Description: The article is related to summer activities for kids. The writer primarily shares several ways that can help you save money and keep your children fun during the summer holiday. There are six activities which you can do.
It’s Heather with passion for savings.com. Today we are going to talk about several ways that can help you save money this summer. It’s summer, the kids are out of school. How do you keep your children fun without spending money. I thought that we can go bowling, we can go to the movies, we can go on vacation, we can go to the water park. But every of those things costs money. So how can you save a little money while enjoying your summer?
That’s what we’re going to hit on today. The first thing that I want to talk about is so hard for me, it is to eat at home. I know that it’s so easy when you want to get out into the water park or you go to the movies. But when you’re out, all the sudden, it’s noon. It’s like we running and grabbing fast food. It is not cheap for my three children and I to eat out. Children’s meals are not cheap unless you know where the free meals are.
That’s a great tip. You can eat at home and save so much money. So I have to plan in my menu during the year. When my children are at school, I will not write out a menu for the week during the summer. I have to include lunches on my menu plan to make sure that I am prepared. I know what I’m going to do for lunch. It is so easy to run to the chick-fil-a and grab some children’s meals.
You spent twenty five or thirty dollars before you know it. So if you do that in multiple days, it will add up so fast. So eating at home is great. If you go out and do activities, you should try to pack your lunches and try to eat at home as much as possible. It will save you so much money. You’ll have more money to have fun. So that’s a good tip.
The second thing is very similar, it is to pack your snacks. I am so bad about this. You’d better pack your snacks and take them with you because it’s easy to run out fast. It’s hot, your children are going to be hot, tired, thirsty and hungry. If you have things in the car, then you will be less tempted to pay those high prices at all of those attractions, events and a lot of places.
I like the water park, we can still take in our own food. So that’s a nice thing. As long as you plan in advance, you can save a lot of money that way. So that’s my tip number two. Now you can do a few fun things with your children that don’t cost a lot of money.
So number one is to invite friends and family to stay. We did this recently, we did this on Memorial Day. We had family that came in from out of town, they stayed for the weekend, and we spent time at each family member’s house. We went to the pool together, we played softball together. What we did was that we had a vacation, we did all of those same things, we were together.
It felt like a vacation even though we didn’t go anywhere. So we’ve saved on gas, eating out, traveling and hotel. We saved all of these different ways by inviting someone to come and stay with us. So that is a way that makes you feel like having a holiday and enjoying the attractions that are around you without going out and spending the additional cost. I know that it sounds cheesy, but it’s a great way which can help you save money and have a lot of fun.
The third thing is library. It is one of the things that I’m doing with my children this week. We go to the library once or twice a week. I let them only pick several books at a time instead of getting ten books and not going back. It’s a great outing, it’s a great way to get them out of the house, it’s a great way to feed their love for reading. I only let my children get a couple of books that way. Every time, it’s a new and exciting day when they’re at home.
So reading the same books will not happen all summer. They get something new every time. They also get to pick out DVDs. So we do not need to run to the red box all the time and have a movie day. We’ve done this. We have a lot of rain this summer, I’m ready for the rain. So we can go to a pool. If you have a rainy day, it will be a great way to have some inexpensive fun.
Our library has a huge selection of movies, especially children’s movies. We have Happy Feet today, we have Max and Ruby adventures in Odyssey. We had Madagascar last week. So sometimes you can run to the red box a lot during the summer. But the library is free. The DVDs might not be new releases, but I have been surprised at recent movies, they some great classics that you can check out. So check your local library for movies.
We always think of it for books, but movies have been one of our favorite resources. We have watched a ton of great new movies this summer without spending a lot of money on rentals. So that’s something that you should think about.
The fourth thing is to have a water day with friends. I’ve got some bubble balloons. Don’t forget to get out and do that. You can have a plan and pack it to have a big water day outside with popsicles one day. It is so cheap but has much fun. You don’t have to pay to go to the water park. So that’s a great idea.
The fifth thing is to go to farmers’ market. In a morning, you can get out of the house and go down to your local farmers’ market. Maybe you can shop for your produce. You spend much money at the grocery store, the farmers’ market is cheaper. So let your children help you buy something and draw some experience out of it. It’s a great and inexpensive way to get your shopping done and have a lot of fun at the same time.
The last thing that I want to talk about is to take advantage of the free and cheap movies and bowling. There’s a site called Kids Bowl free.com where you can sign up for free bowling in your area. It’s nationwide. There are bowling alleys all over the United States where you can sign up. You can get new coupons emailed to you every week.
I mind it coming on Sunday, but they come every week. You get your passes for the week. What you have to pay for are your bowling shoe rentals. You might be able to find shoes like those for your children, so you don’t have to rent those.
If you do not want to pay for the whole bowling thing, you are going to have cheap or free movies for children in some places. I have a whole list of those that you can check out. You can find the ones that are near your area. They’re cheap and great ideas for kids. I hope it gives you a few ideas of how you can save money. I hope that you’ll check out passion for savings.com for more deals.