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A New View on 2020 Summer Plans

I can say with certainty this summer will look completely different than any other experienced in our lifetime. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, people were unknowingly looking forward to the spring and summer months. There was the usual excitement for the warmer weather, pool or lake time, baseball, and maybe a vacation. Then, so much about our world turned upside down. Many people found themselves in a completely different financial situation than the one they started with in 2020, and cancelled their summer plans due to safety or monetary constraints. This week I’m going to share ideas for holding onto a bit of that summer magic while staying safe. Please keep in mind safety protocols and social distancing are recommended in all cases.

Free or Low-Cost Outings

One of my favorite things about Kansas City is all that we have access to for free or low-cost around the city. Each pocket of town has something unique to experience, and there are multiple places to find affordable activities. A few of my favorite websites are KC Parent and Kansas City on the Cheap, where you’ll find a published list of what’s open and available. I also suggest exploring nature trails outside of your nearby surroundings. Check out what’s available in another city on the opposite side of town and take a break from the norm. Your family will love the adventure.

Attend a Friend’s Baseball Game

We desperately miss seeing our boys in blue. Although the stadium experience is not easily replicated, many youth and adult leagues are back in action and playing again. Consider attending a friend or loved one’s game and make it an experience. Bring some popcorn and a cold drink along, and don’t forget to wear your favorite baseball gear. Not only will you enjoy the warm temperatures and the fun of the game-viewing experience, but you’ll also make someone’s day by coming and supporting.

Splash your Feet

Most of the local pools have closed, but it can’t be denied that making a splash is a quintessential part of summer. Many blow-up pools are in short supply due to high demand, but sprinkler connections are still readily available. Just hook up your hose and bring it back to the pre-pool days of summer. If you don’t have easy access to a pool, fear not. Gel beads are all the rage this summer and are a cheap, easy and fun way to get some water play in. Just be sure to check age requirements.

Although a great deal has changed, summer doesn’t have to be canceled. With these tips, you’ll be enjoying the sunshine again in no time!

Kat’s Money Corner is posted in the Kansas City Star every week. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little ones, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, follow us on Twitter @CommunityAmerCU.


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