Summer is here and you’re excited about the opportunity to spend it with your kids. They’ve done a good job throughout the school year and now is the perfect time to reward them for it. Amusement parks, water rides, vacations, summer camp, there are so many things you could fill their little plates with. The only problem is, it can get a bit expensive. With the kids home all day, expenses tend to rise. If you fear you’ll have to limit your activities this summer due to your finances, here are some budget-friendly solutions.
You enjoy seeing the smiles on your children’s’ faces when you take them places for the summer, and you’d like to be able to do it again this year. Even if your funds are a bit tight this year, you can still afford some summer fun. Taking out a personal loan, for instance, could give you a few hundred dollars upfront to enjoy your kids before they go back to school. They even have installment loans for when you have bad credit. You can pay back the deposit over several payments so you don’t kill your budget.
Now, how can you make the most of the money you have? Below are some tips.
- Look for free summer camp – Summer camp really is a good experience for children. They get to learn new skills, meet new people, and discover parts of the country. If you’re not able to afford costly admission expenses, there are free and affordable options for low-income families and residents of the community. Check with city hall or the county recreation department to learn more.
- Camp Out in the Backyard – backyard camping excursions are a lot of fun. You don’t have to travel very far which saves a ton of money. You can make franks and beans, and roast marshmallows by the open campfire. You’ll have a blast being in the outdoors. Then when you’re ready to go to sleep, you can lay in the tent under the dark starry sky.
- Day Trips – You may not be able to afford a long family vacation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get away for the day. Choose a neighboring city and travel by car with the family for the day. Many cities around this time have free and affordable fairs, festivals, summer concerts, and more you can participate in.
- Community Pools – If your kids want to splash around this summer but you don’t have a pool in the yard, you can always check community pools to find out their opening hours and costs. It is usually very low for residents. You can bring your own lunches so you don’t have to waste money eating out.
- Backyard BBQ – Now here’s a way for the entire family to get together this summer, a barbecue is so much fun. Put some burgers and dogs on the grill, bring some outdoor toys for the kids, and turn on some music for entertainment. You can invite the entire family over and ask them to bring drinks or a dish to add to your barbecue.
Just because your budget is tight during the summer doesn’t mean you have to sit at home for the next two months and do nothing. There’s so much you can do without having to break the bank. Whether you do one or all of these ideas your family will have so much fun and a lot of stories to share about their awesome summer.