Saving money is probably on the top of really everybody’s list of priorities, but it’s easier said than done. What with all the television and radio ads, banners on websites and roadside billboards seen on your way to work, it often seems as if we can’t go for more than ten minutes without being pressured into spending hard-earned money.
Whether you’re saving for something big such as a house or your child’s education, or just looking to have extra dollars in your pocket, you can get a head start with the following helpful ideas for saving lunchtime money.
Teaching children that exercise can be fun.
Get your children to put away the X-Box controller, leave the cell phone behind, and spend more time on healthy outdoor activity. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive swing sets and jungle gyms. With a little creativity, there are plenty of outdoor games that your child can play and – best of all – won’t cost you a penny.
The heart of Mother’s Day is family togetherness. This makes it all-important to find an activity that the whole family can enjoy, while making mom the focus. So what’s the best way to accomplish both? Take the group outside to work on a project that will honor mom – and Mother Nature.
Perhaps you remember playing outside all day – building forts, making up games, and exploring the backyard or neighborhood park with your friends – until you were called in for dinner. During the last 20 years, what used to be a childhood reality has changed. Today’s children spend less than half as much time playing outdoors as they used to. That boils down to less than 10 minutes per day during the week and less than 30 minutes on weekends, according to research from the University of Michigan.
It seems as if outdoor play time may have been overtaken by indoor screen time. The average child spends more than seven hours a day using electronic devices such as TVs, smart phones and computers. It’s time to take the family back outside. Here are five great ways to do it:
Think spring, and flowers immediately come to mind. From crocuses and pansies to tulips and lilacs, spring brings a bounty of color to our winter-weary lives.
Flowers are the inspiration, as well as the raw material, for some fun art projects. For example, you can use pressed flowers to personalize items such as cards, soaps and candles. You don’t even need a green thumb. A little patience and imagination will spring your creation to life.
These dried flower art projects will ensure your family has a “scentsational” spring: