Summer is here and it’s time to throw parties, picnics, barbecues, set off fireworks, and go to the beach. I didn’t even mention the possibility of a larger family vacation. The kids are home from school, they are in need of entertainment, and your budget is bulging at the seams. Here are some ideas to try to keep you in check for your summer budget.
Host your own summer camp: Summer camps are expensive. If you live in a neighborhood with a number of children in it and some parents that are willing to help, take turns hosting events for the neighborhood children like taking them to local landmarks or amusement t parks.
Work from home: If you work in an industry where you can work remotely from home, ask your boss if you can do that a couple days a week. This will help you entertain your kids a bit as well as obviously saving on has and mileage on your vehicle.
Vacation nearby: Just because you are going on vacation doesn’t mean you have to go across the country or even hours away. Stay closer to home and save time and money on airfare and gas.
Eat meals as a family: I don’t just mean your family, I mean other families as well. Find friends that you can get together with a couple times a week and rotate cooking dinner. This is a great way to save time and money as well as socialize your family and get them off their phones, maybe.
Find local attractions and events: There is no doubt that your city or town has local attractions or events that your family can attend. This could be a museum, carnival, parade, etc. Summer is the best time for a town or city to have family events, go out and find them.