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It is so easy to spend money, isn't it? From little treats at the ice cream truck to big splurges like a new TV, it is really easy to just pop open that wallet. Same goes for things to do with the kids. Of course, you can head to the movies or go shopping at the mall, but there are a ton of free things to do that give us that same thrill as buying something.

Here's my list of awesome things I can do by myself or with the kiddo that doesn't cost anything. 

-- Make ice cream sandwiches. Grab that bag of cookies form the cupboard and that pint of vanilla in the freezer and make your own ice cream sandwiches on a hot afternoon.

-- Check out an interesting event in your town. Contact the library or the chamber of commerce or the museum and see what new things may be happening.

-- Read outside. Take your favorite books and a blanket. Head outside to the backyard or the park and have an outdoor reading fest.

-- Write a letter. Think about it....when was the last time you wrote a letter, not an email or a text? Pick up that pen and write a letter. Have your kids do the same. It may start a fun tradition.

-- Stargaze. Look online or check out some books from the library on stars. Read with your kids as to what they may see in the night sky. Pop some popcorn and go outside at night and see what is up there. Look for shooting stars to make a wish.

What are things you love to do that don't cost money? 

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by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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mallowcup17
by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 8:32 AM

great ideas. we do a lot of these, the local area is great for free and low cost events of all kinds and love the accessibility to everything

goddess99
by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 9:12 AM

My dd and I have girly days at home. We watch a movie, do mani and pedis and eat junk food.

Bmat
by Bronze Member on Jun. 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Good reminders- thanks.  Our town has concerts in the park in the summer- free.

daerca574
by Member on Jun. 27, 2012 at 9:21 AM
1 mom liked this

 we like to go to the local water spray parks.  the kids enjoy those.

starreyedcutie
by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 9:24 AM
Go to the beach, go to a park, camping
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ceciliam
by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 9:45 AM
1 mom liked this

We like to make play houses from cardboard boxes.

Madelaine
by Bronze Member on Jun. 27, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I do forget about these!  Thanks for the reminder!

Rushn311
by on Jun. 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM

PLaygrounds with the kids...which I really need to do more often

dusky_rose
by Member on Jun. 27, 2012 at 10:40 AM

We take the dog to the dog park, take a walk over to the play ground, go to the library for story time (we need to do that more often), and go to the petting zoo (donation only).

slw123
by Member on Jun. 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM

 going to the park or the beach.  Walking around the neighborhood.

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