Five Creative Ways to Cut Your Family Budget and Save Money This Year

From finding family fun at a discount to reducing household waste, here are ideas on saving in 2021

January 7, 2021

Remember to check before visit any places to ensure they are open. Please follow recommended health and safety guidelines regarding masks and social distancing.

1. Create family memories... at a discount

Order a Parks Pass from Parks Canada providing unlimited admission to over 80 Parks Canada administered places

  • The Discovery Pass is your gateway to history, nature, and adventure from coast to coast to coast
  • Valid for 12 full months from date of purchase 
  • Pays for itself in as little as seven days (compared to daily admission fees)
  • Faster entry to your favourite places


Up to 7 people in a vehicle


2. Get outside

Enjoy our hiking trails, skating rinks, and green spaces year round. Check out the National Capital Commission for links to seasonal activities. 

3. Plant a garden

We're all spending more time at home these days, so what better time to plant a garden! Spend a few dollars on things like seeds, plants, and supplies and you'll reap the benefits of hundreds of dollars worth of produce in just a few months! Talk about a great investment. Plus, gardening with kids has other benefits too, from encouraging healthy eating to teaching responsibility.

4. Consider turning a hobby into a side hustle

One great way to save money is to MAKE money! Consider a side hustle -- can you take that painting hobby you love and sell your art on a site like Etsy? Do you love thrifting? Can you become an eBay expert and get big bucks for that $1 garage sale find? 


5. Make changes positive for the environment and your wallet

Reduce waste and save money with this great idea Use cotton bandannas -- inexpensive and longlasting -- in place of paper towels and throwaway napkins. We also love her cute ways to store them!