With summer approaching, now is a great time to think about your plans to enjoy your free time. It’s easy to spend wildly as the options for entertainment and travel can get quite expensive. There are, however, lots of budget-friendly ways you can have fun or plan an inexpensive vacation or staycation. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for your summer planning.
1. Set a budget
To keep from overspending that may strain your finances, sit down and establish a budget. Also, be sure to set a realistic budget. While that trip to Disney World may be what you have in mind, only do it if it’s possible. If it’s not in the budget this year, plan ahead for next year and start saving toward it now.
2. Think about alternate lodging options
Vacation rentals or private homes are great options that may be cheaper than a hotel. Websites like VRBO and HomeAway are great sites to browse for these options. One benefit is that most of these rentals have kitchens which allow you to cook your meals versus heading out to an expensive restaurant every meal.
3. Search for special offers
Companies like Groupon or Living Social have getaway deals that just might work for you. They also have great deals on other entertainment such as theme parks, painting classes or skeet shooting. Let the internet be your friend! And who knows, you may find a location you never thought you’d visit.
4. Go camping
A quick Google search shows there are more than 15 free camping sites in the state of Georgia. If you don’t own camping equipment, ask family members or friends. Camping is a great way to unwind from your busy lives and can be very affordable.
Instead of spending money heading out of town, look for ways to volunteer with your family around your community. Not only will you be doing a good deed for others, it will be a special bonding time you’ll be able to share with your family. It’s a win-win for all involved!
6. Look for free events
Concerts or movies in the park, art festivals or open-mic comedy nights are just a few free events you can probably find. Utilize the internet or check a local paper for listings around your area.
No matter your financial situation, everyone deserves to have a little fun throughout the year and summer is a great time to find affordable entertainment. Hopefully this gives you a few ideas on how to enjoy your summer without breaking the bank!
Source: U.S. News & World Report