Provides Tips for Summer Fun on a Budget
June 11, 2012 - - Temperatures are climbing,
school is out, and everyone’s ready to get outside to enjoy the
sunshine. However, keeping the kids (and yourself) entertained
can put a strain on your wallet. Here are some ideas to have fun
in the sun without breaking the bank.
Want to spend a day at the water park? For a family of
four, admission alone can cost more than $100, and then you have
to factor in concessions, parking, gas for travel, and so on.
Rather than spending all that money for a day in the pool with
hundreds of people, try organizing a neighborhood water park
party. Each family that gets involved contributes something to
the event: food, a slip n' slide, water guns/balloons, prizes,
and whatever else you like. Keep it low-key and simple, or go
all out with a grand theme; it's up to you.
How about going to a baseball game? Costs can really add
up when you calculate admission, travel, concessions and other
expenses. One alternative is to attend a minor league game
rather than a major league match-up. Northwoods League game
prices are usually less than $10, and you can cut down on the
cost of concessions by tailgating or grilling out at home before
What about the fair? State and county fairs and local
carnivals are a lot of fun, but the expenses can add up quickly.
Food, games, rides and souvenirs all factor into the total cost
of the trip. To keep costs down, lay out a budget before you get
to the fairgrounds. Allot specific amounts for games,
concessions, and rides. You can also look through newspapers and
online for coupons.
And remember to take advantage of events that are taking place
locally. Explore Discoverwisconsin.com or the Bucky Book to see
what your community has in store for the summer months. Making a
few substitutions and taking the time to research best prices
will help you have a fun, frugal summer.
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