If you walk through the game aisle at your local superstore, you may get the impression that your board games just aren’t cool if you don’t update them every few years. Game night can get expensive if you buy a new game every week! Use these tips during your next game night to save your budget.
Snacks and drinks
If you order pizza or Chinese in, you’re looking at a minimum of $20 to $30. Instead, make pizza together as a family or just pop in some frozen pizzas. Make a pitcher of Kool-Aid or open a two-liter of your favorite pop and you have dinner on the cheap. You and your kids can make cookies or brownies before game night for a nice little treat. A bonus: you get more great family time this way.
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There are plenty of games that you can play for free with your family! Simon Says is a popular one for young children, as are hide and seek, charades, and 20 questions. With a pad of paper and some homemade cards, you can even whip up your own version of Pictionary. Some games, like Cards Against Humanity, have free cards for you to print out.
Card games tend to be much less expensive than board games. If you’re playing with kids, grab games like Old Maid, Go Fish, and Uno. With older kids and adult children, you can try games with a plain old deck of cards.
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Swap games with another family
You probably have lots of family friends who are sick to death of their collection of board games. Arrange some trades and it’ll be like you both have completely new game collections! If you have a wide circle of friends, you can trade every few weeks to always keep your game collection fresh.
Yard sales are a great place to find cheap games. Many times you might even find ones that are essentially brand new. If the are open just make sure to check for all the pieces.
What game is a staple of your family’s game night? How often do you get your family around the table for a game?
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