Outside Savings Games

By Wixx

Now that summer is in full affect, I thought it was time to come up with some savings games to go outside with you and your family. With the heat will come many trips to the ball field, the pool, or the park. There are a few things that you need to do in order to keep costs down while you are having fun in the sun, so why not make a game out of it. The first suggestion is a rendition of good old fashion high card.

When you take the family out into the heat, in addition to applying sunscreen to everyone and taking the items required for your destination (such as towels for the pool, balls and bats for the ball field, or whatever you are taking to the park) you need to pack snacks and drinks. It is a simple matter to understand that the baseball field, the pool clubhouse, and the park sometimes have snack bars or vending machines because they want to sell you food and beverages to make some money. You are trying to have fun and save money at the same time, so take your own.

Someone will need to fill up a few insulated bottles with water of juice, or maybe fill a cooler with ice to keep the bottles in. Someone else will need to make finger foods or peanut butter sandwiches. It is with the preparation that the game comes into play.

Which would you rather do make the snacks or pour the drinks? Well all parties involved shuffle and then cut and ordinary deck of playing cards.

When you make your cut you take the top card on the pile you left on the table and compare it with the cards chosen by the other players. If there are more players than you need jobs done, the winner gets to skip getting anything ready.

The next highest card gets to pick which job they want to do, and so on and so forth. If you and your brother both have a king while your dad has a queen, dear old Dad will get the job neither of you want, and you will both choose another card to decide who gets first pick.

You could also deal a hand of blackjack or play one hand of poker or whatever game you decide. If you are combining these games like you should be. The winner of Light’s Out for the month could choose the game for the next month’s “Job Cards.”

The important thing is that the same person is not always stuck doing the same thing, you are saving money by taking your own snacks and drinks wherever you go, and you are hopefully having fun. Job Cards could also be played for chores. Your children could play to decide who picked first out of washing the dishes, taking out the trash, or vacuuming the floors.

The important thing is to remember to place the savings you receive for the doing the jobs yourself into a special account toward what you’re saving for. Keep on playing…and saving!