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We do family things almost every weekend and alternate between low cost or free things like BBQ at the beach, community fair for kids or 4wding to the river to kayak (under $50)
and medium cost things like the aquarium, an amusement park or camping which ends up costing a bit even though it doesn't sound like it would (under $100).
This weekend we took quad bikes to the beach, it cost about $40 in fuel and we had a picnic lunch.
Every now an then we will plan and do higher cost things like weekends away to theme parks or shows or city shopping trips & then we also take 2 x domestic holidays and 2 x international holidays in a year if we can get good deals.
Weekends in winter we don't do much. But in summer it's a beach day BBQ and fishing, or overnight camping, or used to be bush walking/"hiking" but I'm pregnant now and it's too hard for me to walk up hills 😂. Money spent is on food and fuel, and if we're broke that week, packed lunches.
At the moment we only do cheap/free things. Plays at the park, walks, visit family, fish and chips down the beach, bowling, beach for a play in the sand, pools for a swim etc.
Sometimes we will do an expensive thing - like go to the movies, out for lunch, shopping, visit the playplace etc. But those things usually end up with our youngest having a meltdown because he won’t sit still or listen since he is only just 2. We save those things for if we only take our eldest or if he’s in a really good mood.
We are a family of 4. Chelas things usually $20-$30. Expensive things easily $100-$150 depending on if we have vouchers, or memberships to the place.
We allow $150 a fortnight for fun stuff outside of the budget. Sometimes we decide to stay in and save that money for something special or we go out for lunch or to the movies.
We used to do heaps on weekends but now hubby works opposite days to me so he's at work on weekends now 😔
We try to choose lots of picnicy,bbqs, camping, fishing. And try not to spend up too much
Our weekends are pretty busy and we try to do a mix of activities that vary in cost. We do a lot of picnics or bbqs. Free or low cost activities that we do include going to the zoo (Our zoo is free), going to the Art Gallery, go to the beach, the pool, park, go to the dam/ creek to kayak, fishing, bushwalking, movie night, bike riding, go to the skate park, activities at our local library, go to the water park, we play board games and darts at home too.
We try to go to a lot of our local events like Eat st markets, music festivals, food festivals, River Festivals etc and these activities can be quite pricy..usually upwards of $100. Some other more costly activities that we do are play putt putt golf, go bowling, go to the movies, play laser tag, go to the golf driving range, go shopping, go out for breakfast/ lunch/ dinner, go to the rodeo, go to funzone, go watch sporting events, musicals/ plays or shows at the theatre.
Five of us on one income which really limits us. But if we go out it always costs over $100
I aim for one day in and one day out generally speaking, the ‘day in’ might still include a walk to the park or the dog park or something like that which is free, we use the day in to veg, cook, clean and just kinda unwind. For the day out it could be anything from visiting family, which would include beach visits and playground visits or other free-ish activitys, i usually spend about $50 for food etc wether we do a pic nic or buy something out, i live in the city so there is pretty much something always on for free or low cost. We do the beach a lot too..: Generally speaking a day out costs us $50-$100 .... Although i would say at least half of our weekends are pretty much free for us.