The tough times call for some extreme budget measures. Most households are cutting back on some of the expenses in order to stretch the dollar and have a few savings. But one thing that should not be sacrificed is the quality time with the whole family. If a trip to the mall every week has been your favorite family activity over the past few years, you could still continue with it, but this time you have to learn how to be smart about money.
Eating out on dinners is a great way for family bonding but it could also cause a pain to your pocket especially if you do it frequently. A way to save on dinners is by doing a little internet research and watch for great deals and coupons. Several websites such as Groupon.com offer good deals on family dining. Some coupons are for free while other vouchers are to be bought at a low price. Savings could go from 20- 50% and the specials could be on the main entrees or appetizers.
If there’s a particular restaurant that your family loves, give them a call ahead of time and ask about their specials. Some places offer meals for kids or happy hour deals on certain days. It could save you more going on a weeknight rather than during weekends.
You could also just stay at home and cook for the family. Organize a family night; start with a wonderful dinner followed by fun family activities such as games or movie night.