Having a fun and interesting summer doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg or keep you from meeting your financial goals. With a little imagination and planning, you can create a memorably fun summer for your whole family without spending a lot of money. Here are our frugal tips for a fun summer:
Throw a Potluck Party
A great way to host your friends and family without going broke is to throw a potluck barbecue or party. You provide the main dish and everyone else brings a side dish, beverage, or dessert. This is a fun way for your friends and family to show off their favorite recipes, and for everyone to get together for a fun meal without anyone having to spend a lot of money. A potluck can easily be combined with other fun (and free) activities, like hosting a board game or movie night. If everyone seems to enjoy the potluck, you can make it a regular occurrence and perhaps take turns hosting.
Go on a Family Picnic
A picnic at a scenic park or lake makes even a simple lunch or dinner feel special and is a good way to enjoy the warmer summer weather. Once a week or so, pack up simple but tasty treats like sandwiches, hummus with pita bread, a rotisserie chicken, and cheese and crackers. Grab a comfy blanket you don’t mind getting dirty and pack up the family for a drive to one of your favorite local outdoor spots.
Start a Neighborhood Day Camp
If camp isn’t in the budget this year, but your kids get bored easily during summer break, consider starting an informal neighborhood day camp. One way to do this is for the parents in your neighborhood to take turns hosting “camp” once a week or so, and entertaining the kids for a day. Free days at local children’s or science museums, a nature hike, or a day spent playing educational games together are some ideas. The kids will be entertained and enjoy socializing, and the parents will get some alone time when it’s not their turn to host the camp.
Go Explore the Great Outdoors
Finding provincial or federal wilderness areas and parks in your area is a great way to spend quality time with your loved ones in the great outdoors. Hiking is free, and camping and renting a canoe or kayak is usually quite affordable. Spending time in nature will remind you how beautiful Canada is and help your family bond and create new summer memories.
Have a Beach Day
If you live near a coastline or lake why not have a beach day as a family or with a group of friends? All you need is some sunscreen, snacks, a bathing suit, and a good book to read. Spending a day at the beach is relaxing and really makes you feel like you’re making the most of your summer.
Here at Fluent we hope you and your family have an amazing summer!