15 Ways to Have Fun with Kids Without Breaking the Bank
When I became a stay-at-home-mom almost 9 years ago, I very quickly realized that I needed to find things to do outside of the home. I was never one of those moms who was able to sit in the house. I found myself very bored with my new role and I was constantly looking for things to do with my kids, albeit when they were babies, toddlers and then as young children. The problem though, as a newly stay-at-home-mom is that you need pinch pennies and save anyway you can.
Here are some of my favorite ways to have fun with the kids without breaking the bank!
Look to the library for fun & free activities for babies and children of all ages.
Visit a local farm to pick-your-own fruits and veggies or just to look at the animals.
Make art and craft projects with everyday household items or items from the dollar store.
Check out your town’s calendar2 to look for free or low-cost activities.
Cook or bake together.
Join a local mom’s group, playgroup or MOPS group to meet other moms and kids.
Explore a new playground.
Go on a picnic.
Visit a free museum – usually libraries let you check out a pass or museums have “free” days.
Check out a workshop at a local hardware or grocery store.
Check out a free concert.
Visit a local environmental or nature center.
Go on a bike ride
Invest in a KidsStuff Book
KidStuff Books fundraisers helped many schools in New Jersey raise money for their educational needs. You can find the new 2017-2018 edition of KidStuff is now available and is sold exclusively through schools.
Their ongoing mission is to raise money for education. Since 1993, KidStuff has helped schools raise over $70 million! Families easily save more than the $25 cost of the book. Schools earn at least 50% profit with no up-front costs or risks.
There are 24 editions in 11 states available. This year, New Jersey families will enjoy savings for shopping, activities and food at these fabulous locations: Toys“R”Us, Babies“R”Us, Macy’s, H&M, Acme Markets, Sears, Bed Bath & Beyond, Michaels Arts and Crafts Store, Burlington, Barnes & Noble, Gymboree, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Disney Store, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Dressbarn, Men’s Wearhouse, Yankee Candle, Pet Valu, Buybuy Baby, A.C. Moore, Claire’s, Francesca’s, Famous Footwear, Hobby Lobby, Charming Charlie, Skechers, Jos. A. Bank, Sally Beauty, Aéropostale, Six Flags, Dorney Park & WildWater Kingdom, Legoland Discovery Center, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Sesame Place, Crayola Experience, Adventure Aquarium, Diggerland, McDonald’s, White Castle, Rita’s, Subway, Domino’s, Carvel and hundreds more – visit www.KidStuffCouponBook.com to see the full list!
I buy our KidStuff books from our local school and I keep my KidStuff Coupon Book right in my car. I always grab the book with me when I head into the mall and throw it into my bag or stroller. If I know I am going somewhere ahead of time, I take the coupons out and plan by route with the coupons. KidStuff Coupon Books offer such a wonderful opportunity to save money with the upcoming holiday season and then as the year goes on. As a family of four, the savings on some of our local (and even not so local) attractions are tremendous!
KidStuff Books is offering a giveaway of 4 NJ Editions! To enter, follow the giveaway link below. Giveaway will end 9/18 at 11:59p ET. Giveaway is open to 18+, US Only. Good luck!
*Thank you to KidStuff Books for sponsoring this post.