Now that tax season is over, many Americans have received or will receive a refund from the IRS. A lot of families will put their refund money in a savings account, while others will put it towards debt and bill. By choosing either option, families will forgo using the money for their own enjoyment. Although money is needed for many activities, I want to remind people that there are plenty of activities that require very little or no money that both parents and children can enjoy.
I personally love to read. When I was in high school, I would visit the library almost weekly, to check out a new book. Not only do libraries have books, but they have DVDs as well that you can borrow. Many libraries also offer classes for children and adults regarding many things.
My daughter is only 20 months old and her favorite thing to do is go to the park. Here in the Truckee Meadows area, many parks, such as Rancho San Rafael, offer many different activities all family members can enjoy. You can join a community baseball league, play disc golf, go hiking in the foothills, watch the fish and turtles, and much more.
Bike riding kills two birds with one stone, exercise and family time. The Sparks Marina is a great place to ride your bike, or you can just ride around your neighborhood.
One thing I love about living in Reno is all of the events that go on here, and a lot of them are free to attend. Coming up in a couple of weeks is Cinco de Mayo festival. In August, the classic car event Hot August Nights goes for about a week. Then in September is the Great Reno Balloon Races.
These are just a few ideas for activities that won’t stretch your budget. If you just give it some thought, you can come up with some creative ideas. What cheap activities do you like to enjoy with your family?