5 Money-Saving Ways to Make the Most of Summer
While many families are still taking summer vacations, far fewer are this year than last. But less money in your pocket doesn’t have to mean less fun this summer. It just might mean making the most of your resources and reconnecting with the people and things that matter most. Whether it’s a modified vacation or creative get-togethers, make sure your summer is filled with good times with the people you enjoy most. Here are 5 great ways to have fun and save money at the same time:
1. Plan a “staycation.”
When money is tight, a week in Bermuda may be out of reach. But that doesn’t mean you don’t still need some down time. So why not plan a vacation at home? Sleep in. Visit those local sites and historic spots you’ve been meaning to check out. Play tennis or go the pool. Grab a sizzling summer read and enjoy a lazy day at the park.
2. Take a short-distance road trip.
A long trip may be out of the question, but what nearby attraction could you visit this year? Especially if you make it a family affair or a weekend to hang out with friends, a road trip can be a lot of fun. In fact, the trip itself can give you more fun memories than the destination.
3. Plan a block party.
Summer time’s the only time for a good old-fashioned block party. Whether you’re getting old neighbors together or helping new neighbors connect, make it a potluck event with plenty of games for the kids, good music and great conversation.
4. Have a picnic in the park.
Who said getting together for lunch has to mean going to a restaurant? You’ll enjoy a more intimate conversation and get out of your normal routine. So pack your picnic basket, grab your blanket and enjoy!
5. Invite friends over for an ice cream social.
Ice cream goes with summer – and most adults recapture the kid inside them when licking an ice cream cone. So rather than planning a get-together that requires you to cook, invite friends over for an ice cream social. Strawberry sundaes, banana splits and your closest friends are a great combination for a summer afternoon.
Valorie Burton is a professional speaker, life coach and the author of five books, including What’s Really Holding You Back?, Listen to Your Life, and How Did I Get So Busy? The 28-Day Plan to Free Your Time, Reclaim Your Schedule and Reconnect with What Matters Most. Subscribe to her free e-newsletter at www.valorieburton.com and follow her at www.twitter.com/valorieburton.