Family fun on a budget

Living in Sydney is expensive as it is and since we became a one-income family, I've realized just how easy it is for the budget to spiral out of control. With a bit more time spent on planning though, I've been able to find cheap alternatives for outings for our family of three. Here are a few fun family ideas on a budget – less is more has never been so exciting!

Explore Nature – We're so lucky to live in Australia where there's an abundance of natural beauty and exploring it doesn’t cost a thing. We live near the bush so we've been enjoying leisurely bush walks on the weekends.  When Alexander is older, we'll venture out to the nearest national park.
Nature fun
Get the kids in the kitchen – This one is cheap, easy and sets children up to be safe in the kitchen as they grow older. It’s easy for kids of any age to enjoy this timeless activity (Alexander loves to stir cake mix and lick the spoon!) while older children can even do some of the cooking themselves. Try choosing a theme for the day, e.g. Mexican Feast, so the whole family can work together before enjoying the meal when it’s done.
"Helping" with the veggie gardening
Tip: Getting the kids involved to look after a veggie garden is another fun, cheap and easy activity that you can combine whilst having them help you cook.

Go Bargain Shopping Together – Shopping with the family can be expensive, but setting a $5 limit per person and seeing who can buy the most creative/weird/funny item in a timeframe is a great way to save money, spend time together and laugh until your stomachs hurt.

Look into a holiday package – With the range of free activities available it’s easy to forget that taking a trip away can still be done on a tight budget. When we traveled to Fiji last year, we booked a package which included flights, accommodation and all our meals. Exploring the range of holiday packages available can mean finding a great deal at a great discount allowing for quality family time on a budget. The payoff is an unforgettable holiday experience.
Holidaying in Fiji last year
Learn something new – This is something my friend does with her kids and I can't wait to try when Alexander is older. Basically, you pick a type of exotic food your kids have never tried then find a cheap takeaway shop to get their tastebuds tingling. Whether it’s Chinese or Italian, when have the family research that country and find it on a map. You’ll be helping to expand their palate and their education in one cheap and simple swoop. Brilliant!

Do you have any ideas for budget friendly family outing too?

14 Responses to Family fun on a budget

Ananka said...

Good tips. It is always hard when money is tight.

kidgranny said...

Hi Trishie! Great ideas. I'm not sure if they offer this in Sydney but in Los Angeles, certain museums offer free entrance days, which can be a lot of fun! They also have free yoga classes at Griffith Park on the weekends (we give donations). Going to the beach as a family should be fun too! :)

Jane @ anothermommablog.blogspot.com said...

Great tips! We love the national and state parks and try to take advantage of them whenever possible.

Pamela RG said...

These are wonderful tips Trishie. Going to the parks are a wonderful way to spend time together. Also check out the Family passes to Museums and adventure parks.

My Garden Diaries said...

Great ideas here friend! I am just starting to put together some ideas for summer outings and yours are fantastic! The kitchen is something I am hoping to explore more with the beans this summer for sure! Happy weekend and your sweetie is such a doll! Nicole xo

Sharon D said...

You had me at 'budget'! ;) I love these tips. I look out for festivals and fairs for family outings, like the international flower fest that's going on now in Putrajaya and the Book fair in Mines.

Rose said...

Interesting! I always go for holiday in own country as cheaper and we have so many beautiful places that we have yet to explore. :)

Shirley Tay said...

It's always my dream to visit Fiji, Trishie! It's very costly to travel from SG ......

Anouk said...

I also believe that having fun shouldn't cost a fortune. When we look, we can find many ways to enjoy life without having to spend crazy amounts.

LUXESSED

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I love the idea about using food to teach kids about other cultures!

Enara Girl said...

Very nice tips, I will follow them but I need to have a baby, I hope that it happens soon. xoxo

Beauty Box said...

Yeah I know what you mean when one's budget can spiral out of control if you don't keep an eye on it. We stay at home a lot and I'm always trying to think of games to play that are "free". I have tonnes of fun with lil C just dancing to pop tunes on the radio or flying paper aeroplanes or even playing with the broom pretending to clean the floor. I think if you have a sense of playfulness, you can have a lot of fun with your little one without having to spend money. Sitting on the grass in a park and spotting dogs go by is something that keeps lil C very happy and occupied too! :)

Beauty Box said...

Oops I got a bit off-topic lol! A fun and affordable outing is to a local flea/food market. I really enjoyed going to one in Brisbane with friends - it had lovely organic, vegan, and breakfast items, a children's makeshift play area with swings and hammocks and a sand pit, and you can do some produce shopping as well.

burntfeather said...

I like the learn something new idea and of course exploring nature and cooking! All your suggestions though are really wholesome sweet family ideas - good date ideas too!