Get out with the family more with these 3 saving techniques

Estimated monthly savings: $80

As a parent, it’s hard to withstand that heart-melting-appreciative smile that your kids give you after a day out to any of their favorite places. You may not, however, be able to return that smile when you calculate the amount you have spent on the outing. There are many things we spend money on when we embark on family outings. We spend money on gas or as transport fare, gate pass or parking lot fee, food and treats to mention a few. Here’s how you can give your family a great time while still saving money:

Pack your own food and treats

It might seem like you are being stingy by bringing your own food and treats along to the park or cinema. As long as you have a variety of homemade foods, treats and drinks, chances are that the kids won’t mind. It’s not only a great way to save some money but also a great way to eat healthily.

Choose movie-discount days at the cinemas

Cinemas have become one of the favorite places families like to hang out. Why not take your family to the cinema on movie-discount days? You still get to watch the same movie, in the same environment, with the same fun but for less.

Sign up for group outings

Some entertainment centers offer a discount for groups of families. Try connecting with other kids’ parents at your child’s school and suggest the idea. You will be surprised at how many of them are interested. It is also a great chance for you and your kids to make new friends.

Stick to your budget

Before leaving the house, decide on how much you intend to spend on the outing and stick to it. Don’t get carried away with the kid’s demand for every glittering item they set their eyes on.

Try these four tips and you will be able to afford more fun time with your family than you expected.