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 Effectively Spring Clean Your Home

With springtime upon us, now is a good time to show you how to effectively spring clean your home. This routine can be used as a guide for fall cleaning as well.

how to effectively spring clean your home

How to Effectively Spring Clean Your Home

If you keep up with your cleaning routine throughout the year, your spring cleaning list shouldn’t be too long.

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Here are the areas in my home I clean twice a year, unless they need to be cleaned sooner:

  • Clean the window treatments. Drapes can be taken down and dry cleaned, machine washed or vacuumed with the upholstery attachment. Check the cleaning tag to make sure you don’t damage them. Sheers can usually be washed in the machine and valances can be vacuumed.
  • Shampoo the carpets.
  • Vacuum the sofa and chairs. Don’t forget to vacuum under the cushions.
  • Clean the blinds. I like to put my hands in a sock, spray with cleaner and go to town. You will definitely need more than one sock!
  • Clean the oven.
  • Clean the windows. A great trick is to clean the inside with a squeegee going vertically and clean the outside going horizontally. This will help you see any streaks. Also, choose a cloudy day to clean the windows to avoid spots from the sun.
  • Change the batteries in the smoke and /or carbon monoxide detector.

So, there you have it! By learning how to effectively spring clean your home, you will be able to keep it clean throughout the year.

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