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The Best Free Fun Family Activities To Do On A No Spend WeekendIf you have a family, I’m sure you are looking for free fun family activities to do every now and then, especially when you are trying to save money and not spend it.

One of the most common reasons why people choose not to do a spending freeze is because they believe they won’t have anything to do. That they will be stuck at home bored to tears. Can you believe that?

When you are forced to cut your spending for a short period, you start to realize how much of your daily life revolves around money!

If you do not plan any activities during your spending freeze, I promise your family will have a difficult time sticking with it.

That’s why creating free family fun time is so crucial during a spending freeze. Getting creative with fun activities to do at home and outside of the home makes the experience of not spending any money during a weekend or during the month a less intrusive experience.

These free family day activities will not only create family fun together but these activities of free stuff to do will help you keep saving money.

When you create family fun at home, you are not only getting them to think outside the piggy bank, but you are creating memories too!

Here are some free fun family activities to do on a no-spend weekend to keep your family entertained.

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Have A Family Movie Or Game Night

If you have a streaming subscription service or a pile full of movies, take advantage of them for some free fun family activities!

What about those old home movies of when you were little? Show the kids the fun fashions back then and how much technology has come since you were a child.

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Dig out the popcorn and snacks and have a family movie night together.

Or dig out those old board games and have a good old family feud.

These are not only great ways to spend time together as a family but also a great way to spend the night at home.

If you need some ideas for some great family games, here are 32 of our family favorites!

One of our top 10 games is Farkle!

Have A Family Movie Or Game Night

Make Dinner A Theme Night

Depending on the length of your spending freeze, you could be not spending money for quite a while.

This means you may have to get a little creative with the menu and your family fun time to keep things from getting stale fast!

On weekends we usually have a little more free time, so I will plan a theme night to keep things interesting and create more family fun.

Look online for free printables to jazz up your dining room or table. Have the kids color or paint some pictures too!

Why have just dull tacos when you can have a Mexican night complete with music!

Or you can make a movie-themed dinner and movie night!

The best part about these free fun family activities is getting creative and getting your family involved in the planning fun!

Here are some more tips on how to make eating at home fun!

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Camping (Even From Your Backyard)

If you have a nearby camping area that doesn’t charge a fee for camping there, go out and enjoy some nature together!

You don’t need hot dogs to have a meal over a campfire, and the more creative you get, the more fun it can be during your family day activities.

If you don’t have a place nearby you can go, consider camping from your backyard instead!

Backyard camping can be just as fun, and besides, then you can just go back inside if you forget something or it starts raining.

When you get creative with your free fun family activities, you create more memories and that’s the best part of it all!

Finding free stuff to do helps you stay on budget during your spending freeze, plus it helps get your creative brain thinking of more free stuff to do. 

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Visit Your Local Farmer’s Market

If you still plan on purchasing food during your spending freeze, take a trip to the farmer’s market for your fresh fruits and veggies.

This can be a great way to get everyone out of the house while making it a fun and exciting experience. Plus, you can save money too!

Grocery stores have a lot of sugary treats and processed food temptations, and while the farmer’s market might as well, there are going to be a lot less of them, especially at the checkout lane.

What’s great about the farmer’s market is that you can explore new and exciting fruits and vegetables that your family might not have seen or enjoyed before. You can create games like a family cookoff incorporating different fruits and vegetables into your family meals.

 

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If you don’t want to spend any money, you can still walk around and take it all in. Just make sure to bring drinks and snacks because at least one of your crew will get hungry just looking at all the tasty food.

This can also be a great time to compare prices for after your spending freeze!

Get the kids involved by having them take price notes on all the produce that you normally buy. This way they get involved in the process of how much food costs.

You can also make it like a scavenger hunt and have the kids find the produce you need for the week.

Have older kids figure the price and weight of the produce you are buying, and keep a running tab of how much you are buying.

Consider going to a u-pick farm to save money and get a day out of the house!

As you can see, these free fun family activities don’t have to cost you a lot of money or any at all. It’s all about being creative and flexible which makes it fun family time.

 

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Read A Book Together

This might sound like a weird idea, but I promise it is so much fun!

Pick a book that you and your family can read together and dive right in!

This can be a fun way to get your children and maybe even a stubborn husband to read a book.

If you don’t want to have to read the book out loud, consider looking into free audiobook options.

When my kids were younger, we would read a chapter at dinner. This would get the kids excited not only about reading but spending quality time around the dinner table. 

Then we would ask questions about the chapter and what we think would happen next in the story. It led to some great conversations about the characters we were reading about. 

These activities to do at home don’t cost a lot, but they do take some effort. But when you are trying to save money during a spending freeze, getting creative can be the one thing that can help you stop spending!

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Organize & Rearrange Your Home

This one might not sound like much fun, but it can be a great thing to do during a no-spend weekend.

Take the time to declutter and organize your home.

You can even take the time to organize a garage sale or find a few things to sell around your house online!

You may be surprised to see what treasures lie in your humble abode.

Or try rearranging your furniture.

Rearranging your furniture can bring a breath of fresh air to your rooms as it will look different, and might have a different flow.

Swap out lamps, pictures, curtains, and even accessories from bedrooms to your living rooms, dining rooms, and even the kitchen.

Your spaces will look different and new and it didn’t cost you a penny!

It’s these free fun family activities that can help you appreciate what you have and help remind you of the goal of why you are having a spending freeze.

Plus, these activities to do at home while you are not spending money can help you find money hiding in your home!

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Plan Your Next Vacation Or Staycation

If you are saving up for a big vacation or to put more money toward a staycation, there is no time to plan like the present!

Sit down together as a family and hash out all the details, start researching your trip, and create a budget for your trip.

This can also help motivate you to see your spending freeze until the end as this will help remind you of your common goal.

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These family day activities can help keep your kids invested in why you are trying to save money.

Create a goal sheet of how much money you need to save for your trip. Color a section when you have reached that next goal and celebrate together.

Then, you can plan some other free fun family activities to keep your family heading towards the goal.

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Host A Potluck Night With Friends & Family

Who says you can’t have friends over during a spending freeze!

Make a night of it and have everyone bring over a unique dish to try.

This can help make cooking less stressful, the atmosphere a little more relaxed, and can turn a boring weekend into a fun night with friends and family.

Just because you and your family are doing a spending freeze, doesn’t mean you can’t spend time with other people who aren’t.

Since you have to eat anyway that night, adding a little extra fun with these activities to do at home with friends and family can sure make a no-spend weekend or no-spend month go by fast.

Keep a list of free fun family activities your family has done so that you can pull something out of your “creative hat” when you’re family get bored and wants to spend money.

Having a No Spend week might sound fun until the weekend arrives.

However, as you can see, there are so many things you can do that don’t involve money!

That’s why creating free family fun time is so crucial during a spending freeze. You can get creative with fun activities to do at home and outside of the home which makes the experience of not spending any money a less intrusive experience.

These free family day activities will help you create family fun together and these activities of free stuff to do will help you keep saving our hard-earned money.

Plus, when you create family fun at home, you are not only getting them to think outside the piggy bank, but you are creating memories too!

 

YOUR TURN: What are some of the free fun family activities you do on a No-Spend Weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

The Best Free Fun Family Activities To Do On A No Spend Weekend
The Best Free Fun Family Activities To Do On A No Spend Weekend
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