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Maybe you've got your family budget down pat during the day-to-day of school dropoffs, Zoom meetings, lunch-packing, and bedtime routines. But when the weekend—or, gulp, the long school vacations—roll around, it can be a bit tougher to stay on track financially. After all, parents (and certainly kids) want to have fun, too! But leisure time doesn't have to mean a luxe price tag; there are plenty of family-friendly activities, from travel on a budget to entertainment close to home, that will let you stretch your spending until school starts again. Enter: Funding Fun, your go-to guide to all things family fun on a budget.

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