First off, I want to thank Jenn for giving me this great opportunity to do a bi-monthly coupon feature on her awesome blog. Yes, this is me sucking up! But seriously, this is really cool, and I hope I can bring some great tips on saving money as well as some great coupons. Thanks Jenn! (This is Jenn, I know you guys are going to love Kyle as much as I do! He is super awesome, and I’m really exicted to have him brining us some awesome tips! )
School is almost out where I live and it won’t be long before all three of my kids will be home for the summer. If I hear one of my kids say “I’m bored” in the first few days of summer break I may just take them back to the school parking lot and drop them off. So it’s with that in mind that I present 6 frugal summer activities my wife and I plan on doing this year to keep the kids busy and maybe even wear them out.
1. Theater Summer Discounts
Many movie theaters across the country offer $1 movie days during the summer months. Cinemark is the main theater in the town I live in and every week they offer a 10 a.m. kids movie for a buck. They also let you pre-buy the entire 10 summer movies for a measly $5. Check with your local theaters as I’ll bet they offer something very similar. It is a great way to beat the heat and have some movie fun with your kids.
2. Story Time at the Library
Practically every library in the U.S. offers a free weekly story time for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Take advantage of it this summer. Once story time is over, let the kids pick out a couple books to take home and read. This is a fun and cheap way to create a love of reading in your kids.
3. Hike and Picnic
Get out of your normal routine this summer by packing a picnic lunch and taking your kids on a hike. My wife and I started doing this a couple summers ago and I was worried they would poop out in the first 5 minutes and quickly make our planned expedition a “nice walk ruined”. But we were both amazed at how much they loved getting out and exploring the great outdoors. Do a quick Google search and locate some good hiking areas in your local area. Only cost is the gas to get there.
4. Baseball Game on the Cheap
Last summer my wife and I took all three of our kids to a San Francisco Giants game and I think I am still paying it off. $40 bucks a ticket for nose-bleed seats, $30 to park, and my left arm to eat some food. Ridiculously expensive and frustrating, especially after two of my kids lost complete interest in the game by the 5th inning. This summer we are planning on attending a couple nearby minor league games. Tickets are cheap, seats are close to the action, and the atmosphere is much more family-friendly.
5. Fort in the Living Room
Ingredients needed: 4 chairs, 3-5 blankets or sheets, a flashlight, and of course, rugrats. The end product is hours of fun in the living room in their own fort. They can pretend they are camping or are wild bears in their own private cave. The fort idea is always good for a couple days of self-made entertainment during the summer months.
6. Be “Indiana Jones” for the Day
This is a take-off on #3. Have you ever heard of Geocaching? It is basically using your smartphone to create family treasure hunts. You just download a Geo-cache app (I recommend the GroundSpeak app) to your smartphone and you’ll quickly find “caches” that people have set up in local parks, hiking trails, and various other areas. You then use the app and GPS feature of your smartphone to go and find them. It is really fun to set off as a family to find some treasures. Typically, the treasure boxes are small metal boxes or tubes that contain trinkets. We always take some trinkets to replace what we take. It is a really fun (and cheap) summer activity.
Now on to the coupons! Here are a few online coupons from my website that can help you save money on summer clothes, swimsuits, and even a hotel stay.
Save 40% off Summer Swimwear plus Free Shipping on $50+
Coupon Code: SHOPPING & PIN 3029
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About The Author: Kyle James runs a site called Rather-Be-Shopping.com which specialiazes in online coupons to over 850 stores. He also blogs about frugal living and the adventures and mis-adventures of raising 3 active kids.