When I was a kid we always did family-oriented things. We had cousins and friends over and had barbecues, etc. We used to go to the ball field and start a game and next thing you knew more kids showed up. We always played board games and cards. If we ever went anywhere, it was to state parks for picnics or to relatives homes to spend the day.
It was a much simpler, happier time. If we spent money it was on a movie and most of the time we would sneak in candy and just buy the popcorn.
I'm hoping that with the way the economy is that people would start thinking this way again. Our lives had become too money oriented and we need to get back to what is important.
PYMasterStever, start doing that now. Go to the park and throw stones in the water, invite friends to play on the playground and then start a little fire on the grill and do smores. Instead of spending a bundle, do what the kids will remember when they are older.