For the past year we have had zero money to do much of anything in the entertainment department. We did receive a gift card from someone at Christmas so went to the movies on that, but generally there just isn't anything extra. However, we've been able to find our own entertainment and still have fun.
We have tons of board games and used to play them a lot when the kids were younger. We've been dusting them off lately and starting to play more often. Emily and I have been playing a game of chess each night after dinner.
She took great pleasure in beating me last night.
The nice thing about games is that you are actually interacting with each other instead of just staring at a screen.
The boys aren't the biggest fan of them anymore but Stephen does like a rousing game of Scrabble. I think it's mostly so he can show off his vocabulary. He spent more time pouring over the dictionary than playing the game!
This probably isn't everyone's idea of a good time, but when your funds are limited it's a way to have fun! If you add a bowl of popcorn and hot chocolate to go with it, it's even better. :-)
Some other entertainment ideas that we like to do that cost nothing are:
* Free museums
* Nature trails
* Our local park has an ice skating rink (now we just need skates) LOL!
When you put your mind to it, you can find plenty to do and not spend a ton doing it!
Are there any frugal entertainment ideas that you have?