The kids get the summers off and that’s amazing but us bloggers and dads do not get one. After a year of hard work, the children need a summer well spent to get ready for the upcoming school year. But is anybody else concerned about how much the ‘fun summer’ costs us parents. Yes, you can’t put a price on happiness and memories but we got to think about finances, don’t we? So here is what I am going to do to keep my kids occupied and save at the same time.
1. What’s in the garage?
The garage is where the hidden treasures are at. Fish out the bike that hasn’t been used. This saves you some money, physical exercise and fun is all part of the package. You can escape the traffic and enjoy some peace of mind with the kids. I did this with the kids last summer and we ended up racing in the empty bus park of a high school having a wonderful time.
2. Holidays for less
You probably guessed this one before you started reading but anyway here it is. Camping is a great way to get in touch with nature and have some quality family time. You could go with friends or just the family. Hire someone to do the cooking. This will be cheaper than dining out every night.
You could also swap homes for the summer vacations. This is exciting and cheap. Just check the house insurance beforehand.
3. Cheaper days out
Most events that your kids would love to attend over the summer have sky-high entry fees. But there are also events which charge you nothing for entrance and you will have a great time hanging out at one of these. One summer, we went to the Book Festival and they had a coloring in tent there. The children had such a great day. Find out about any events in your city now.
4. Get the kids helping out
We parents do not get the summer off and for all we know, the chores could be increasing in number. Since the kids are free, you can ask them to give you a hand with some chores like washing the car, painting the shed or gardening. At the same time, they will learn a couple of new things and you can save on time and money. If the kids need encouragement, tell them they can earn themselves some pocket money by helping out. Also, teach them about savings.
Doesn’t mean saving on money will end up with a boring summer. Have a great time making memories and do share any ideas you have. I’d love to hear them.