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Summer time fun does not have to be an endless drain on the wallet: Here are 10 ways thrifty people have fun in the sun.
1.We buy our ice-cream with coupons.
Dairy Queen has a Blizzard Fan Club that sends out buy one get one free coupons every other month. Cold Stone Creamery often has coupons in the Sunday paper and you can often purchase discounted gift cards through Cardpool.Plus don’t forget to ask for a frequent buyer card. Join the Birthday Club at Baskin- Robbins for coupons every month. Daily deal sites like Groupon have also been known to deliver great deals for local ice-cream parlors as well.
2.We buy our camping supplies at yard sales and off Craigslist
Our family has a tent trailer purchased for half of what a new one cost thanks to Craigslist. I have gotten all the supplies we needed for inside it from yard sales including extra dishes, bedding, camping lanterns and this year even lantern fuel.
3. We attend Summer Library Programs
Free plays, concerts and even coupons for free food when my children meet certain reading requirements.
The library also has great resources for rainy day fun with dvd’s and crafting books.
4.We take advantage of Happy Hours
Ice cream floats and slushy drinks are a great summer treat, and they are more affordable when enjoyed at half price during the hours of 2 to 5 at various fast food stores. Check websites of fast food joints in your town for details
5.We take in movies for free
Local movie theaters often have a one showing only free movie one day a week all summer long. The movies are often already out on DVD but on a day where the heat is unbearable and we still want to hang out with our friends seeking refuge in a theater sounds like fun even if the movie is old.
6. We bowl for free
Okay so our family does not actually do this but if we had a bowling alley near us that offered the kids bowl free program we certainly would take part.
7.We pack our snacks and lunches when we go on day trips
Most zoo’s and water parks will allow you to exit and return to their facility to eat lunch simply by showing them your receipt or hand stamp or wristband. Some however won’t so make sure you know the rules before you pack.
If we find a place that doesn’t allow us to bring our own food or go out to eat it we often make sure the kids have an extra large snack before entering and then purchase just a hot dog or a hamburger to tie them over until we are done the event.
8. We take advantage of local state parks
State parks in our area charge $5 for a car load. Once you are in the gates you can swim at the beach, hike the trails, explore the nature room and much more.
Camping in a state park is also a lot less expensive than most private parks. In our state a night of camping in a “plugged in” site is under $20 and a primitive site (no electric/water) is even less.
9.We attend church events
My children have enjoyed basketball camp, art camp, reading camp and your traditional vacation bible school all for free. All were sponsored by local area churches. All were top notch camps enjoyed by all my children.
10. We attend free community events
Concerts in the park. Car shows. Fourth of July fireworks. All free and fun for the whole family.