My favorite season. But, it can be incredibly pricey if you’re not careful. Almost everything worth doing has doubled in price from the week before school gets out to the week after school comes back in. It’s a fact all of us have to deal with. Every. Single. Summer. For me, summer has always been much more expensive than even Christmas time.
But, I’ve come up with a better way. I’ve come up with a plan to be able to still offer my kids the fun-filled summer they crave without breaking the bank in the process. Plus, I get to enjoy all the summer fun too, so we’re all happy!
Follow me, I’ll lead the way.
Theme park annual passes
This is assuming that you live relatively close to one. But, be careful, there are many annual passes I’ve totally wasted, only visiting once or twice, never taking full advantage of all they had to offer. If you pay for an annual pass at a theme park that is too far away, then chances are you’re going to be too lazy and/or tired to drive there several times a month.
This year, I opted for an annual pass at a theme park that’s only about 20 minutes away. The great thing is that it not only has the roller coasters during those colder months, but it also has a separate water park on the same lot that I have complete limitless access to! This is huge! I bought trips to 2 different parks to visit any time I want with free parking all year-long for a really small price of $80 per person.
I know that seems like a lot of money to spend for a family of 4, but since buying the passes in December, we’ve used it more times than I can count! Not to mention the kids love it so much, they constantly ask us to go back. We can go on the spur of the moment and I don’t have to worry about spending another dime. That feels so good!
Have a picnic on the beach
Even better is if you have a location that is a combination of a park and beach, win-win!
Make sandwiches or barbecue some hot dogs and burgers and bask in the sun, literally! It is such a simple day trip, but you have the time to spend with your loved ones without spending much more than a day’s parking and your food. I’ll be writing another post soon all about picnic food that is easy, fast and cheap to make!
Visit your friends
Trade off day visits with some of your closest friends. I do this often. One day, we’ll spend the day at my house and me and my friend will help each other in the kitchen and the guys will barbecue the yummy food. The kids have each other for entertainment and the day always goes off without a hitch. The next week, we go to her house and do the same. We get different scenery and get to spend time with one another for only the price of the food. Good. Simple. Fun.
Go to the nearest community pool
Okay, don’t squirm. Most community pools (at least around me) are clean and now have fun water equipment for the kids. And they only charge $2-$3 per person.
If you are a member of the YMCA, then by all means save the money and go there. I love that most YMCA’s in my area have covered pools, so no sun exposure for the kids.
Check your local community newsletter for free events
Many communities have an event calendar online that shows you tons of events for adults, kids, and families that are either totally free or for a really small price. It’s a great way to experience something new and build memories without building debt.
Check out free museum days in your area
My area has this really cool feature where on specific dates, they make certain museums totally free to the city residents. The majority of people don’t even know this awesome advantage exists. They feature museums for art, science, history, and many others. It’s a great way to really soak in the cultural enrichment and have an awesome experience.
So there you have it, these are just some of the options you may have near you that you didn’t know about. They’ll give you many fun things to do with the kids or just adults, while still maintaining your savings stash.
If you have any interesting options in your city that I didn’t mention here, please share below in the comments. I would love to hear all about them.