Some kids are already out of school for the summer while others are still chugging along anxiously awaiting the beginning of their summer break.
This post will show you 5 easy ways to save money on summer activities.
Getting your list of activities together for the summer ahead of time will help the summer go by smoothly and will (hopefully) eliminate hearing “I’m bored!” from the kids.
My first tip to save money on summer activities is to look for annual passes to local aquariums, museums and amusement parks. It may seem like a lot of money up front, but once you have the passes, you can go as much as you’d like. Purchasing certain memberships will give you free or discounted admission to other zoos and aquariums through the reciprocal program, so be sure to check out the link for a list of included locations.
My next tip to save money on summer activities is to sign up to Groupon and Living Social. All you have to do is enter your zip code or closest major city and deals will be shown in your area for up to 80% off! Give them a try, you won’t be disappointed.
My third tip for saving money on summer activities is to keep your eyes open for discounted tickets to amusement parks. These can generally be found at your local grocery store and are also located near the register of other stores. You can also check online to see what “online deals only” are being offered.
My fourth tip to save money on summer activities is to check out your local parks and recreation for inexpensive classes or camps. Depending on where you live, you may be able to keep the kiddos occupied with week-long camps without breaking the bank. You can also try to schedule weekly play dates with their friends and alternate locations to give each parent a much-needed break. 😉
My fifth and final tip to save money is to play outside. There are many free activities you and your children can do outside such as: play in the sprinkler, kick/catch a ball, toss a Frisbee, draw with sidewalk chalk, ride a bike/scooter, roller skate/blade, jump rope, go for a walk, etc. I like to keep a large, plastic tub in the garage filled with toys to be played with outside. It really helps to keep everything in one place and accessible.
Hopefully, I’ve been able to give you and your family some new ideas to save money on your summer activities. I know I’ll be implementing them to get my family through the lazy days of summer.
Let’s hear your ideas for inexpensive summer activities in the comments below. You can never have enough! 🙂
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