Summer is the most pleasant time of year for family bonding. But many summertime activities that capture kids’ attention are far from cheap. And as your family grows, “the more, the merrier” can feel as if it’s being replaced by “the more, the more outrageously expensive.” Here are some tips you can use to keep expenses from getting in the way of your family fun this summer.
Take advantage of free city events
Most cities and towns host or sponsor more free events during summer than at any other time of year. Check calendars on local government websites for free concerts, fairs, and other events that might interest your family. Plan your remaining summer family outings accordingly.
Avoid admission fees
Another way to enjoy activities and events that normally come with a price tag is to seize on “free days” and heavily discounted opportunities. Free museum days are a great opportunity for having fun and learning with your children, and could save your family 0 to 00. The Kids Bowl Free program, embraced by hundreds of bowling alleys around the country, is another fun option to consider.
Pack a lunch
When possible, pack lunch for your family before leaving your apartment. Depending on the size and tastes of your family, this is another way to save considerable cash on a family outing. Do it every time your family takes an outing, and you could see savings of several hundred dollars over the course of the next several weeks.
Go “out” at home
With modern apartment amenities as impressive and comprehensive as they are, you don’t have to leave home to do something you’d traditionally do on a family outing. If you live in an apartment with a pool, have a pool day. Consider renting movies and watching from your apartment’s clubhouse or your living room rather than going to the movies. Pick up your children’s favorite movie time snacks at the grocery store and pop your own popcorn. You can save a ton of money. If your apartment has a game room, opt to teach your kids how to play pool and foosball at home rather than at a nearby arcade or billiards hall.
Another fun, rewarding, way to spend time with your family is to volunteer together. From soup kitchens to park cleanups, your community probably has several opportunities you can choose from. This can be a fun, learning experience that instills humanitarian values in your children. Volunteering is usually free, and is a great way to give back.
Summer family fun can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Take the advice offered in this article, and the rare expensive family outings you do take should feel less financially draining. The good things in life can also be some of the least expensive!
Do you have any tips to add? Offer your advice for saving money on family outings in the comments section.
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