Friday, May 12, 2017

Frugal Family Fun Games

Back when I was growing up, my brother and sister were older than me, and one of the last things they wanted to do was play board games with their younger sister. 

I tried to play games with my Mom, but she wasn't interested either. She did buy me games that I could play alone like Perfection, Yahtzee, and Solitaire was good as well. What I really wanted back then was to someone to play games with.  

These days my daughter and I enjoy playing both board and card games. Some of our favorites card games are Spot It, Moose in the House, and Slamwich. While some of our favorite board games are Monopoly and Life. 

Playing games together is fun, allows you to spend time together with family engaging with each other while talking and laughing together.That is more fun to me than sitting in a room together while everyone does their own thing.

When you stay home and play games you are not out and about spending any money. And, you are not putting wear and tear on your car. 

One thing board games teach children is how to manage their money and not to spend everything they have. Monopoly is a great game for this as it teaches them not to spend all their money on one thing likes houses, because they may land on a space where they have to pay taxes and with no money they'd be hurting just like in real life. 

Playing games is also good for your mental health as people who engage in mentally stimulating activities are less likely to develop dementia later on in life and studies show it even helps to improve your memory. 

My daughter and I have a wish list on Amazon of both board and card games that we would like to own someday. 

We lucked out the other day at a yard sale and found Ticket to Ride, a board game that sells for $32.00, for only $3.00. We were so tickled to find that and at such a great price. :)

~ Living within our Means ~


  1. My siblings and I whiled away many a long, hot summer afternoon playing board games. At times our cousin would come over and we'd play Monopoly until 2 a.m.

    When my daughter was about two and a half I brought out that old standby, Candy Land. As she grew, we played hours and hours and hours with games like Parcheesi, Yahtzee, Uno and Scrabble. It was fun, and it WASN'T television.

    Now that she's an adult, she does a lot of Sudoku.

    1. That is so great, Donna. We also spend a lot of time on board games and it's great that is's not television. :)

  2. I just found your blog. I have been reading the archives. Love every single thing you post. I ran across one of your posts talking about how you used to be on the AOL boards. I was a regular poster too. I remember Carol from CT too. I swear I remember you. I always tell everyone the AOL Frugal boards were my Internet first family. I can't remember my screen name anymore. I was DeeAnn on the board with the Hello Kitty sig you all used to tease me about. Sorry for the long reply, but I was just so happy to see one of the AOL Frugal Girls again.

    1. Thank you so much. I remember you from the board too. Seems like it was so long ago. It's so great to hear from you. I hope you'll keep in touch. The board was a terrific place. :)

  3. I came to visit from Creative Savv. Nice to meet you! I love family games, too. I think it's a great way to exercise one's brain. I love Ticket to Ride, also 10 Days in the USA and Struggle for Catan. Your blog looks lovely. Jen @ Healthfulsaver

    1. It's nice to meet you too, healthfulsaver. So glad to meet someone who loves to play games too. Do you read The Simple Dollar blog? Trent loves games and talks about them from time to time on there.


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