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My biggest suggestion would be to severely limit how much TV your kids watch. Seriously, the less TV your family watches, the lower your expenses will be because the purpose of TV is to get you to buy things.

I've talked it over with my wife and we're seriously looking into getting (investing in) a "tv bike." Basically, it's a low power signal jammer that you hook directly into the cable for the TV. In order to watch tv, you have to pedal. My wife and I rarely watch tv, but our oldest (daughter) is leaning toward the 'couch potato' syndrome. If I recall correctly, the price for this pedaler was around $200. Well worth it, if we can get the kids to shy away from the TV...


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