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The Money Messenger -- Cheap Family Summer Fun
June 03, 2010
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Thankfully, it's June. A recent article by a mom with three kids in our local paper made me laugh out loud because it was all about how busy, busy, busy the last month of the school year is - and that parents don't even get a T-shirt to prove they survived. It is truly as if all the fun stuff for the year is being crammed into the few short days at the end. By the time the last day of school gets here, everyone is ready to collapse.
Or at least jump into the newly opened pools and water parks for refreshment!
But soon enough, we'll all be fully enjoying summer fun activities and planning and taking family vacations. All of these can impact the family budget not to mention the family calendar. This planning can go hand in hand with May's newsletter articles on teen entrepreneurship if you have teens who are starting their own business to earn some summer cash.
A reader's question on how to get the most cheap summer family fun on a budget
Helpful links and resources
What's new and what's next?
My family and I are within a week (as I write this) of leaving our home base for a two-month adventure in another location. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us, and we can't wait. By the time this arrives in your mailbox, we will be enjoying our full first day in our new tropical location.
And I (and my husband, too) are stressing about the family budget. Although we've done our best to figure it all out, there are some things we just won't know until we get there. Plus, how much of these expenses would we have had whether we were on vacation or not? Needless to say, our personal budgeting categories are getting a fair amount of scrutiny.
Even if you are not moving for the summer, there are plenty of ongoing activities that can cause you to look at the fun and entertainment part of your family budget. That's where this month's articles and resources on cheap family fun and summer vacation tips can help. Grab a glass of iced tea (in honor of National Iced Tea Month!) or your favorite drink and enjoy this month's issue!
Cheap Family Fun: Daily Activities that Don't Break the Bank
It can sometimes be easier to plan a family vacation (which is the next article) than it is to plan daily activities or weekend family fun. A vacation usually has some built-in things to do - especially if you are traveling. It may not be as easy to be inspired when you are sitting at your kitchen table while the kids keep asking "What are we going to do today?"
One thing that can greatly help is to have a stand-by list of things to do. Even better is for this list to be low or no cost. Most of us can't devote the weekly family budget to funding fun activities, so not having to worry about that cost is one more way to relieve stress. Here are some ideas to help you get started on your list.
Unique Family Vacations on a Budget
Summer is probably the most popular time for families to take vacations. Schedules loosen up since most schools are out. The weather is perfect in many places to be able to travel, see sights and just get outside in general. Sometimes, though, figuring out how to budget for these great vacations can be downright stressful. Who wants that when the whole point is to relax and kick back?
Depending on what you want to do and what your overall family budget is plus what part of that budget is in your vacation budget category, there are plenty of ideas. Here is are just examples to get your own idea list started.
These three ideas for family vacations on a budget are uniquely different from some of the tried-and-true family car trips. What are some other ideas you have? Share them with me and other readers here.
Here's where I answer your questions. Cynthia is facing the last day of school for three kids that are active and will want to do lots this summer. Even though they are involved in sports, the days can get pretty long if they are just sitting around complaining about being bored. Are there any easy, cheap ideas for family fun that she can use?
A resounding yes! No one wants bored kids expecting you to entertain them all the time. That can make for one long summer. Here are ideas that will appeal to kids of all ages. Keep some of these in your back pocket for those days that really seem to last forever.
While money-and-kids.com strives to provide all the information you need to help educate your kids, teens and family on money matters, there are other great resources to help you. This newer section of the newsletter highlights those that I've found that provide solid, understandable and usable information.
Cheap family fun and affordable family vacations can be hard to find. But who wants to add stress to the lazy days of summer? These resources can help you stay relaxed while taking it easy on your wallet.
Be sure to check out the latest blog posts at the site. With a new post nearly every day, there are lots of quick bits of information that might be just what you need. Plus, here is a list of new pages that are hot off the press just for you (oh, and the other readers ;-))!
July with its fireworks and (usually unbelievably hot) summer weather will be on us in full swing before we know it. And, so will another edition of The Money Messenger. Next month's issue will focus on tweens including business ideas and general money education challenges as they move from being kids into being teens. If you have a tween (like me!) or know someone who does, you'll want to stay tuned - and get your friends and family started on their own subscription now!
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