Summer’s right around the corner, and with that comes the end of school and the start of a long break. What’s a mom on a budget to do? Here are a few tips that can help cut some corners and make summer a blast.
Grab powdered juice packets instead of soda at the supermarket. With negligible prep time, you’ll have a healthier drink for the kids at less than half the cost. (Plus, those juices make great popsicles.)
Warmer weather means the farmers’ markets are open. Shop there for in-season fruits and vegetables. You’ll get the freshest produce, often for a fraction of the grocery store price.
Save jeans with holey knees. Cut off the legs, hem the bottom, and you’ve got a cheap set of shorts ready for the playground.
Patronize your neighborhood library. Nowadays, libraries have more than books to borrow: with children’s events to attend and DVDs, CDs, and tapes to check out, everyone will be happy. Besides, it’s worlds cheaper to head to the library for some quiet and air conditioning than going to the movie theater.
Sprinklers and five gallon buckets make great outdoor toys when on a budget. Slather everybody in sunscreen, jump into a swimsuit, and invite the whole neighborhood for an afternoon of water fun!