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Once you've taken control of the most important household matters, you can focus on quality-of-life issues. Your spouse, kids, and you will get cabin fever if you're so afraid to spend money that you never go anywhere. But with a bit of creativity, you can find inexpensive ways of getting out and doing things together.

  • Check your local library for free museum passes (many museums also offer no-cost admission one day a week) or tourist attractions.
  • Seek out restaurants that have kids-eat-free specials.
  • Scout for affordable events, such as kids' concerts, plays, or puppet shows.
  • Go for family drives to surprise destinations (a beach, friend's or relative's home, conservation site, and so on).
  • Focus on abundance, whenever you can, instead of scarcity.

You may not be able to take your spouse and children to see first-run movies, but you can still borrow videotapes from the library. I remember a Saturday while I was out of work when my family needed to get away from other problems. We were short on cash, so we packed a picnic lunch and went to a neighborhood park. My wife, daughter, son, and I enjoyed the scenery, munched our sandwiches, and took turns flying a kite that we'd never used before. It turned out to be one of the best days I can remember.

Keep Romance Alive

It's also important to keep the romance alive in your marriage while you're unemployed. One former PIT member recalls that she served a special dinner-for-two with a glass of wine by the fireplace once a week. This simple ritual gave their relationship the boost it needed - regardless of how the job search was progressing.

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