Summertime is one of the best times to create lasting memories. Whether it’s going to a local park or taking a weekend road trip, you don’t have to break the bank to have a great time this summer.
Here are four inexpensive things you can do this summer to create amazing memories while saving your money:
- Movies in the park. Many cities around the country offer free or low-cost movies in a community park. Sometimes, local cable companies and radio stations host these events. Similar to the drive-in movie experience, there is a huge projection screen for everyone to watch the film. You can bring a blanket, lawn chairs, and a few snacks to enjoy the sunset and a movie in a laid-back environment. These movies are often kid-friendly, so it can be a great way to have a family movie night that the kids will remember for years to come.
- During the summer, many community libraries offer live storybook readings for small children and free book clubs for teens. If you’re really lucky, you might even be able to catch a puppet show production! Getting the community involved is a unique way to make reading fun and interactive. It can also be a great way for children to make friendships based on a love for literacy. Libraries are full of all kinds of resources, like job training, discounts on community events, free Internet access, and more. Saving money on books is just the beginning of the opportunities available at your local public library!
- Packing up the car and hitting the road to go camping is a quintessential American summer tradition. Summertime is arguably the best time to go since there is less concern about the inconveniences of snow and rain. To avoid campground fees and the hassle of a drive to the country, camping in your own yard is a great alternative. Backyard camping combines the experience of being outdoors with the comfort, simplicity, and conveniences of being at home.
- Visiting the coast to spend time in nature is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and keep expenses down. Depending on the coastlines you’re closest to, there are a variety of options when it comes to activities. Some people have access to coastal beaches and hiking trails. Or maybe you have access to a lake or river, where you can go tubing and spend time enjoying the local wildlife. If you have neither, consider your local community swimming pool. Sometimes, you can find free swim days and community events as well.
Whatever your budget for summer activities may be, there are many ways you and your family can create lasting memories.
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