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Egg Carton Mancala GameMancala is considered one of the oldest games in the world and is played just about everywhere nowadays. When my students played, they used dried beans and empty egg cartons.


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Geocaching: A Thrifty Adventurous New HobbyMy boyfriend Douglas introduced geocaching to us as something we could do together with my 9 year old son. It's become our newest hobby, we're totally hooked and go even when my son isn't with us.


Saturday Snow DayThe winter weather might be nearing its end and parts of the country never saw snow days, but that doesn't mean that your family can't enjoy a Saturday snow day. Instead of waiting for nature to provide the perfect storm, create your own family snow day.


Game Rules: 7 Hand RummyEvery time my family gets together for Thanksgiving or Christmas, we all look forward to AFTER the meal. It is at this time we play 7 Hand Rummy, a card game that has been a part of these holidays for us since before I was born.


Choosing the Best and Cheapest DVR OptionDigital Video Recorders (DVRs) can make your television viewing much more enjoyable. No more rushing home to catch the first few minutes of your program, no more phone calls that make you miss the final event in the plotline. Record your program and fear not.


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Characteristics of the BlindThe English language with its wealth of idiomatic expressions makes the following deductions concerning the characteristics of the blind and their daily activities possible. Proof that we blind folk know how to laugh at ourselves!


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The Gambling Green LightI decided to conduct an experiment in gambling, and I learned a few strategies that give a green light to gambling entertainment for the less than die hard gambler.


Saving Money on Video GamesVideo game systems are expensive, but adding games to play with the system really breaks the budget. There really isn't a way to avoid the cost without avoiding video games completely, but there are ways to lighten the burden.


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Saving Money on EntertainmentTips on budgeting and saving money on all kinds of entertainment. Share your own favorite tips with the ThriftyFun community.


Saving Money on TicketsTips for saving money on tickets to concerts, plays, sporting events and other entertainment opportunities. If you are planning a large outing to a art museum, science museum or other type of place that offers free admission for a yearly membership, it can be a great deal.


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Video Game Review: MysteryvilleIf you have a daughter who has a love affair with cats and also loves mysteries this is a game you should consider for her Christmas or birthday present. Though young detectives male and female will also love this game.


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Video Game Review: Oregon Trail 5This is a very interesting game that a lot of kids in the 80's played on their Apple computers in their classrooms. But for us older folks who only knew computers that filled up whole rooms, this game is very relaxing and builds knowledge. The game is set in the 1800's and you are family traveling the Oregon Trail.


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Poem: Her RecipeI love these old poems and saying from cookbooks. Hope you all enjoy too!


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Video Game Review: Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects/RavenhearstI found Ravenhearst to be very family friendly if you can get pass the part that there was a murder and just have fun with the story line. Anyone who enjoyed Nancy Drew Mysteries as a kid or is a mystery buff will love this game.


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Save Money Eating OutSaving money while eating out at restaurants. Here are tips suggested by the ThriftyFun community. Cooking at home saves money, but when you do eat out, order water instead of a beverage to help keep your check low.



Saving Money on Books

Saving Money on BooksSatisfy you love of reading without breaking the bank. Below are some tips to help you save money on books.


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Saving Money at RestaurantsTips for saving money while eating out at restaurants. If you have a great idea that was missed, post it here!


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Free Snowbound FunWinter weather can be fun, but it can also lead to "cabin fever." With long winter weeks ahead, create a list of activities that can keep kids entertained without costing a penny.


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Free Family FunSummer is here and with it comes the ever-present "I'm bored." The best way to conquer this is to set up family excursions and activities, but that only adds an additional summertime problem - cost.


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Driving Too Slow JokeSitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a State Police officer sees a car puttering along at 22 MPH. He thinks to himself, "This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!" So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over.


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Frugal Entertainment for the Whole FamilyHere are some frugal entertainment tips for the whole family.


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