Your money. Your life. Your voice.
Ok parents, the kids are going to be out of school in a matter of days. (The countdown is officially on in my household – Cael’s last day of school is next Friday.) The kids are thrilled, but as a parent, the new challenge is keeping the kiddos entertained all summer…and hopefully entertained on a budget.
Am I the only one who feels my family’s summer vacation is going to be more expensive this year? We can look directly at high gas prices as the major culprit. These prices are making airline travel more expensive, hotels more costly and food prices seem downright unreasonable. But we all deserve a break this summer, don’t we?
As a busy mom of three, I do all I can to be frugal. From “everything-must-go” nights (where I use anything in the fridge to make dinner instead of hitting up the grocery store) to no-eating-out challenges with my husband, we do all we can to cut corners and save year-round.
There are so many fun things for families to do over the next few months: baseball games, amusement parks, outdoor concerts and pool time fun. The tough part is figuring how much fun your budget can handle and what you may have to leave off the list. The good news is you don’t have to throw the budget away for the summer. There are plenty of inexpensive, and even FREE, family activities that will let you get out and have lots of fun.
No, it’s not something that sparkles or blooms. And no it’s not the gift of time, although I certainly suggest that gift as well! This gift shows mom you really listened to her all those years and even took action on her advice. Whether it’s paying off student debt or making sure to put 10 percent of your paycheck in savings, this Mother’s Day let mom know you have your financial life under control and she is one of the reasons why.
Clearly spring has sprung. You may be paying someone to mow your yard every weekend and you may be paying someone else to update your landscaping by mulching and planting. And you may be watching the money go out of your wallet just as quickly as it came in. Not fun, huh?