Friday, July 29, 2016

Our Summer on a Budget

This summer, we had to be creative to keep our girls entertained while on a tight budget.  First, our 3 year-old’s idea of being entertained is far from that of our 14 year-old’s.  Second, trying to keep a 14 year-old girl entertained will make you grind your teeth, laugh, and cry all at the same time J  Somehow, we’re pulling it off…here’s a look at our summer activities that didn’t break the bank.
·       Crafting at home - free :)

·       Splash Pads – we are fortunate to have 2 splash pads within 20 minutes of our house.  Both are free J

·       Rock painting
·       Local Fairs - limiting ride tickets helps keep cost down.

·       Backyard fun - free :)

·       Minor League Baseball Games - tickets are only $9.00, which is MUCH cheaper than going to a major league stadium.
·       Hanging out at Howies on the Lake 
·       Playing board games

·       Visiting local parks
·       Shaving cream fun
·       Hanging out with friends
·       Road trip to the beach – my mom and step-dad were generous enough to invite us to stay with them.  J

·       Swimming
·       Movies nights
·       Outlet shopping/browsing J
·       Concerts on the lawn

This summer, especially, I have come to accept staying home more often.  After all, I don't want my girls to expect extravagant days out to be content.  What are your favorite, affordable, Summertime activities? I'd love to hear from you :)


  1. We purchase a local water park pass in the Winter at a discounted rate. Then, we go to the water park as much as possible with our packed lunches. We try to hit some local parks and we have free wading pools in our city that we will visit when we are not in the mood for the water park. This summer with my girls, we also visited the thrift store early in the summer and picked up some items that we wanted to upcycle. Trying to spend time close to home with the kids.

  2. Finding items to upcycle sounds like something I would love doing :) Thanks for sharing!