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The summer months when kids are out of school can be the best of times for a family. However, when money is tight and parents are not able to do all they wanted during summer vacation, it can be very stressful. There are, however, many ways to have a blast and enjoy a fun, family summer vacation without breaking into your kids’ college funds. Look for ways to enjoy the warmth and sunshine on the cheap and teach your kids a valuable lesson about frugality at the same time.
Coupons and events are available for many types of attractions including theme parks, public pools and other entertainment venues. If you live in an area near such an attraction, a season pass may be a great investment for keeping your kids occupied. If you’d prefer to travel this summer, consider making it a camping trip to a national park instead. Many parks offer tons of activities such as horseback riding, fishing, swimming and tubing down rivers. Finding a good camping spot and ”roughing it” can save you some serious bucks while also creating great family memories.
There are always going to be days during the summer months when it’s just too hot–or perhaps too rainy–to be outside. On days like these, finding an indoor activity for your kids can be especially challenging. That’s where crafting comes in handy! Keep a large tub with a lid in your closet; whenever you have some leftover ribbon, fabric scraps, wrapping paper, buttons or other small items, toss them in the crafting tub. Once the weather turns unfriendly, pull out the tub for an instant kid-friendly activity.