Children are naturally frugal, simple beings. They crave food, shelter, and loving attention. Pretty basic.
As adults, we tend to complicate our kids’ lives unnecessarily, which can easily lead to overspending on them. We’re the ones who give them
- too many choices (a room full of toys or a closet full of clothes)
- too many scheduled activities (because mom and dad get bored at home)
- too much stimulation (tv and computer on all day)
And with the tv stimulation comes commercial viewing. And with commercial viewing comes… I know you know… a big case of the wantsies.
My frugal advice? Follow their lead. Find joy and entertainment in your surroundings. Encourage creative play with what you already have available.
- scoop up some fun with recycled pop bottles
- make a batch of homemade playdough
- hook up the sprinkler
- make a fort in the living room with pillows and blankets
- clean out the pantry and let their imagination run wild
- read a favorite book and act out the story
- break out the imagination box
- create a new game from an old favorite
Kids don’t have to have expensive stuff or a full social calendar to be happy. Let them create. Let them play. Let them be.