Family entertainment activities can cost a great deal, especially if you have some higher expense activities planned like a trip to a theme park, buying those cool Celine Dion tickets, or a plan to go to that once in a lifetime Cirque Du Soleil event. Sadly, this type of entertainment can cost more than $100 per ticket. But does that mean you should never go? Of course not! What it does mean is that you have to budget for the special event financially.
Every family can budget for a special cultural event, all you have to do is start early. Just make a point of putting $5 to $20 aside each week, and make sure you earmark this money as family entertainment money. This way when that great concert, circus event or sports event comes along, you don’t have to feel guilty about taking the kids.
Save For Big Budget Events
Plan out your big-ticket event. Pick out an event a few months in the future. Plan on this being a special family outing date. Post the calendar on the refrigerator so kids can visualize the date. This way when kids want to go to a movie or out to eat, you can say no and explain that you are saving for the more important entertainment event – one they will enjoy so much more.
Save on Weekly Entertainment
If you do decide to go out for your typical weekend entertainment, look for ways to save money, and put this amount aside or in an account for that one big event. For example, you can save money at the movies by purchasing matinee tickets or going on days when tickets are less expensive. Stay away from the concession stand, and instead eat something light before leaving home so that kids won’t be hungry.
Look for coupons
Scour your local paper for restaurant coupons, movie rental deals or take-out pizza offers. Plan a family fun night with Pizza (coupons) and a cheap movie rental. Put whatever money you save away for that special event.
Free Family Events
Consider taking the family to free family events while you continue to save for that one big event. Look for community flyers, drive by the parks and look for billboards listing the upcoming events. You may even want to look in the newspaper or Craigslist for special upcoming picnics; family get-togethers, theater presentations or concerts. Many of these free events sponsored by the city you live in are really wonderful, and sitting on a blanket under the night sky enjoying the sounds from a local band can be just as memorable as going to the movies, shopping or to some other weekend event.
Count down the number of weeks until that special event day arrives. Write the amount you have saved down on the calendar days for the whole family to view and cheer you on. This will get everyone geared up and ready for that really special upcoming concert or event you have been saving for so long.