Labor Day is the perfect time for families to hang out and have fun while summer is still upon us. But it's not always easy on the family budget to have a big Labor Day adventure. If you're looking for a family-friendly activity that doesn't cost an arm and a leg, consider these traditional activities with a frugal twist.
Backyard Barbecue with a Frugal Twist
My husband and I love to have people over for a cookout in our backyard, but it can get costly to provide food for a bunch of people. Instead, have a themed potluck and ask your guests to bring their favorite summer dish. Or try hosting a somewhat less expensive Labor Day meal: breakfast.
Shopping Trip with a Frugal Twist
What one word is synonymous with Labor Day? Shopping. But sometimes, even sale prices are a little hard on the budget. Instead of going out and shopping, try coordinating a Labor Day clothes exchange for your kids. Have each kid bring along a couple of outfits or accessories they're willing to part with. The kids will get new-to-them outfits to wear, a lesson in sharing, and some time to socialize.
Camping with a Frugal Twist
Families often flood campsites on Labor Day - a last family fling before summer comes to an end - but the cost of travel is nothing to sneeze at. What about camping in your own backyard? The kids will get a kick out of pitching a tent behind the house and spending some quality family time around a contained campfire. For the cost of graham crackers and marshmallows, you'll have a "family vacation" your kids will always remember.
Amusement Park with a Frugal Twist
Amusement parks are often packed to the brim on Labor Day, but the cost of admission is astronomical, and lines are usually a mile long. Instead of braving the crowds and emptying your wallet, create your own amusement park at your house. With some homemade carnival games, a Slip 'n' Slide, and some face paint, you've got a frugal twist on an amusement park for your Labor Day weekend!
Festival with a Frugal Twist
Festivals are a fun way to spend Labor Day, but after paying for admission, meals, and souvenirs, your bank account might suffer. You could have just as much fun for a lot less money hosting a festival in your own backyard. Invite your kids to showcase their musical talent for one another while they chow down a bag of popcorn and some hotdogs. Put together a little arts and crafts project and they'll even have a Labor Day souvenir to remember their "frugal festival" by.
More from this mom: