Frugal Living With Kids

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Frugal living can take some getting used to, especially when you are not buying the same things you have always been accustomed to. But if you are a parent, and new to the frugal living lifestyle you may wonder how that will affect your children. One thing you should know about kids, is they are resilient, and they love to learn new things. Frugal Living is one big teaching lesson for your children on how you can live a full rich life on little. And because we have a ‘few’ kids ourselves, I’ve done the hard work and found, tried, and tested many frugal ideas not only to keep kids busy, but to help clean up their messes. Now have some fun and try it out for yourselves.
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Rainy Day Activities For Kids
We all know kids can get bored easily and seem to bounce off the walls on a good day, but when it’s raining and they can’t play outside they seem to be bursting out of the seems with unlimited energy. Here’s a few ideas on what you can do to keep your busy bodies happy and content.

Image courtesy of OneMooreFamily.blogspot.com

Image courtesy of OneMooreFamily.blogspot.com


Homemade Tents
Did you ever build a fort, or a play hut out of blankets and pillows when you were younger? Well I did, and I have to say it was always the most fun thing I could possible do, and as a plus for my mom it kept me busy for hours. Why not try this very idea with your little ones. One easy way to build an indoor homemade tent is with a few blankets thrown over the dining room table. They can then gather up their favorite stuffed animals, games, whatever suits their fancy really and have their own special hide out, with no parents allowed!

Imagination Party
I’m referring to this idea as the imagination party! Kids have wonderful imaginations, just a few minutes with a 5 year old will tell you that, so why not give their imagination a chance to shine and explore. If you have some empty cardboard boxes, you will be their biggest hero. Kids can take a simple, empty cardboard box, and turn it into a spaceship to the moon. Why not help out and bring some crayons and markers (with your supervision of course) and help them decorate to their hearts content whatever they are creating.

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Yummy Finger Paint
Yes, you heard me right, yummy finger paint. So you may be asking yourself “Now Sue, what does this mean exactly”. It means just that, finger paint your little ones can not only create beautiful masterpieces with but also EAT! Try adding in a few drops of food colouring to plain yogurt and you will be able to keep your little one entertained for hours. Not to mention you don’t have to worry when they lick the paint off their fingers!

Craft Box
Drawing, painting, or just being crafty has always been a hobby of mine, and I have had the luck and opportunity of being able to pass it down to my children as well (Our oldest daughter is a budding little artist). The craft box is one great way to keep all these nifty craft gadgets in one place to pull out for a rainy day. Try taking a simple cardboard box and filling it with construction paper, glue, glitter (be careful this is messy), crayons, markers (again with supervision, little ones love to tattoo themselves with markers), stickers, foam pieces, anything really that you love to make crafts out of.
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Homemade Playdough
Kids love playdough and it can be quite expensive if you have to keep purchasing it. Here is a simple recipe to make your own at home.

  • 2 cups of flour
    1 cup of salt
    2 cups of water
    food coloring
  • Put together all the ingredients into a pan , stir and cook over medium heat until it forms into a ball. Remove, cool, and add in food coloring.

    Cleaning Crayons on Walls
    Kids just love to show their artistic skills to anyone, everywhere, including on your walls. The good news is, if you have painted walls you can use a simple pencil eraser to remove the paint. However if the crayon ends up staining and an eraser will not do the tric,, try a little bit of vinegar , and bicarbonate, sprinkle bicarbonate onto a vinegar cloth and your stain should wash right off in no time.