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9 Frugal Family & Date Night Ideas!

2020 is in full swing and so are New Year’s Resolutions! For many people, saving money and spending more time with family & friends are on that list. Research says one of the top five New Year’s Resolutions is saving money and also one of the most commonly failed.  Here at Launch, we’re always thinking of ways to save our members money which is why we’ve outlined a few frugal family & date night ideas to keep you on track with your financial resolutions.

Go Fishing

Two men fishing on the beach at sunset

We can go fishing year-round  in sunny and warm Florida so take advantage of it! A fishing license is inexpensive and easy to obtain. This is a simple way to connect with family or friends and soak up sunshine at the same time. If you’re stumped on where to go then check out this list of places.

Watch a Launch

Watching a rocket blast off across the river.

We are on the Space Coast after all. Kennedy Space Center has a list of upcoming rocket launches.

Serve Your Community

A hand picking up an empty plastic bottle on the beach at sunset

Help your community by serving at a soup kitchen, animal shelter, or beach cleanup. This isn’t only a bonding activity, but a way to give back to the community you live in without spending money. If you live in Brevard County check out Everything Brevard  for different organizations in the area. If you live in Volusia County, check out Volusia County Moms.

Play Board Games

A board game with white, black, red, and blue pieces.

Dust off those childhood games and teach your kids or partner how to WIN the good ole fashioned way. This is a great way to spend a “technology free night.”

Attend Free Events

A notebook with a pen laying ontop and coffee next to it | Upcoming Events.

There are always events going on and sometimes they’re free! From craft fairs, to Turtle Talks, and restaurant Trivia Night; free events are all around us. Take advantage of one!  Brevard County, check out Visit Space Coast for a calendar of events and Volusia County, check out Volusia.com.

Make Your Own Cooking Class

Find a recipe, buy the ingredients, and set up a cooking studio in your kitchen. Create dinner together with your significant other and/or children. Be sure to pick a recipe neither of you have made before. Cooking Light has some great family friendly recipes to try together.

Watch a Movie and Taste Test

A film reel and movie clap board.

Rent a movie from Redbox or pick a few on a streaming service. You can also borrow movies from your local public library. For your taste test, choose an easy food everyone likes and buy different brands. For example, buy different brands or toppings of pizza to try and vote on the best one at the end of the night. Brevard County Library Resources and Volusia County Library Resources

Backyard Campout

Two marshmellows roasting in a fire.

Set up the tents and start the fire! This is a fun one for kids and can also be a break for the parents. Bring out your pillows, blankets, and chairs for a night under the stars where you can roast marshmallows and tell stories.

Start A Potluck Meal

A table of food and someone holding a bowl.

Invite your friends over for a group meal where each person brings a different dish. This is a cheaper version of meeting at a restaurant to catch up. Taste of Home has a huge list of potluck ideas.

Try one or all of these frugal family & date night ideas! If saving more money is on your mind, check out our financial education resources.You can also stop by any of our Launch branches or call us so we can help you achieve your financial goals.

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