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Heather A Wood   
Friday, 12 February 2010
Saving Money Tips - The Best Things in Life Are FreeWhere have you been when you have had the happiest moments of your life? What do you think of when you reflect back on happy childhood memories? Where were you when you had the best times? What were you and your family doing? Often the happiest times that people can remember are the days when quality time was spent with family members / friends.

I can think back to many occasions when I experienced wonderful family fun and guess what they were times such as being on a family picnic beside the river, walking along the foreshore looking at soldier crabs and going for a walk in blustery winds in the country with my parents and grand parents. These are some of the times that are cherished and remembered dearly by me.

These occasions have one thing in common. I was spending quality time with my family and best of all these times didn't cost any money. The laughs and joys that families and friends can share does not have to be during times when large sums of money are being spent. In fact, when large amounts of money are spent on entertainment and the like, this often causes stresses and tension and no one really enjoys themselves and relaxes completely.

So, what are some activities that you can do with your family and friends that you don't have to spend loads of money on? How can you spend quality time with your family without having to reach for the wallet and pull out large bills? To get you thinking about what you can do, here is a list of activities to consider that are likely to be cherished and remembered for many years to come:

  • Go for a picnic by a river
  • Take a walk along the foreshore of the bay
  • Watch the waves crash on to a rocky shore
  • Go for a bushwalk and have a BBQ lunch
  • Organise a group sporting activity - football / cricket etc
  • Go for a pushbike ride in a park
  • Have sundowners - take afternoon snacks and drinks, and watch the sun set
  • Watch the sun rise from the mountains - take a picnic breakfast and watch the world wake
  • Go camping and experience the out of doors
  • Take a ride in the country and have afternoon tea
  • Buy an ice-cream at the beach
  • Walk through a pine forest
  • Swim in a mountain stream
  • Walk around a lake
  • Look for sea creatures in some rock pools
  • Go bird watching at your local nature reserve
  • Watch some planes fly into your local airport (boys love this one!)
  • Visit your local museum / art gallery
  • Go snorkelling
  • Walk through your botanical gardens and smell the flowers
  • Play games with your children
  • Go for a walk playing head / tails - heads take the left hand road, tails take the right hand road
  • Organise a scavenger hunt where you write a list of items everyone has to find during a walk
  • Take the children to your local play ground / swings
  • Visit a PYO (pick your own) farm - strawberries / apples etc
  • Watch the stars and find your favourite constellations
  • Take a night walk in the forest with a torch and try and spot animals / wildlife
  • Teach your children / grand children to cook
  • Get into geo-caching - treasure hunting for all ages
  • Go to your local library
  • Volunteer at a local bush care group / church / nursing home / soup kitchen etc
  • Collect sea shells from the beach (girls love this one!)
  • Go on a board walk among the mangroves / swamps
  • Look at the clouds and find shapes
  • Look for wild flowers in the country
  • Grow a garden together - vegetables / herbs / natives etc

As they say, the best things in life are free. Why not embrace it and get out there and experience life.

Detective Heather Wood is Managing Director and writer for Money Detective Pty Ltd. Money Detective can help you with all of your money troubles. From our website full of factual information and articles, to our one on one personal money coaching, Money Detective can help you with all aspects of money management for you and your family. Sign up for our Newsletter today and get yourself 6 free Money Clues, To discover more ways you can save money on entertainment visit our Saving Money Tips section of our website,

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