Planning a family evening at home may cost a little or cost a lot depending on what your family fun involves. Explore your options as you work through decisions about the frequency of your evenings at home, your family's proposed activities, the associated costs and the ways to make this happen within your budget.
Set the Budget Requirement
Plan your family evening either weekly or monthly, depending on your goals. Designate the dollar amount you feel you need for an adequately-funded
evening. Consider what fun activities would keep your clan happy. Now you should have a relatively good idea how much money you need for your family-evening-at-home budget item. Finally, find your money source. Hint: You either increase your income or decrease an existing expense.
Increase Your Income to Balance the Budget
Spend Less to Balance the Budget
Not willing to get that second job? You can still budget your family evening at home by finding something in your existing budget that you can eliminate. It may be spending less on home decor, groceries, clothing or maybe you can nix your existing date night with your spouse. It doesn't really matter what you cut from your existing budget. Just cut something you can live without in favor of your new goal -- a family evening at home.