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Open House: Keeping Costs Down and Fun Levels High

I've been taking some steps to try to cut back household expenses. Some of my friends, who've recently been laid off are employing similar tactics.

Sure, the going-out-on-the-town budget has shrunk, but I'm gaining more quality time with my friends and family. For instance, instead of going out to dinner and a late movie the other night, my friends and I opted to make food together, and then play board games at home. Not only did we have a great time cooking and hanging out, but we had more fun at home than we would have in a loud restaurant. Since then, I've been playing board games, such as Scrabble, at least a few times a week.

While other strategies such as planning affordable meals in and keeping the thermostat turned down are effective and practical, the new board-game nights are my favorite way of economizing. They don't use electricity, are cost efficient (you can pick up additional games at garage sales or borrow from friends), and provide a lot more family interaction than movies do.

Have you found any fun ways to economize?


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