Budget Friendly Summer Fun!

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Summer has officially started, and if you’re already dealing with the “I’m bored” syndrome…take a look at these budget friendly summer fun ideas!

Field Trips: Plan a field trip every week this summer! Here’s how…
#1. Start by taking your kids to the local library to find some books on your area.
#2. Do a simple search: Free Things to do in (my city). You’ll be amazed what comes up!
#3. Let each child make a list of what they would like to see & do! Set a budget limit!
#4. Think beyond museums and amusement parks…think budget friendly fun like: a visit to the farmer’s market, berry picking, check out different area playgrounds & rate them or take a tour of an area factory!
#5. Pack a picnic lunch!

Summer Book Swap: A fun way to kick-off a summer of reading! Here’s how…
#1. Invite friends (in the same grade) to bring 3 used paperback books at their current reading level.
#2. After the children arrive, display the books on a large table or two.
#3. Draw numbers for the order in which the children will choose a book. If there are 10 children at the party, put numbers 1 – 10 into the drawing.
#4. Round 1 begins! The child that drew #1 picks a book, then #2 takes a turn and so on.
#5. Before beginning Round 2, draw numbers again.
#6. After the final round, make bookmarks (using scrap paper, markers & assorted stickers) & let the children make their own ice cream sundaes.
#7. HAPPY SUMMER READING!

Fun at Home:
#1. Start a summer tradition of having sundaes on Saturday!
#2. Family Game Day
#3. Family Puzzle Day
#4. Taste Test…try different brands of frozen pizza & ice cream, eat & vote for the family favorite!
#5. Water Painting…it’s painting without the mess! You’ll need a bucket of water, a big fat paint brush & let your child have fun “painting” the driveway, the fence or the picnic table!
#6. Lemonade Stand!
#7. Teach your children to cook! Have “cooking school” one day each week, and let your children choose the recipes! If you don’t have a children’s cookbook, a trip to the library is in order!
#8. Plant a garden!

Let’s make this a summer your kids will remember…even if it’s on a budget!

Guest post by: Kristl, of The Budget Diet

The Budget Diet is a diet for your wallet…not your waistline! You’ll discover new money saving tips everyday to help you slim down your daily spending! The Budget Diet girl Is not a financial planner or an accountant…just a mom that knows how to live the good life on a budget! Follow The Budget Diet on Facebook or Twitter

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