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Cost-Free (and TV-free) Activities to Do with Your Children!

Happy Monday and Happy Cinco de Mayo all!

I am honored to be guest posting today on Money Saving Mom® (one of my favorite budgeting, homemaking, & household economy blogs!)

In past guest posts I’ve contributed for Crystal’s awesome site, I have typically shared a budget-friendly recipe since cooking is kinda my “thing”… but today the post I wrote is not a food post.  It is actually about how I spend my day as a stay-at-home mommy!


Cost-Free and TV-Free Activities for Kids!

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I wrote about this topic because I get a surprising number of questions that are all variations of this one:

“What the heck do you do with Elsa during the day?”

This question is usually asked after someone finds out that A) We stick to such a low budget and B) We have chosen not to use movies or television as a part of her life just yet.   (Yes, that’s right!  Elsa doesn’t watch TV or movies!  And neither do we, while she’s awake.  Mind you, I am not against TV…in fact I love it!  I simply don’t think it’s beneficial to young children… at least not beneficial enough to outweigh the significant down-sides. Because of this I also feel personally convicted to avoid/limit my own TV watching while she’s awake.  There are so many better things I could be doing to engage and love on her during these precious, fleeting years.)

So those conversations with other mommies inspired this post on “Cost-Free and TV-Free Activities I Do with my Kids!”  I hope it’s a blessing and and encouragement to you.  Head on over to MSM to read the full post!

Also, I’d love for you to come back here and leave a comment telling me some favorite cost-free and TV-free activities for your family!  I’d love to try them, as long as they aren’t too ambitious, haha. 😉

Lots of Love,

Carissa, Elsa, and Baby Ava :)



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One Response so far.

  1. Lori says:

    Hi Carissa!

    This was a great article :)! I try to limit television a lot, but the article did inspire me to accept the idea that incorporating my little one into my everyday task is “enough”. It easy to feel like a big orchestration is needed to be doing enough as a mom. So long as she is happy and learning, time with me should be enough ;). Thanks for the article! Here is my question: I know you do a lot of cooking from your $200 a month budget. Does your family eat out at all during the month? Do you set a budget for it or is it rare? Also, did you say you shop every 10 days (3 times a month) or every week?