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Although a lot of summer fun can be free, such as attending library programs, and visiting local parks there are other events that do cost money, such enjoying a swim in the local pool, or going camping for a weekend.
Here are 4 ideas of how to come up with funds for summer fun
Hold a Yard Sale
Tell the children that all the funds from the yard sale will go to summer fun and you will be amazed what they will be willing to let go of.
Checkout my article on tips on how to hold an successful yard sale.
Have A Craigslist Weekend
My family has done this 3 years in a row with different projects in mind. This year we are earmarking the funds for a summer anniversary trip for just mom and dad. However, summer fun would be another great use for the cash.
Spend one 2 to 3 hour period combing through your home and storage areas for large items to sell. Spend a bit of time cleaning them up and listing them and then plan to stick close to home for a few days as you answer calls, emails, show items and sell.
Checkout my article on tips for selling on Craigslist
Drop An Expense Over The Summer Months
I once met a family who ditched their cable every summer and spent what they saved on family summer activities. When the weather turned cold again they turned the cable back on.
You could also try eating out less, or stopping children’s activities over the summer months and earmarking those funds for summer fun. Perhaps you belong to a gym but you tend to exercise outdoors all summer long; could your membership fees be dropped during the warm weather months?
Pick Up Extra Items At Yard Sales To Resell
One summer I made enough for our family to go camping for 4 nights and buy the supplies we needed by simply picking up inexpensive items at yard sales that had more value on eBay than what I paid for them.
You will need to be willing to study up what sells well before you attempt this, and be willing to take a bit of a gamble (sometimes things I thought would sell for sure didn’t). My rule was always if I could not resell it at my own yard sale for more than I paid for it I was not buying it to try to sell on eBay that way I at least made some profit somewhere.
Check out my article on tips for selling on eBay
For a list of 52 different websites, apps, and stores our thrifty family uses to help us keep our expenses low, click here to visit our Thrifty Tools Resource Page.
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