The Easiest Way to Save Money on Summer Outings

Summertime is supposed to be the laziest time of the year. If that’s so, why are so many of us busier during the summer than any other time of the year? This post will show you the easiest way to save money on summer outings.

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Save Money on Summer Outings the Easy Way

Our family hit the ground running on the first day of their summer break and we haven’t slowed down yet!

One problem with all this busyness is that you have the potential to spend a lot more money in the summer with all of the activities and trips planned. So I set out to find ways to save money on summer outings the easy way.

While planning a visit to an amusement park this summer, I came across a few ways to save on this very expensive excursion. Thank goodness, because before the discounts, it would have cost us over $300 for a one-day outing!

Hopefully, these tips will help you save money while planning your summer outings.

  1. Use some type of coupon. Coupons can be found in stores, soda cans, newspapers, memberships with warehouse clubs, AAA and by going to the website. Usually there are discounted prices to be had if you go online and purchase advance tickets. If you are in the military, be sure to inquire about discounts. A lot of attractions offer free admission if you are active in the military. There are great discounts for those retired from the military also.
  2. Bring food with you. Most places will not allow you to bring food in, but you can fill a cooler and leave it in your car to enjoy when you get hungry. It will definitely be cheaper and possibly healthier this way.
  3. If you decide to eat at the park, try to eat before 11 am or after 1. Most people eat between those times and the food lines will be super long and eat up your fun time. (Not really a money saver-but definitely a time saver 🙂 )
  4. Try to get the group rate. Get a few families to go along with you to receive a discounted rate. You’ll also save on gas and parking fees if you carpool. Also, if you or a member of your family is active or retired military look out for discounts for those as well.
  5. Allocate a set amount for each child to spend on souvenirs. Purchase the items right before you leave, so you don’t have to worry about carrying them around with you all day.

Those are some of my tips for saving money on summer outings. If you have any tips to add, feel free to include them in the comments section below.

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5 Ways to Keep a Clean Home When You Hate to Clean

How is it possible to keep a clean home when you hate to clean? It’s actually pretty easy!  If you follow these 5 simple tips, you’ll see how easy it is to have a clean home even if you hate to clean!

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5 Ways to Keep a Clean Home When You Hate to Clean

If you are like me and really don’t enjoy cleaning your home, my first piece of advice is: Don’t aim for perfection. Trust me, when someone comes to your home, they will not notice every little detail. If you work on keeping certain areas neat and tidy, your entire house will appear clean! Find time to tidy up or clean the entryway, kitchen counters, kitchen sink and bathrooms every day. Those are the areas guests will notice if they are not clean. They can be straightened up throughout the day, not all at once. You can get to the other areas of your home when you can.

Related: My Really Quick Weekly Cleaning Routine

My second piece of advice is to invest in storage options that allow you to store items away quickly without too much fuss. Storage ottomans, entertainment centers with drawers, bins with baskets-all of these options can help keep your home looking clean with minimal effort. At the end of the day or when the doorbell rings, you can just throw the toys or items into the bins and keep it moving.

Related: Don’t Make These 5 Organizing Mistakes

Next, I would suggest storing cleaning supplies where you actually use them. This way you don’t have to run around the house collecting cleaning supplies. I don’t know about you, but whenever I walk into another room, I completely forget what I was going there to get. Having the supplies on hand means the job will get done right when you are thinking about it.

Related: Simplify Your Life-10 Cleaning Shortcuts

My fourth piece of advice is to adopt a less is more mentality. If you have less stuff, you’ll have less to clean. I know, easier said than done!  😉

And when all else fails and you’re not able to carry out the previous 4 steps, my last piece of advice is to hire someone to clean for you. It is an expense, but it may be worth it if it reduces your stress level by eliminating “one more thing that has to be done” from your life.

Don’t feel guilty about hiring help. Having your home cleaned by someone else will free you up to do the other things you’ve always wanted to do. No sense spending time doing something you hate, when you can be doing something you love!  🙂

What about you? Do you hate cleaning? Would you consider hiring help to get it done?

If you’re looking for a cleaning schedule that will help you keep your house clean with minimal effort, click here to receive a free printable of my weekly cleaning schedule.

12 Week Organizing Series: Master Bedroom

Your bedroom should be a place where you can relax, kick up your feet and forget about the worries of the day. Read on for quick tips to organize your master bedroom.

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12 Week Organizing Series: Master Bedroom

This is the 8th post in our organizing series. If you missed the previous posts, be sure to click on the appropriate link to catch up!

Now that you’re caught up, let’s move on to organizing your bedroom! 🙂

The best way to get that relaxing feeling in your bedroom is to only store items that are truly needed and to keep it clutter free.

Get started by walking into your bedroom as though you were a guest. Would you (as a guest looking in) say that your bedroom feels like a restful retreat? If not, read on.

Does the room reflect the feel you desire? Do you want a cozy feel, a hotel feel or a spa feel? A cozy feel would incorporate earth tones, a hotel feel would incorporate dark, rich colors and a spa feel would have soft, pastel colors.

Take a look at the dressers and nightstands in your room. Are they covered with clutter? Clear off the surfaces, sort the contents and decide what you will keep and what needs to go. Some items can probably be moved to another room in the house.

Make sure there’s breathing room and a clear path to walk. You should not have to step over things to move around.

If you like to read in the bedroom, see if you can create a reading area with a comfy chair and lamp. Place a tote nearby to hold magazines.

If you must have a TV in the bedroom, consider putting the TV inside a cabinet so it is not visible.

To avoid clutter, try to store as much as possible in your nightstand drawers instead of on top. Depending on the size of your nightstand, limit the items on top to a lamp, alarm clock, one photo and a book.

Organize the drawers in your dresser and eliminate items you no longer need or want.

To hold extra pillows, blankets or off-season clothes, put a trunk, chest or a storage ottoman at the foot of the bed.

If you need additional storage, don’t forget about the space under the bed. There are plenty of under-bed storage options available.

You can also place a chest or bench under a window for additional storage or seating.

If you must keep items on top of your dresser, contain them in an attractive bowl or basket. You can also use a box with a lid to hold small items.

Because the master bedroom is mostly used for changing clothes, reading and sleeping, only items related to those activities should be stored there. Add just a few personal objects-too many will feel like clutter.

What’s most important is how you feel when you enter the room. Your bedroom should feel like a retreat, not chaos.

Keep tweaking your ideas until the room feels just right.

What are your ideas for organizing the master bedroom? What touches have you incorporated to make it feel “just right”?

Here are a few photos and posts for inspiration:

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The Inspired Room

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