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Recover from a holiday spending hangover

Skip the movies, do free family activities
Skip the movies, do free family activities

What's going on this weekend? Give it a second thought and be creative, fun and frugal, suggests Karen Hoxmeier, blogger at MyBargainBuddy.com. The Hoxmeiers also participate in unusual free things such as touring new model homes. "When my kids were younger, they would immediately run to the bedrooms to claim theirs," Hoxmeier says.

Hoxmeier's 12-year-old son enjoys bike rides. "To make it more fun, I let him lead, and he does his best to get us lost in our neighborhood," Hoxmeier says. "My daughter, age 14, has the job of getting us back home. Besides being great exercise, it helps develop their sense of direction."

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