The summer can be a pretty expensive time what will all those BBQ’s, pool parties, vacations, and day trips. Then there’s all the extra cost of daily basics like sunscreen, mosquito repellent, and enough ice cream to feed an army. However, if you are worried that your bank balance will combust in the heat, there are some steps to help you keep a hold of your finances while still having some family fun. Read the post below to find out what they are.
Shop for summer clothes in the sales
Believe it or not, it’s around this point in the year that many fashion stores start to discount summer garments. Something that means you can kit out the kid with plenty of shorts and shirts for fun in the sum without it costing you a fortune.
Of course, savvy spenders will also wait until early July to buy their own summer clothing items as well, including things like the swim shorts and shirts that you will be pleased to find out are in the John Henric sale. Something that will ensure you look stylish and are dressed for the heat without having to empty your savings.
Make each day fun
While many families focus on the one or two weeks they’re on vacation; not everyone has the resources to go away for a long time. In fact, a much more financially savvy way to run things in the summer is to make every day fun.
Luckily, this isn’t too tough to do because you can easily set exciting projects for the kids, including researching particular topics they are interested like The Romans, or Sea Mammals.
Alternatively, you can organize competitive games for them and their neighborhood friends, or even get them involved in a community project where they get to try new things and mix with new people. It can also help to provide small rewards and treats as well bought from the dollar store, as this will help keep things fun too.
Make your own food
How much money do you think you spend on ice cream and lollies each summer? Probably a lot, if you kids are anything like mine, as they want one every two minutes to help them cool down. Happily, you can save a fortune by making your own, something that is incredibly easy to do.
In fact, all you need are some lolly molds, and you can choose what to fill them with yourself. For dads that want to provide a healthier option, a low sugar cordial with pieces of fresh fruit can work well. Although, the occasional soda lolly with sherbet belts frozen in place can be a fun treat too.
You can even have a go at making your own ice cream or frozen yogurt as well, which you can flavor yourself and then add your favorite toppings too. Something that the kids can help you do, as well as just scoff at the end, and that they are bound to think is fun!
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