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Leisure Time Budgeting Articles

Many people think that living on a budget means not having any fun! Certainly, entertainment can be expensive and it's easy to get carried away in the name of having fun. It is possible, though, to enjoy yourself, your family and your hobbies without sabotaging spending for enjoyment. These articles will share some practical ways to plan and monitor your leisure spending while also sharing ideas for having fun while spending little or no money. Read them and go have lots of fun!

  • Cable and TV Satellite Services

    Are you trying to decide between cable and a satellite dish? Consider the pros and cons of each.

  • Can You Stay on Budget AND Have Fun This Summer?

    For a lot of people, summertime means one thing: taking a vacation. But vacations can be expensive. With some advanced planning, you can have fun in the sun away from home. And you can do it all without breaking the bank.

  • 25 Fall Activities to do with your Grandchildren

    Summer heat and humidity are gone, so while there may be no more trips to the pool, the cooler temperatures and beautiful fall colors make for plenty of things to do both indoors and out. All it takes is an open mind, a little time, and a lot of creativity. Read on for 25 ideas for having fun with your grandchildren at little or no cost.

  • Inexpensive Ways to Brighten Your Mood and Home with Color

    Can a few simple color choices actually make a difference? Studies say yes.

  • Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle, While on a Budget

    Billions of dollars are spent in the U.S. each year on exercise equipment, dietary supplements, weight loss products and diet programs. With all that money, being spent, you'd think that money is a pre-requisite for getting in shape. But considering a recent study by the American Medical Association indicates 64% of all adults are overweight, all that money is seemingly spent in vain. In actuality, getting fit doesn't have to cost a lot of money.

  • Having Fun Without Spending A Fortune

    Saving money on entertainment doesn't mean you have to go to bed early every night. You can really save money and still have a good time.

  • Winter Fun on a Budget

    With winter's combination of colder days and less daylight it's tempting to hole up in our nice cozy houses until spring returns. Spending more time indoors can quickly lead kids and adults alike to run out of things to do. One solution is to run to a nice cozy mall, movie theatre, or café and spend our way out of boredom. But for most of us who are on a budget, that isn't the best decision.

  • Vacationing on a Shoestring

    With summer approaching, many people are making vacation plans. The rest of us are reviewing our budgets and having trouble justifying taking a vacation. Being on a strict budget doesn't mean you can't have fun. With a little bit of creativity and planning, even the most budget-conscious can find a way to blow off some steam this summer!

  • Winter Blues Got You Down? Start Planning Your Summer Vacation Now!

    Booking your summer vacation now will not only lighten your mood and lift your spirits-it will allow you to get the escape you want at a price you can afford.

  • The Art of Inexpensive Backyard Parties

    A summer backyard party is entirely within your budget-as long as you keep in mind that the key to a successful party is to remember that people are there to have fun.

  • Free Summer Activities Kids Will Love

    The final school bell of the year signals freedom for the kids-and a very long summer for you. With money tight, many families are forgoing camp and childcare this season, opting instead to entertain their kids themselves. So how do you maintain your sanity and budget while occupying little people with lots of energy? We have some ideas.

  • A Frightfully Inexpensive Halloween

    Remember when neighbors gave out apples on Halloween? And all you needed for a costume was an old flowered sheet with eye holes? These days, Halloween is a major affair. Kids (and parents!) are vying to out-treat and out-costume each other. So how can you have a spook-tacular holiday without spooking out your budget?

  • Get Fit at Home

    Even if your monthly budget no longer allows for you to keep your gym membership, that doesn't mean you have to surrender exercise completely. There are plenty of ways to exercise in the comfort of your own home-many of which cost little to nothing. Here are nine ways to keep your fitness routine going strong without burning a hole in the pocket of your workout pants.

  • Take Advantage of Community Programs

    Even if your monthly budget no longer allows for you to keep your gym membership, that doesn't mean you have to surrender exercise completely. There are plenty of ways to exercise in the comfort of your own home-many of which cost little to nothing. Here are nine ways to keep your fitness routine going strong without burning a hole in the pocket of your workout pants.

  • Affordable Fall Fitness Ideas

    Summertime gets all the glory for outdoor sports, but fall may be an even better season for getting fit. The weather's still warm enough to exercise outdoors but not nearly as hot as June, July, and August.

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