Summer is prime vacation season, but if money is tight, there are tons of ways to save on summer entertaining without leaving home. Your family can take a “staycation” and enjoy the fun and interesting things to do in your own community. Staycations give families a chance to do those local activities you always talk about but never seem to find time to take advantage of because of busy schedules.
Summer is prime time for county and city events and festivals. While some admission tickets can be pricey, there are often family nights or local discounts. Sometimes entrance can be had with donation of a canned food item! Look for free concerts, a demolition derby, or rodeos that provide hours of entertainment on the cheap.
Explore Nature in Your Back Yard
Whether in a rural or urban setting, most people aren’t too far from parks or trails. One of the best things about living in rural Colorado is the ability to be in the desert or mountains within a short period of time. Hiking, biking, fishing, and picnics are all cheap ways to enjoy the outdoors this summer.
To score bonus points in creativity, set up a scavenger hunt for the kids in a local park. You’ll not only stimulate their minds, but also tire them out from running all around in search of hidden items!
Visit the Library
Public libraries can be a treasure trove of free summer entertainment. Choices are no longer limited to books. Just last week, we took advantage of a two hour craft program, a free viewing of the Lego Movie, and checked out HBO’s True Detective for the grown-ups to enjoy at home.
Public libraries also lend things like eBooks, board games, and even laptop computers in some instances. If you haven’t been to the library lately, you could be missing out on free fun for the whole family.
Have a Progressive Dinner
Hosting a get together doesn’t have to be expensive, especially when you only need to provide one course. Progressive dinners start at one home where appetizers are served and then travel to other houses for salad/soup, dinner, and dessert. Dinner can be as elaborate or simple as you choose to make it and creates a great opportunity to connect with friends and family.
Foster a Pet
Summer is a great time to foster a pet. Pet expenses can certainly destroy a budget, but fostering can be great way to test the waters if you aren’t ready for the full commitment of pet ownership. Taking care of pets is also a great way to teach kids responsibility. Animal organizations cover all the vet and pet food bills, and you only need to provide love and support until your new, furry friend can find a forever home.
A Chance to Slow Down
With some planning and imagination, staying home can be a great way save on summer entertaining and offers a chance to slow down and spend quality time with family and friends. Lasting memories certainly don’t have to cost a fortune.
What are your best staycation ideas to save money?