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Frugal Family Activities, Vacations, Events, & Holidays | Directory

 

Thrifty ideas for inexpensive (or free) family day trips, vacations, holidays, and family events | Photo credit: MS Office

 

Thrifty ideas for inexpensive (or free) family day trips, vacations, holidays, and family events | Photo credit: MS Office

Day Trips, Restaurants, & Vacations

Where to Go for Free Camp Site Info in the United States

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Frugal Summer Vacation Travel & “Staycation” Ideas: How to Save Money, How to Have Fun with the Family on Less

Save Money on Kids at Restaurants: Denny's Kids' Night and Lone Star Steakhouse

DIY Fashion: ThreadBanger | Video Demo: How to Beat Road-trip Boredom by Making Macramé Jewelry

Chic 'n Cheap: Unique Kitchen Crafts Made with Legos

Seal Beach, California: Cheap Fun in the Sun

Herr's: Free Pennsylvania Snack Food Tour

New Series Coming Soon: Traveling in America on a "Peanut Butter Budget": Frugal Places to Visit, State by State

DIY Budget Outdoor Burner

Winter Care Tips and Precautions for Pets, People, Plants, and Possessions: Less Money, More Safety

DIY – Bicycle Selection, Care, Repair, & Security

 

Holiday Activities, Crafts, & Food

Budget Crafts: Origami & Kirigami Christmas Ornaments

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Rosh Hashanah: Frugal Recipes & Free Services for Financially Strapped Jews

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Frugal Japanese-Inspired, Eco-Friendly Christmas Candy Gift Wrap & More "Cheap but Chic" Christmas Ideas (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Holiday DIY: How-To Ideas for Frugal Homemade Christmas Ornaments & Decorations (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Christmas on a Shoestring: Frugal Origami Christmas Ornaments, Using Old Phonebooks (video)

Pine Cone Panache for the Holidays: Easy, Frugal Home Decor, Craft, and Gift Ideas Using Pine Cones

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Merry Frugal Christmas! Homemade Soup As Thrift-minded Gifts from the Heart

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Frugal Christmas Freebies: Free Christmas Music Downloads, Free Online Radio Listening to Christmas Tunes

Celebrity Recipes: Rachael Ray's Five-Minute Fudge Christmas Wreath

Christmas from Your Cupboard: Adorable Homemade Christmas Gingerbread Boy Dough Ornaments

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Winter Wonderland Deluxe Edition… Christmas Food Delights & Awesome, Frugal Holiday Recipes

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Yuletide Fab Food Friday Fotos: Beautiful Christmas Food, Drink, & Recipes Collection... Cookin' & Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes: Celebration of Awesome Autumn & Oktoberfest Food Edition, with Frugal Recipes

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes: Sweethearts’ Edition… Valentine’s Day Frugal Food & Awesome Recipe Showcase

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes: Pork & Tomatillos, New Year's Foods, Espresso Cheesecake Brownies, Red Bean, Potato & Arugula Soup, Popovers, Chicken & Couscous, Salads, New Orleans-Style BBQ Prawns, Italian Wedding Soup, Recipes, & More

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Memorial Day Edibles, Such As Grilled Ribs, Lemon-Lime Poppyseed Baby Cakes, Pulled BBQ Beef, Peach Shortcake, Creamy Chicken Taquitos, Banana Cinnamon Rolls, Greek Salad Pita, Piccata-Style Chicken & Rice, Vegan Flautas, Watermelon Rind Chutney, & More

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes: The Outdoorsy, Festive Memorial Day Food & Recipe Edition… Summer’s Here!

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes: Halloween Frugality & Fun: Pumpkin Buying & Carving Tips for Longer-Lasting, Spooky Jack-O’-Lanterns, Plus Awesome Jack-O’-Lantern Photos

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes: Deliciously Creepy Halloween Food & Thrifty Recipes Galore, Plus a Hat Tip to Foods of New Orleans

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes: Spook-tabulous Halloween Food, Drink, & Recipes Edition

Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes: Delectable Easter Foods, Ginger Chicken, Baked Mozzarella Sticks, Peach Cobbler, Fig, Walnut, & Blue Cheese Loaf, Salads, GF Mac-n-Cheese, Grilled Pork & Zucchini, Pressed Lemon Cheese, Steak with Chimichurri Sauce, More Thrifty Recipes

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes: Glorious Easter & Passover Food & Recipe Edition… Celebration!

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes — Spooky Halloween Food Edition with Frugal Recipes

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes — Halloween Edition Encore… More Awesome Photos of Spooky Goodies, Ghoulish Meals, & Halloween Recipes

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos: Awesome & Thrifty Thanksgiving Menu Ideas, Festive Tabletop Decor & Centerpieces, & Holiday Recipes Round-Up

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes: Tantalizing Thanksgiving Food Extravaganza Special… Holiday Recipes & Scrumptious Food Photos Galore

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes: Bountiful Thanksgiving Food Special… Food Photos & Frugal Holiday Recipes Edition of Turkey, Taters, Gravy, & All the Fixin’s, on the Cheap

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes — Deck the Halls... Joyous, Glorious Christmas Food, Drink, & Recipes Edition

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes — Easy, Frugal Holiday and Super Bowl Party Food, Festive Hors D'oeuvres, & Yummy Appetizers, Plus Recipes

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos and Recipes — Super-Spectacular Super Bowl Sunday Food Edition… Football Game-Noshing Ideas & Recipes for Chilis, Stews, Wings, Dips, Hors D’ouevres, Main Dishes, Snacks, & More

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos: L-O-V-E… St. Valentine’s Day Romantic Food & Recipe Edition

Frugal Café Blog Zone Cooking: Valentine's Day Cooking Lessons: How to Cook a Romantic Dinner: Pecan Chicken with Mustard and Coeur a la Creme Dessert (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Thrifty & Adorable for Valentine's Day Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner: Korean Heart-Shaped Eggs (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos & Recipes: Encore, Encore... Best of Fourth of July & Summertime Foods & Frugal Recipes

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos & Recipes: The Frugal Irish Food & St. Patrick's Day Recipes Edition… Éirinn Go Brách!

Irish & Indian Collection of Recipes & Glorious Food Photos to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day & Indian Holidays in March

Tantalizing Easter & Passover Feast Edition, with Holiday Food & Recipes

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Fab Food Friday Fotos — The Explosive Fourth of July "Salads, Salads, & More Salads" Food & Recipe Extravaganza

Budget Kid Crafts – Embroidery Floss Bracelets

Spill the Cookies: Money-Saving Cookie Swaps for Time-Strapped, Frugal Cookie Lovers

Dreaming of a Penny-Pinching Christmas

It's Not Just about the Gifts: Capture the Spirit of Christmas on a Shoestring Budget and Fight Christmas Depression

Crafts of Christmas Past... Ripped from the Glossy Pages of Saved Magazines | Directory

Crafts from Christmas Past: "Holiday Organizer and Inspiration Book"

Let's Say Thanks Program – Free Cards for Our Troops

Cakes Ready-to-Eat for Our Troops

Yuletide Reminder: Cards and Letters Mean Everything – 'Tis the Season for Writing to Our Troops

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Save Money Filling Troop Care Packages: 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Calendars, 99 Cents

Troop Support Opportunity for Children in War Zones: Beanies for Baghdad

Help Your Favorite Charity for Free: Search-Engine Clicking through GoodSearch.com Earns Money for Charities | Celebrities Give Back

Frugal & Unique Valentine's Day Gifts & Decor for the Shoestring Budget

Easter Fun Review: Bunnies in the Garden

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Common Sense & Frugality: Let's Bring Back Home Economic Classes

 

DIY Halloween & Party Costumes

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Frighteningly Frugal: Cheap & Easy DIY Halloween Costumes Pulled Together from the Goodwill Store & Your Closet, Plus Making Magic Wands (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Halloween Goes Hollywood: Awesome DIY Halloween Make-up Tutorials — "Corpse Bride," "Nightmare Before Christmas," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," & "Terminator"

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Halloween DIY Tiaras & Crowns… How to Save Money by Making Beautiful, Thrifty Costume Headpieces for the Frugal Prince or Princess (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Chic to Be Cheap… Halloween Fashion DIY: Make Your Own Fairy Wings (video)

DIY Fashion: ThreadBanger | Video Demo: Frugal Halloween Costumes | Pirate Costume

DIY Fashion: ThreadBanger Video Demo | Frugal Halloween Costumes | How to Make a Michael Jackson Costume

DIY Fashion: Grandma Dig's Video Demo: Frugal Halloween Costumes | Ghoul Robe

Video Demo: Frugal Halloween Costumes | Fabulous Wicked Witch Costume

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Frugal DIY Halloween Costumes, Politically/Socially Inspired: Balloon Boy, Illegal Alien, Bernie Madoff, Octomom, & More

 

Holiday Tributes

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Happy Hanukkah... As Well As Chanukah AND Chanucka AND Hanukah AND Chanukkah AND Xanuka

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Yom Ha’Atzmaut… Happy 63rd Birthday, Israel! (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Yuletide Memories… Four Decades of Classic & Vintage Christmas TV Commercials (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Best Memorial Day News Story: Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Welcomes New Inductee, Sgt. Holly Burke — Plus, Bio & Videos of Audie Murphy, Most Decorated WWII American Soldier

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Pre-Fourth of July Tributes: Kahn’s "American Heart," Greenwood’s "God Bless the USA," Red Skelton, & John Wayne (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Memorial Day: Remember Our Fallen Military Heroes Who Gave Their Lives for Freedom (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Billy Ray Cyrus Will Visit Troops in Iraq for Christmas

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Memorial Day: God Bless Our Troops, God Bless America, & God Bless Bob Hope (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Memorial Day Tribute: Hollywood Says Thanks to Our Brave Military

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Valentine’s Day Tribute… A Free Baker’s Dozen of Love & Romance Music Videos

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Veterans Day: To Our Heroes, America Thanks You for Your Service & Sacrifice, Stores & Restaurants Offering Freebies & Discounts, Google Veterans Day Doodle Tribute (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Courage: God Bless Our Military Veterans on This Veterans Day… We Thank You (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Because We Can Never Thank Our Vets Enough... God Bless Our Veterans on This Veterans Day, America Thanks You (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Moral Courage: Thank You to Our Heroes… Tribute to Our Courageous Troops, Past & Present, for Veterans Day (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: God Bless Our Troops: Veterans Day Video Tribute

Frugal Café Blog Zone: To Our Deployed Military on Veterans Day, from FOX Sports NFL (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Veterans Day Art Tribute: New Google Doodle Logo, Norman Rockwell Military Tributes

 

Frugal Birthdays, News, Special Events, & Milestones

Kid Birthday Cake Madness: My Big Round Cake Pan and the Seductive, Expensive World of Cake Pans

Adorable Birthday Cakes for Kids... Make It Yourself & Save Money

Make an Adorable, Cost-minded Baby Shower Diaper 'Cake' Centerpiece

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Best Frugal Story of the Week: Ohio Teen Lindsay Binegar Saves for Years, Pays Cash for Home with Her 4-H Club Prize Hog Winnings (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Rejecting Outrageous Costs of School Proms: Parents & Students Seeking Bargains, Second-hand & DIY Evening Wear, & Cutting Out Frills to Save Money (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Frugal Story of the Week: Thrifty Little Old Gal Verna Oller Secretly Leaves Millions to Town to Buy Swimming Pool (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: Frugal Shoppers Love Dollar Tree Discount Stores: American Recession Winner Shows Huge Gains for This Quarter

Frugal Café Blog Zone: "Play Me, I'm Yours": 60 Public Pianos Throughout New York City Launched Today, Huge Hit with New Yorkers (video)

Frugal Café Blog Zone: "Feel Good" Video of the Week: Troops Returning Home, Surprise Their Loved Ones

Christmas in the News – Naughty or Nice? Frugal Christmas Shoppers Need to Know Which Stores Are Still Banning the Mention of Christmas (December 1, 2008) & Gift Card Warning for Christmas 2008 (November 24, 2008)