Looking for ways to have fun this summer but not spend a ton of money? Aren’t we all! Costs soar during the summer. The electric bill goes sky high, all the trips to the ice cream parlor, the pool(or pool membership), countless water guns because ours never seem to last more than one squirt..Needless to say, I am always looking for low cost, big fun things to do. Or ways to save money in general.
One big thing I’ve done to save money is switch the times I do the most cooking. Instead of cooking dinner at 5:00 when the house has been heating up all day, I cook at lunch. We either have our “dinner” for lunch, or just heat it up later. The crockpot also comes in handy these days.
On to the fun!
Water tableThis little gem was a birthday present for kidlet last year. It held up through last summer & is still in great shape. I think it was about $35-$40 at Walmart. This particular one is a fishing table. I routinely switch the “theme” out though. Today they were fishing. I’ll take the fishing stuff out and throw in a ton of plastic floating balls, the kind from a ball pit. Another we like is boats and guys or even a bunch of animals. I can’t forget just the good ole water guns and bath squirters!
Crafting is another super cheap, stay cool way to have fun.Alot of the time I have a set craft or activity in mind. Sometimes the best ones(and the ones that last the longest) are the open ones. I put a bunch of craft type things on the table and they make whatever they like. Craft sticks, glue, googly eyes, newspaper, ….Big kid also really like bead projects. The kind where you make a pattern or shape out of beads and melt them together with an iron. Yeah, he does alot of those.
Break out your old toys!I’ve always loved making potato heads so this was really pretty fun. Find some toys you haven’t played with in awhile and give them some love.
Splash pad/parks. Most cities have splash parks that are free. Ours has two. This one is a our local farmers market(also another fun and cheap thing to do!).
Don’t forget about your local library! We have been to ours a couple mornings each week so far this summer. They usually offer really fun activities. We saw a magic show, balloon show, had a petting zoo visit.. Those are a few of our favorite cheap or free summer activities. What are yours?