Staycations: 7 Cheap Activities at Home

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Everyone is tightening their budgets.  I think this is a good thing and this economy can be a good opportunity to try new kinds of bonding and activities especially for families.  You do not have to get away to get some R and R…and you get to avoid those pesky airport lines.

(Activity Ideas for Teen)

1. Movies are the New Vacation

Remember when going to the movies was a huge deal? Make going to the movies an event.  You could pack a picnic lunch, bring a bunch of candy from the supermarket (so much cheaper) and make everyone review it afterwards.

2. Be A Tourist

Have you ever thought about being a tourist in your own city.  This is a great way to rediscover the sites and show your kids or friends around town.

3. Scavenger Hunt

I have actually done these with friends.  You can split up into teams and make them competitive or you can have a family friends create a list of clues for you.  You can do it as simple as around the home or around the city!

4. Pamper

Even boys and men like a little pampering.  Trade massages, make your own steam room in the bathroom and make your own scrubs and washed at home for girls.

5. Sleep in Nature

Another (more scary word for some) would be camping.  Grab (or borrow) some tents and sleep in your backyard or go to a local nature reserve and try sleeping under the stars.

6. Block Party

I LOVE BLOCK PARTIES.  Organize one for your block or building and have everyone bring a different food or activity.

7. Smarten Up

Use this time to take some brain teasers, buy some games for the cheap at Target and have competitions with your family or friends.
You do not have to go on expensive trips to have a good time, bond and relax.  Plan your next staycation and even send out an email auto-responder and change your message so people really cannot bother you.

Also Check Out:

4 Tricky Ways to Save Money When You Have Teen Shoppers If you have a spender teen, this is a great way to get them to start thinking about saving.

Recession Proofing Your Kids Can you teach your kids to cut back on the extra’s without freaking them out about money? Here are some easy ways to save.

What My Dad Taught Me About Money For Money and Allowance Blog, here I talk about the four lessons my dad taught me about saving, spending and working…and how you can use them in your family.

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5 Responses to “Staycations: 7 Cheap Activities at Home”

  1. Suzette Valle
    March 19, 2009 at 9:00 am #

    Great little post! I’m a firm believer in getting back to nature, and doing things as a family, instead of relying on pre-fabricated entertainment, except for movies. Films are an instante escape from the harsh frugal reality families are facing today – and the entertainment budget is the first to get cut! I just hope the price of admission doesn’t keep climbing. How about those 3-D movie tickets? Ouch!

  2. Alfredo Zapata
    April 5, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    Great tips, I believe that teens have a incredible show case of choices, the only thing I think is missing is the focusing on the light about how to have fun doing things that will have meaning and not on the bright shining things that just get you high for few moments and make you crash….

  3. Vanessa Van Petten
    April 7, 2009 at 8:30 pm #

    Thanks Alfredo!

  4. Nanny Authority
    May 12, 2009 at 12:51 pm #

    It seems that many local tourism organizations are jumping on this trend so make sure to contact them seeing as they may have “staycation packages”. Being able to relax with your children helps you be a better parent. Or you can always hire a nanny if you need to take a weekend off!


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