Activities of the Week
This year for Earth Day (April 22), take an adventure outside! There’s nature all around us to be appreciated! Go for a walk, a hike, a bike ride, or play at a local playground. Use the National Park Service’s (NPS) Find a Park site to see if there’s a national park near you. Stuck inside? Check out NPS’s WebRangers page. Remember to be responsible while you’re out there – avoid littering, bring a reusable bag and water bottle for snacks, and take care not to destroy any plants as you walk around.
Some families set up an allowance for their kids. There are lots of ways to go about it and it can be a great way to learn how to use money. Consider setting up a four-bank system with your child’s allowance and other income (from things like birthdays and babysitting). A certain amount gets set aside into each bank – Saving, Spending, Investing, and Donating. Children should learn this lesson at an early age and build on it as they grow. It forms a solid platform for managing money. Source: TheMint.Org
Get to know your neighbors and the families of your children’s friends. Consider some small steps to make connections to prevent child abuse and neglect by organizing a community babysitting co-op with trusted neighbors. Take a bigger step and work on organizing a community event like a block party, father/daughter dance, parent support group. Visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway to find other ways to Get Involved.
Get the most out of your food budget by comparing “unit price” on your food choice options. Involve your kids in comparing the value. They’ll build math skills and understand the importance of making the most out of a purchase. Find more ‘eating better on a budget” tips on ChooseMyPlate.gov.
You and your family will eat healthier and save money if you take some time to plan your meals out, finding recipes and comparing costs before you go to the store. Involve your kids in the steps! Research what food is in season, write out grocery lists and recipes, and team up to compare and contrast prices in the store. Find more tips on Eating on a Budget on ChooseMyPlate.gov.
March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. Answer questions about the history of St. Patrick’s Day, Shamrocks, and more facts you may not know about this green holiday by checking out the History Channel’s St. Patrick’s Day page. Learn more about the history of other countries and holidays by taking a trip to your local library.
Income taxes have to be filed by April 15, 2014. Don’t wait to the last minute. There are lots of resources available through IRS.gov to get assistance in filing, answering questions, and avoiding scams. If you make less than $50,000 you can go to an IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program site where IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals in local communities. They can inform taxpayers about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, and Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled. Find a VITA site near you or call 1-800-906-9887.