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There are plenty of weekend activities that will not cost you a small fortune. Every week we will post an idea for single parents like you showing you ways to spend quality time with your children without worrying about a huge expense. Our first idea is not only inexpensive, but you may actually make money on it: Clean out your closets, drawers, cabinets, basement, etc and have a garage sale.
A garage sale can be a fun activity, especially if you get your kids involved. Have them go through all of their old clothing, toys, books, CDs, movies, etc. Put everything in a designated place and decide what you want to sell.
Your children will love talking about the price of the items and putting the actual price tags on their things. Every item for sale, no matter how small, needs a price tag.
Make sure you advertise your garage sale. Have the kids design their own flyers, then buy a few cheap garage sale signs and post a free garage sale ad on Craigslist. The day before the sale, go out in the neighborhood and place the flyers and signs. If you are planning a garage sale in advance, you can put an ad in your local newspaper.
Next, you want to decide how you will set the sale up. Have the kids help you get tables and shelves ready in the garage and arrange their items for display. Each child can have their own section to set up their things or they can arrange everything by price. Let them decide what works best.
The day before the sale, don’t forget to go to the bank and get change in $1’s, $5’s, pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. When you bring the money home, let the kids organize it and place it a cashbox or any kind of container that you can lock.
When the day of the sale comes, just relax and let the kids have fun! Of course there will be some slow times, so make sure you have some activities, snacks and drinks ready to keep them occupied.
So how do you reward the children for their hard work? Simple: Let them keep a portion of the earnings and buy something special with it. The remaining earnings can be put in the bank and saved for next week’s weekend fun!
Do you have ideas for great weekend activities? Share them with other readers by writing a comment below or send us an email. We would love to hear your ideas!