Saving Money on Entertainment in the Winter

December 1, 2008

The warm, lengthy days of summer are gone so now many of us spend the evenings cooped up inside, warm but maybe a little stir crazy.  It’s been a challenge for us since our young son absolutely LOVES being outside.  He spends every possible minute he can running around the back yard and burning off energy, at least he did before winter set in.

I think a lot of people feel the same way he does about winter; it really takes away many of the things you’re used to doing for fun in the spring, summer, and fall.  You drive home from work in the dark and spend all evening inside, looking for something to keep you occupied.  Dreaming of the coming spring, melting snow, and warm weather…

Over the next few days, we’re going to take a look at a few ways you can save money on entertainment this winter while you’re trapped inside, looking for something fun to do.


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5 Responses to Saving Money on Entertainment in the Winter

  • Joshua @ AccountableLiving

    For young kids, something relatively simple are the play areas at your local mall. Take some snacks or a lunch with you and let them run around in a semi-controlled environment while you play with them or catch up on some reading.

    As for the adults….. perhaps I am a bit old fashioned, but going bowling, the YMCA, and other “just get out” type stuff that is not too expensive can be fun. But I also LOVE to haunt used book stores, so for me, it’s a relatively easy existance….

  • sara l

    See if your local children’s museum has free days and mark them on your calendar. If you have any gaming systems (particularly the Wii) any movement games (like Dance Dance Revolution type things) help keep you moving in the warmth.


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