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Can't afford a summer vacation?Taking the family on a summer vacation can be an expensive endeavor. After all, there's the cost of transportation, lodging, food and activities to take into account.
However, a new study from researchers at Brigham Young University reveals that taking an expensive summer vacation isn't necessary for family fun and creating memories.
Scientists questioned fathers and their children (between the ages of 11 and 15) from nearly 650 U.S. households. They compared two different types of family leisure - core activities and balance activities. Core activities were defined as those that require little expense and planning such as playing board games, eating meals together, playing sports, reading and watching TV and movies. Balance activities are those that take more planning and money, such as family vacations.
Surprisingly, they found that core activities contribute more to children's perception of family functionality and family cohesion than balance activities.
"We spend so much effort on the big-ticket items thinking that it's the most important thing for our families, when really, more time with our kids on day-to-day activities will suffice," said study co-author Neil Lundberg.
Regardless, those who want to reduce their spending in order to save money for more expensive family outings should know that purchasing used toys, furniture, clothing, games and other items for their children is a great option.