Thursday, September 29, 2016

Budget Friendly Fall Family Fun

   What family friendly activities come to mind when you think of fall? We enjoy doing things that involve the whole family and won't break the bank. So when I was asked to write a post on this very topic, I jumped at the opportunity.

Most of these activities can be done at home with minimal cost to you. If you would like help tracking your costs, check out the free financial tools available here.

#1. Hayrides  - if you have access to a tractor and wagon like we do, this is a family favorite activity. Invite your friends to ride along and ask them to bring a snack to share.

#2. - Rake the yard and make a huge leaf pile. Take turns jumping in it and burying one another. Our children can spend hours playing with leaves.

#3. - Cider. - Nothing tastes quite as good as freshly squeezed apple cider. We also enjoy it hot with spices.

#4. - Caramel apples. Find a recipe for homemade caramel apples. Get the children involved by having them unwrap the caramels. Roll the candied apples in your favorite toppings.

#5. - Go for a hike and enjoy the beauty of nature as it prepares for winter. We live near a trail that goes through the woods. The children find all kinds of treasures like colored leaves, acorns and berries.

#6. - Pick out mums to set on your porch. One year I let each child pick their favorite colored mum, they were delighted.

#7. - Bonfires are the perfect way to end the day. Invite friends or neighbors over for S'mores and hot chocolate. Sit around the fire and learn to know each other better.

#8. Buy a pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Toast the seeds in the oven and cook the pumpkin. Use the cooked pumpkin to make a fresh pies.

#9. - Make and pull taffy

#10. - Make hot chocolate and serve it with all the toppings; whipped cream, chocolate shavings, cinnamon sticks and or course, cookies.

#11. - Cabela's - If you really need to get out of the house, take the children to see the animals at Cabela's!

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