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Take Advantage of Your Community Resources to Save Money

January 4th, 2013 Personal Finance

Just because you're trying to lessen your spending doesn't mean you can't have a great time with your family. In fact, you may be surprised just how many family fun activities are available that won't cost you a dime. If you've been looking for something to do on a weekend afternoon, check your local newspaper or community website - there are plenty of great ways to keep you busy, the majority of which may be free or close to it.

Perhaps the easiest way to go about figuring out what's happening in your neck of the woods is to head to the Internet and search for your local Parks and Recreation Department - these websites can be filled with notices about free upcoming events throughout your community. If there's nothing happening in your town, check to see what's going on in the nearby area. A neighboring community may have something great taking place. Another option is to try to get your hands on as many local newspapers as possible.

Don't forget to pay attention to bulletin boards in municipal buildings and stores - there are many great activities taking place all the time that may not be advertising as well as they should. You may even find a fantastic event advertised on a telephone pole!

It may be a good idea to keep a small notebook to jot down anything worthwhile that crosses your path. You only need to find one activity that appeals to you and your family, and the more you collect, the easier it will be to decide on something as a group.