Monday, August 27, 2012

Family-Friendly Labor Day Activities with a Frugal Twist

 Labor Day is the perfect time for families to hang out and have fun while summer is still upon us. But it's not always easy on the family budget to have a big Labor Day adventure. If you're looking for a family-friendly activity that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, consider these traditional activities with a frugal twist.

Backyard Barbecue with a Frugal Twist
My husband and I love to have people over for a cookout in our backyard, but it can get costly to provide food for a bunch of people. Instead, have a themed potluck and ask your guests to bring their favorite summer dish. Or try hosting a somewhat less expensive Labor Day meal: breakfast.

Shopping Trip with a Frugal Twist
What one word is synonymous with Labor Day? Shopping. But sometimes, even sale prices are a little hard on the budget. Instead of going out and shopping, try coordinating a Labor Day clothes exchange for your kids. Have each kid bring along a couple of outfits or accessories they're willing to part with. The kids will get new-to-them outfits to wear, a lesson in sharing, and some time to socialize. 

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