Fall is a busy time as school activities get in full swingAlthough, busy families can take time to enjoy fun activities together without breaking their budgets. Enjoy the colorful outdoors for free As leaves change from green to red or gold, fall brings changes in outdoor colors for us to enjoy.
By: Luella Morehouse, NDSU Extension Services, The Jamestown Sun
Although, busy families can take time to enjoy fun activities together without breaking their budgets.
Enjoy the colorful outdoors for free
As leaves change from green to red or gold, fall brings changes in outdoor colors for us to enjoy.
Take a walk in a park. Bring a picnic lunch, a blanket to sit on and a Frisbee. Adults need 30 minutes of moderate daily physical activity, such as walking. Children need 60 minutes.
Have fun raking leaves as a family. Raking counts as physical activity.
Save money when eating out
Eating out can fit most people’s budgets once in awhile. Many restaurants have increased their prices, however, because food prices have increased. Try these cost-saving tips.
Take advantage of “two for one” deals or “kids eat free” specials. Watch for coupons, too.
Share a meal or have an appetizer as your main course.
Have water as your beverage.
Get “two meals for one.” Order a to-go box with your meal and put half of your meal in the box. You will save calories and have lunch for the next day.
Watch movies for less
Going out to a movie with a family can be expensive, especially if you stop at the concession stand for treats. Matinees are often less expensive, and some cities have discount theaters.
Consider having regular “home movie nights” with these ideas:
* Compare prices of video/DVD rentals. Some libraries have them available for free checkout.
* Enjoy some popcorn, a whole-grain snack. Sprinkle it lightly with seasoned salt or parmesan cheese instead of drenching it in butter.
* Set out a bowl of fruits and/or veggies with low-fat dip to munch on during the movie.
For more information on this topic visit www.ag. ndsu.edu/foodwise or contact Luella Morehouse, FNP Education Assistant, NDSU Extension Service/Stuts-man County, 116 1/2 First Street East, Jamestown, ND. Morehouse may be reached at 252-9030 or luella.morehouse@ ndsu.edu.