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Family Outings are a fun way to bond as a family but they can be expensive.  As a mom of 8 kids, I know how expensive it can be to take your family out to the movies, out to eat, or other family activities.  But if my family can save money on family outings yours can too!  There are a lot of ways to save but here are my 5 best ways to family outings.

Secrets to Save On Family Outings

Secrets to Save On Family Outings:

  1. Dollar Movies – The dollar movie theaters are a great option to save money on going out to the movies.  For a family of 10 like mine, we can spend $75 at the big theaters for one movie or you can spend $15 at the dollar movie.  (We usually get snacks.)  Most of the movies in the big theaters come to the dollar theaters.
  2. Use Amazon Local, Groupon, Living Social etc – You can often save 50% or more with certificates from Amazon Local, Groupon or Living Social.  My family is on the way to the American Ninja Warrior course in our city.  We saved $56 on the cost of admission for our family by getting a groupon deal.  There are deals on everything from skating, eating out, local entertainment and much more.  The deals change all the time so I try to check every few weeks to see what they have available.
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  3. Eat before you go out – Just like you should never go shopping hungry, you should never go out with your family hungry.  When you are hungry it is so much easier to buy expensive extra treats.  Unless you are going out to eat, try to have a nutritious, filling meal before you go so that you can make better choices about how you spend your money while you are out.
  4. Get Family Memberships – If you go to any venue multiple times per year, annual memberships will save you money.  With a family of 5 or more you usually spend more money paying to go 3 times than you would with an annual family pass.  We always get annual passes to the zoo, the aquarium, and others.  Once we have the memberships, I find that we go more often and at no extra cost.  It is nice to feel like you can go to a family favorite spot whenever you want.
  5. Ask about group discounts – A lot of places have group discounts available.  If you don’t have a big family like mine, you can go out with other families and get the group discount.  My kids love to go places with our friends and the discounts make going out as a family much more affordable.

Those are just some of the things I do to save on family outings.  I would love to hear some of your ideas for saving money on family nights out.


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Hi I’m Heather, a busy, happy and very frugal mom of 8 amazing kids! My journey to become a mom of 8 has been a bumpy one that has included infertility, being a foster parent, adoption, and special needs parenting. I share the things I've learned raising my big unique family.

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  1. As a family of 7, I can totally relate! I struggle between making amazing memories for the kids and saving some pennies. I think this list is a GREAT middle ground. I will definitely use this tips in the future.

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    1. It is such a challenge especially with big families because it can add up so fast.

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  2. These are great ideas! I never thought about eating before you go, but that is genius. Food is so expensive at an event or venue. I definitely like to bring our own snacks wherever we go. I’m guilty of bringing some into movies!

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    1. Eating before is such a helpful thing and snacks really help too.

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  3. Amazing tips! I love the one about never go out hungry. As a mom of small ones, I would add that taking snacks with you (if possible) is also a great idea. It’s amazing how fast the hunger monster strikes in kids 🙂

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  4. Thanks for the tips. I’ll have to look into the dollar movies… We always bring food with us. It always saves lots of money and time. Plus kiddos are pretty picky and usually don’t like the food or order more than what they can eat. Yes… eat before you leave or bring the food with you. I love large purses for movie days. 🙂 Candy from the store is much cheaper than candy from the movies.

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    1. Dollar movies are really great. They are all second run but most movies I don’t mind waiting.

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  5. Great tips! We usually always eat before going to the movies or I’ll pick up some inexpensive snacks at Dollar Tree to take with me in my purse. 🙂

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    1. I am amazed how expensive snacks are at the movies.

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  6. Great tips! Having a big family can break the bank!

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    1. Yes it can but you can do fun things without breaking the bank when you work at it.

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  7. These are such great ideas! I come from a family of 8 kids so I totally understand the costs involved with trying to have a family day.

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    1. It really adds up quickly.

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  8. These are all great ideas! Our family will go out for dinner on Tuesdays at a local Mexican Restaurant kids eat for $.99 and my hubby and I will split an appetizer. Anyway to stretch that dollar!!

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    1. That’s a great deal!

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  9. I really need to eat before going out! That is a guilty pleasure of mine that could really save me money!

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    1. It does help a lot.

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  10. Great tips! I don’t have a family but it is my fiance and I, and I think these tips are great for just two of us. I like the thought of getting family memberships, we are starting to take more advantage of this and it is amazing how much it saves.

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    1. It is important to save no matter how big your family is and it’s great that you’re learning that now!

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  11. I love these tips! Snacks are a big one for us. It’s so much easier to reach in my purse and grab a granola bar than spend $6 to get something half as nutritious!

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    1. Yes I agree!

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  12. Great tips. It’s so expensive to raise kids and it’s just getting worse. Everything you can do to save money is great! Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks.

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  13. These are actually really great ideas and reminders! We still have two that are two and under, but even eating before you go out can save on wasted, unwanted food. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Two under two is busy!

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  14. Great tips! Why is that even when I have snacks packed my kiddos STILL want to eat what is there. Probably because I don’t do much sugar so I am no fun. I always love your tips!

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    1. LOL Melissa I can totally relate. I don’t bring a lot of fun snacks either.

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  15. Great tips! We love the dollar movies during the summer. And such a great reminder to not go out when you’re hungry.

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    1. Dollar movies are such a life saver.

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  16. This is a great post espcially for a large family saving is key while ensuring that the kids enjoy themselves thank you

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    1. You’re welcome.

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  17. I love this rule: “Just like you should never go shopping hungry, you should never go out with your family hungry.” So true! If you leave hungry, everyone will get grumpy at one point, and that’s no fun! Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Yes good rule to follow!

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  18. We always eat before we go out! So much cheaper!

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    1. We usually do and the times we don’t we sure know it!

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