It's Friday and you're looking forward to a weekend of rest and relaxation. But the kids are bored and you're desperate to find some way to occupy them that won't break the bank. Entertainment can be expensive.
Well, you’ve come to the right place. Rob West is our guide to understanding God’s Truth about money butoday he has "10 Things You Can Do for Free."
Sometimes it just seems easier to take the kids out to a movie or to the ballpark but, from a financial standpoint, these activities are no longer family friendly.
- Go the library. The library is a free way to kickstart any number of free activities that entertain and educate.
- While you’re at the library— check out a book with pictures of the constellations. That night you can sit in the backyard and search the skies for the Big Dipper and other celestial formations. It’s a great time to talk about God’s creation, too.
- Check out your community calendar. Most towns have free events going on and you or the kids might run into friends at one of them. This is especially true in the fall, so be ready.
- If you have smaller kids and don’t feel like going out— build a blanket fort.
- Have a yard sale. It’s a great way to teach kids the value of things— and you can actually make a little money doing it.
- Go for a walk around your neighborhood or town. You or the kids might meet some new friends. If you want to jazz it up— research historical places in your town to walk to and pack a lunch to eat along the way.
- Take the kids to a playground. Bring a ball or a frisbee and play with the kids. We can all use a little more fresh air and exercise.
- Have an "entertainment swap" with friends. Exchange movies or video games for the weekend.
- Build paper airplanes and have a competition for which one flies the best or farthest.
- Visit an elderly or disabled person in your neighborhood. While you’re chatting— take notice of anything you could do to help them out and offer to do it. It’s a great way to share the Gospel, too.
Next, Rob and Steve tackle listener questions at 800-525-7000 and via email to Questions@MoneyWiseLive.org on a variety of topics:
- With Social Security and a pension paying your day to day expenses and no debt, should you put the proceeds from the sale of a second home into bolstering your savings or pay down the debt on the first home?
- If you're getting closer to retirement, should you consider long term care insurance?
- What benefits do you realize when you put your estate in a trust?
- If you continually find yourself with a little money left over every month, should you put it toward your mortgage or into your 401(k) if you feel a little behind in your retirement investments?
- If you're separating from your current employer and going back to school, how should you handle your current 401(k)?
- If you make pretty decent money but can't seem to put any away, how do you get started on a budget?
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