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Super Summer On A Budget

Posted by Patience on June 5, 2009 at 6:00 AM in Budget livingConnecting with kidsFamily Activities
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Pinching the pennies this summer? Wondering how you are going to make it through the summer with kids at home with no cash for camp or a vacation?

Here are a few ideas to make this summer fun on any budget:

1. Take a pool tour- Can't afford the local pool membership? Ask your friends if you might be able to join them as a guest or use their own pool. The trick is, ask a few friends. I know, it's total mooching but I bet your friends would be happy to relieve you from the heat wave that is summer. If this feels horribly presumptious, suggest a trade. Offer to trade for a meal delivered to their door or babysitting. Exchange pool time while picking up the mail, dog sitting/walking while they travel and wouldn't be using the pool anyway.

2. Invest in popsicles- Go straight to your local price club and buy mass amounts of Flav-or-ice or other kid favorite popsicles. Let your kids eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, well, maybe just for snacks. A lot of snacks. A little water, food coloring and sugar never hurt anyone right? These cheap treats will keep everyone happy and kids will say, "Remember the summer mom let us eat all those popsicles? That was awesome!".

3. Take advantage of the free stuff- Most movie theaters offer a free movie once a week before the regular shows. We pack away a tiny ziploc of candy, juice boxes and buy popcorn at the theater. Any bowlers in the family? Check out the cool program where kids can bowl free for the entire summer.
Most local parks and recreation centers have all kinds of great concerts and programming during the summer, look local.

4. Pick something- Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, oh my! Picking fruit and vegetables can be fun and save your grocery bill. There is nothing like being on a farm, grove or patch and picking your food right from the ground, bush or vine. Pick-your-own is a great site to help you find a farm near you.

5. Commune it up- We're all in this together. Gather your friends and gaggle of kids and do the summer together. Create your own at home camp with art activities, slip-n-slide, and afternoon movie showings. Kids will tribe up and parents will delight in the shared company. Prepare a meal together to split and send home for dinner and the day is done. Many hands make light work. It is the village at it's best.

Do you have any ideas for enjoying a thrifty summer? Share them with us in the comments.

9 Comments

Sara Krivanec writes...

These ideas are great...especially the home camp with friends. I love the meal slittingpart too! I would love to be in your tribe. :-)

Amber writes...

I'm with you on the mama commune. I did this yesterday, and it was awesome! The kids had other kids to play with, the moms had other moms to chat with, and my back yard pool saw heavy use. I foresee many more of these days over the summer. :)

Sky writes...

Don't forget your local library! Most have Summer Reading Programs for kiddies. It's free and a great way for those moms and pops to browse books while their children are entertained!

Lyana writes...

Such great ideas! Thank you so much PBS! You are always wonderful. One thing that we use so much is our zoo membership. It's not free, but it certainly pays for itself a few times over! We are also thinking of getting a Botanical Gardens membership. These things cost a little upfront, but the rest of the year is free! Thank you so much!

Doreen writes...

Also visit the Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits. Admission is free on the first Tuesday of each month Parking is only $6 You can pack your own lunch and have a picnic, they have a great picnic area.

sandy writes...

Love the suggestions! Also--check out the TONS of low-cost passes/reduced admission offered by your local library and others in the library network. We also find colleges with an observatory and do some cool star gazing with the telescopes. We've taken "wildflower walks" and taught our kids how to press flowers--some can even be framed as future gifts! We spend time learning new things--cooking, sewing, making earrings, juggling (my husband's forte), and cooking the perfect s'more! Summer is a gift of time at a more relaxed pace.

shareen hopp writes...

Hi i would like to help my town get a park for the kids. we live in BOCK ,MN .anyone that knows of away to help me please e-mail me at shareenhopp@yahoo.com

Aliend writes...

! Also--check out the TONS of low-cost passes/reduced admission offered by your local library and others in the library network. We also find colleges with an observatory and do some cool star gazing with the telescopes. We've taken "wildflower walks" and taught our kids how to press flowers--some can even be framed as future gifts!

DeliaHurley writes...

Every body remembers that today's life seems to be not cheap, but we require cash for various things and not every person gets enough money. So to get some business loans and financial loan would be a proper solution.

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