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If you’re like most people, you’re probably trying to save money these days, by eating out less, cutting coupons and putting off big-ticket item purchases.
That also means you might stay home for spring break this year, because you simply can’t spend the money. The good news is that you and your kids can still enjoy a fun spring break at home.
You’ve heard of the “staycation,” and here are  some ideas for yours.

What about a backyard camping; set up tents in the backyard and have a backyard camping trip! Pack up your sleeping bags, fire up the grill, and grab a couple of flashlights and lawn chairs.
Don’t let anyone back in the house -- except to use the bathroom, of course. And leave your laptops, cell phones and handheld games behind. Remember, you’re camping.
For dinner, have a cookout on the grill, and don’t forget the s’mores for dessert.
Once night sets in, organize some games with the kids. Try flashlight tag, tell ghost stories and even play board games by candlelight.
Be creative!
If you can, invite some of the neighbors and their kids over to camp as well. The more, the merrier.
If thats not enought, well you can have A Day at the Movies. Plan your movie
marathon beforehand. Will it have
 a theme, like alien movies or slapstick comedies?
Or will each family member get to
choose a favorite film?
Since you’re on
 “staycation”, you could even choose movies that feature family vacations.

Then, go Hollywood for the day. Set up a red carpet in the TV room (you can use a red vinyl tablecloth). Hang up stills of classic movies and actors. Dress up as your favorite movie star or character and take “red carpet” photos of each other. To kick off the movie, toast each other with sparkling juice or cider. Settle in with lots of pillows and comfy seating. And don’t forget the popcorn.

Until tomorrow: The cheapest way to have fun is to be with the ones you love.


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