March Break doesn't have to break the bank
Personally speaking, I have never taken a vacation during March Break. My children and I have always stayed local and have still had fun.
The average household debt is sitting at 164 per cent, so why go crazy spending money you don't have to keep up with the Jones' just because it's March Break.
I have been fortunate to be able to do these things because most of my working career has been from my home-based office. It provides me with the opportunity to schedule my kids' activities during March Break around my business activities.
There is plenty to do for kids without going over budget and Jeffrey Schwartz, executive director of Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada, agrees, "March Break doesn't have to be about a week on the beach or an extravagant family vacation.
"If you're staying at home for the break, give your kids a budget and let them plan their activities for the week. Not only will it take the pressure off mom and dad but it's also an effective way to teach kids the value of money."
Here's some great and inexpensive March Break activities Consolidated Credit suggests: Get off the couch - go skating, sledding or the local pool; Movie Marathon - host an indoor family party or invite friends; Crafternoon - pick up some inexpensive craft supplies at the dollar store and have fun creating; Baking and cooking - there's nothing like bonding with the kids in the kitchen; Game-a-thon - play board games, other games and make up your own games for a competition; or Make it a Group Affair - get together with other families to plan activities for the week. You can do things together or take turns hosting the fun to work into everyone's schedule.
There is a ton of inexpensive or free fun things to do during March Break. Look in your local newspaper, check the library and other local services for a list of March Break activities.
You can create memorable family moments without having to worry about going into debt.
By Donna Donaldson, MSN Money
What do you do with your children during March Break?