Kathryn Vercillo is a writer for Promotionalcodes.org.uk.
Summer is upon us. It’s a great season for spending more time with the family. Many people use this downtime to explore their own towns and to enjoy events in the area that they normally don’t get to visit. Unfortunately, this can lead people to spend more money in the summer than the do during other times of the year.
Follow these tips for reducing summer activity costs:
- Make a summer activity budget. Knowing how much money you actually can afford to spend will allow you to get the summer off to a good financial start and to keep it that way.
- Create a calendar of free events. Find out when all of the free events are in your area and build your summer activities around those. This may include music in the park, outdoor movie nights, street festivals, farmers’ markets and free admission days for museums.
- Make a list of free activities. In addition to your free events calendar, you should have a list of free summer activities that you can enjoy whenever the kids start complaining that they’re bored. This list includes things like going to the pool, photographing the neighborhood or visiting the pet store. Brainstorm a list at the start of summer so you’ll always have something free to do.
- Eat at home. So many families waste money by picking up meals while they’re out having fun. Eat at home. Pack snacks and lunches to go with you. Use your money for better things.
- Enjoy cheap activities at home. There are so many affordable kids’ activities for summer. Drawing on the pavement with chalk, affordable crafts, looking for ladybugs, playing with water balloons and going to the playground are all options that cost very little and keep the kids entertained.
By keeping your summer activity costs low, you’ll be able to enjoy a wide variety of different family adventures without having regret when the summer is over and the bills come due.
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