Well, that’s where we are right now. With January, February, and March being very eventful, it’s time for us to step back from spending, do some spring cleaning, plan for the summer months, and work on some other goals.
So, if you are anything like us and need a quick reset, I have carefully thought through 44 Things to Do During a Family No Spending Month. I have also kept in mind family fun, learning, exploring, and both personal and professional development.
Including each of these topics will ensure that you feel productive throughout the month, as well accomplished once your No Spending Month is up.
In addition to this, this list also includes enough activities and events so that you don’t feel as if you have deprived yourself or your family in any way.
44 Things to Do During a Family No Spending Month
- Eat Sunday breakfast outside. Set the patio table and make it cute!
- Take a free class online to add to your resume and update your skills. I personally like Alison and Hubspot. They offer an amazing variety of up to date courses, assessments, and certificates of completion.
- Make your own laundry detergent and do laundry.
- Send random tokens of appreciation. For example, Did you tell your neighbor thank you for getting that package from the UPS carrier for you?
- Host a Family Board Game Night.
- Make a free appointment to meet with a Money Mentor or Financial Advisor to discuss creating a budgeting, saving for college, and or retirement.
- Talk about the summer and make summer plans including vacations, staycations, visiting relatives, camps, summer school, part-time jobs, etc.
- Take a free community yoga class or participate in free open swim.
- Have a family photo shoot using your own camera/timer/tripod. Or, have a family member or friend take the photos free of charge.
- Have a family reading night, but get creative. For example, everyone could read on their own, or choose an audiobook and listen to it together and discuss.
- Go play outside. Get out those drones, bikes, and sporting equipment for active play.
- Discuss post high school plans with your children.
- Encourage at-home family play with children such as helping them learn a new skill such as typing, creating a sensory bin, or even a puppet show.
- Have a movie marathon. Get out the old VHS or screen projector, if you have them.
- Create or redo a wall gallery in your home.
- Have a vision board and goal setting night as a family. Discuss individual goals, as well as family goals. I bet you will learn how to encourage and connect with each other in new ways.
- Create a family Youtube channel.
- Organize printed photos.
- Cook a new dinner recipe using ingredients you already have.
- Write letters/cards and send them to distant friends/relatives.
- Put the kids to bed earlier and have a romantic evening indoors or curl up together and watch Netflix.
- Host a weekend dance/karaoke night. Invite a few close relatives and/or friends.
- Rest and Relax. Do nothing.
- Have a family picnic at a local park. Keep the meal simple. Focus on the memories you are creating.
- Grill your dinner and eat outside instead of cooking in the kitchen.
- Wash all hair brushes, combs, and makeup brushes.
- Spend the day at a local museum/park and take tons of photos using a combination of cameras that you have on hand.
- Have a Gamer Night and play all those new games your children love so much.
- Volunteer at a local nursing home by simply visiting with the residents. Many residents don’t have families.
- Encourage everyone to go and workout or take a family walk or bike ride together.
- Download and print photos from your phone.
- Clean all of the bedroom closets in the house.
- Organize and/or donate unwanted items from the bedroom closets.
- Invite friends/family over for tea.
- Brainstorm ideas for your next five dates with your significant other.
- Prepare and hang clothes & accessories for the upcoming week.
- Brainstorm and write out a gift list and budget for the year including birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, etc.
- Update resumes, cover letters, and/or portfolios.
- Spend a Saturday exploring places in your community that you’ve never been. Take photos and journal the experience.
- Clean each bathroom and take inventory of needed supplies and/or repairs.
- Clean the kitchen and take inventory of needed supplies and/or repairs.
- Cook breakfast for dinner.
- Document each day’s accomplishments and challenges to prepare for your next No Spending Month.
- Plan out your next No Spending Month!
Well, there you have it, 44 Things to Do for a Family No Spending Month.
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