face, as a parent, is the entertainment of your children. Let’s face it a lot of things cost money you are trying to save.
So how do you entertain the little ones, so they don’t drive you up the walls, with out breaking the bank?
Find out what is going on at your local parks. We live in Columbus, which has some pretty killer metro parks. There are constant nature related happenings from lectures and animal shows down to the playground. (You already paid for them after all) My girls loved seeing the birds of prey show where they had the chance to pet an owl and a hawk, and they were learning. (Shhh don’t tell them)
Take along an old loaf of bread and see if you can find a flock of ducks or even some fish to feed. You were going to throw it out anyway right?
During the summer our parks even offer an explorer program where you have to go and find factoids at every park in the area. Fill out your “Park Passport” and you can be entered for a prize, it is a great little treasure hunt.
And speaking of treasure hunts, if you have a GPS you can always try out geocaching, the global treasure hunt. In almost every park I have visited someone has hidden a cache. You log on, get the coordinates and the hunt is on. For only the cost of gas you can spend hours searching for a treasure. They can even trade toys in some of them, so there is real treasure involved.
~Jason R. Fisher writes at improvethequality.com a site about living simpler, saving money, and improving life.