5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Summer Activities

Some kids are already out of school for the summer while others are still chugging along anxiously awaiting the beginning of their summer break.

5 easy ways to save money on summer activities

5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Summer Activities

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.

Be sure to check out my previous posts Free Summer Activities for Kids and Save Money on Summer Outings for more money-saving tips!

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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Save Money When Buying Spring Produce

You can save money when buying produce if you purchase your produce when it’s in season. Your food will taste delicious and cost less!

save money when buying produce

Save Money When Buying Produce


One way to determine which foods are in season is to check your grocery circular. The fruits and vegetables shown on the front page are the ones usually in season and on sale.

Another way to save money on produce is to purchase locally from a farmer’s market, farm stand or local farm.

The following fruits and vegetables are in season in the spring:

  • bananas
  • grapefruit
  • kiwi
  • lemons
  • oranges
  • pineapple
  • rhubarb
  • tangerines
  • asparagus
  • broccoli
  • mushrooms
  • potatoes
  • cabbage
  • leek
  • spinach
  • onions
  • new potatoes
  • cauliflower
  • radishes
  • carrots
  • watercress

By purchasing your produce in season and locally, if possible, you will see a significant savings in your grocery bill and you will benefit from eating tastier, healthier food.

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How to Save Money When Eating Out

When people think about saving money, they usually think about saving money on their groceries. Well, I’ll show you how to save money when eating out!

The only time our family goes out to eat is when we are able to save money when eating out. We receive free or discounted meals each and every time.

How to Save Money When Eating Out

How to Save Money When Eating Out

Here’s how we do it:

  1. Visit Restaurant.com. There you can browse restaurants in your area and purchase a $10 gift certificate for $4 or a $25 certificate for $10. Restaurant.com frequently runs sales and I have been able to get $25 certificates for $2. Print the certificates and keep them in your car so you will always have them available. There is also an app you can download to your phone.
  2. Sign up for Groupon. This site offers 50-90% discounts for restaurants in your area. They also offer discounts for entertainment as well as goods and services.
  3. Visit your favorite restaurant’s websites and sign up to receive e-mail offers. Enter your birthday on those sites and you’ll receive coupons for discounted or free meals and desserts the month of your birthday.
  4. Follow your favorite restaurants on Twitter and Facebook. A lot of times they will offer special deals to their followers that they don’t offer to the public.
  5. Eat out for lunch instead of dinner. You’re getting the same meal, just paying less for it. Depending on what you order, the meal could be a little smaller than what’s offered for dinner, but most of the time, it’s the same size.

As you can see, there are many opportunities to obtain coupons and save money when eating out. Once the coupon offers start rolling in, you will wonder why you ever paid full price for a meal!

How do you save money when eating out? Let me know in the comments below…I love to learn new ways to save! 🙂

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