Use the chart below and the tips which follow to figure out if you really need to buy something new or if you could do just as well (and maybe even better) by saving your pennies. Connection doesn’t have to be expensive.
Play More and Spend Less with these practical, simple tips.
|Expensive Old Way||Lower Cost New Way||Added Benefit of the New Way|
|Going out to movies||Make your own entertainment: sing and play music together, read aloud, play a game, create art||More connection and stronger family bonds while developing skills and imagination. Get outside. Move. Play. Do projects together.|
|Buying new clothes, toys, and tools||Shop at Thrift stores, trade with friends, and craigslist||Reusing means less trash goes in the landfills and oceans. Supporting thrift stores supports valuable charities like stray pets, addiction recovery, and epilepsy research.|
|Eating out||Make your own meals from whole ingredients||Homecooked meals are notoriously lower in fat, sugar, salt, and processed food additives helping you both feel and look better.|