First Person: Our Winter Activity Budget Is $75

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With the holidays around the corner, it is time to start planning all of the fun winter activities. Unfortunately for families like ours, there is always more fun than there is money. This year we have decided to do four things with the kids, and only spend $75. These are the winter activities we have planned, and how much each will cost us.

Lights at the zoo

We have a yearly membership to the local zoo. We have unlimited admission all year long, which includes special events they offer during Halloween and Christmas. This year we will be taking both boys to see the lights and the animals. We plan to pack our own lunch and bring drinks with us. Avoiding eating in the zoo will save us at least $30. We will have $20 with us to allow for a snack or to see one of the shows offered. This will be a busy day, and it won't put a dent into our budget.

Build-a-snowman day

This will happen when we have enough snow on the ground, and it looks like this year will be a good year to do it. I plan to buy a hat, buttons, and other small items a snowman would need to accessorize himself with at the local thrift store. My budget for this project is $10, and I am sure I will be able to find spectacular items to use.

Breakfast with Santa

The area we live in offers "breakfast" with Santa for children of all ages. There is a fee of $5 per child, and they get to eat while waiting to tell Santa what they want for Christmas. This year only my toddler will attend, which means the activity will only cost $5.

Day after Christmas shopping

This has been a tradition for our family for many years. The day after Christmas is when you can find huge savings and return everything you didn't like. The boys both get money for Christmas, and this is when we allow our oldest to pick out what he wants. Lunch is on the agenda, and sometimes we stop for a donut if we are still out mid-afternoon. The day usually costs around $40, not including the money from Christmas we spend.

We don't have an extremely large budget for doing extra things, but we plan on having a wonderful winter with our children. For $75, we are going to be able to do a few fun things and enjoy the season without sacrificing anything at all.

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