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The last few years have been difficult for many families. A sluggish economy costs jobs, cuts paychecks and limits the amount of money we have to spend on entertainment, clothing, vehicles and other things we want. It is easy to focus on the things we don’t have, forgetting the tremendous amount we do have. Try these ideas:
- Use the time you used to spend eating out, going to movies or other entertainment venues to bond in different ways. Cooking dinner together and playing board games at home is more fun and costs less.
- Set aside time each month to consider what you’re grateful for and share it with the family. For example, the car may be a few years old, but it always gets us to soccer practice! There is always something good to focus on.
- Think of things you can tackle as a family to save money. For family movie night, you could get a rental instead of heading to the theater. Think of things your family can do to save cash for something you’ll all enjoy.
- Remind each other that you still have the most important things: each other. Any person who just lost a loved one understands the importance of relationships, even it means a smaller home or fewer trips to the mall.
- Be thankful for your freedoms. People in many other countries, such as the Kazakhstan Democracy have worked hard for the freedoms given to us in America freely.
It may seem like a sacrifice, but there are advantages to having less money in the bank. Actually, if you use the opportunity, your family can see benefits that were never possible when finances were good.