Happy Summer! I hope you enjoyed your first real summer weekend. The weather turned gorgeous here after a week of rain so no one was complaining. As summer approaches I often feel a twinge of anxiety. Did I plan enough? Too much? Do we have enough money to do these activities? I find myself wanting to “keep up” sometimes while knowing I have a budget to adhere to. So I wanted to share a couple ways that you can enjoy summer while also saving money. Here is 8 ways to save money this summer.
Thank you Kortni Jeane for our adorable coordinating family swimsuits!
8 Ways to Save Money this Summer
Make your own popsicles, lemonade, iced tea + cool treats. Summer is the time for FUN ice cold snacks and cool beverages in the backyard. When I walk through the grocery store I see so many things I want to buy myself and the kids. But just this week as I was about to put a box of popsicles and chocolate covered frozen bananas in my cart, I stopped. I looked at my son was like, “We can make this at home for free” and that’s just what we did. (Check out this instagram post and my highlights recipe section for some fun popsicle recipes for the kids that are healthy and delicious!).
Use a credit card that gets you travel miles. I go into depth with this in my post about how Jake and I went on our first babymoon for only $500 (flights and all-inclusive cruise). Now while I strongly believe in NO debt I also believe in credit cards IF you are paying them off monthly. I researched like crazy and found our current card that has literally given us thousands of dollars back on vacations in the last 5 years. We don’t travel because we are rich, we travel because we are frugal.
Start a garden. This might not save you money THIS summer but subsequent years it can. The initial startup cost for a garden can be a little bit depending on what you need to do (fencing, fertilized soil, garden gear, etc). But once your garden is set, it is usually pretty easy to get it going again the following summer. Find a local greenhouse to buy your seeds or small plants from and then enjoy a harvest in your backyard instead of spending money at the grocery store. Some vegetables that will give you a good crop: tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, eggplant and greens. Greens come through all summer and aren’t a one time plant. So if you like salads, you are golden!
Buy seasonal veggies. However, if gardening is NOT your thing, pay attention to farmer’s markets and what is on sale in your grocery store and buy what is in season that month. For instance, blueberries are ready in July here in western PA and the price drops drastically. But buying blueberries earlier in the summer cost more. Find our what’s “blooming” and switch our your fruit drawer!
Summer movies, movies in the park, free events. I think cities WANT to celebrate summer and therefore use it as a time to bring communities together. Look up online to see what parks are offering free movie nights. Some movie theaters have specials for kids in the summer with cheap movies. Festivals are also a great way to spend a summer Saturday!
Day trips. Do a google or Pinterest search and you might be surprised what is local to you that you haven’t been to yet! Is there a waterfall or a hike nearby you never tried? A city square with a grassy patch for a picnic?
Utilize libraries for museum and park passes. Check out your local library for passes for parks and museums. You might snag some for free or at a good discount!
Have a slow summer. Summer does NOT have to be busy, busy, busy. Summer can happen in your backyard having picnics, playing in sprinklers and having your own movie nights. It is a great time to relax with your family and enjoy nature. Take it slow and take the pressure off yourself of having to do everything. You don’t have to. You really don’t.
Hopefully you got a couple new ideas for how to save money this summer! Do you have anything you’d like to add? I know as mothers we want to give our kids EVERYTHING, but just remember they want us most of all. Be present.