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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ten Things to do This Summer for $1 or Less | Family Economics

By Trisha

It’s no secret that economic times are hard and that everyone is pinching pennies. However, don’t think that you have to splurge on long-distance road trips and tropical cruises to ensure that everyone has a good time this summer. Here are a few tips for $1 or less to keep in mind when your kids are hit with a dose of the summer blues:

1.    Make homemade snow cones. Click here for a recipe using drink mix

2.    Check your local movie theaters to see if they have summer specials going on.

3.    Check participating restaurants, bookstores and libraries for free reading programs.

4.    Stop by a local fast food restaurant for an ice cream, french fries or other dollar menu treats.

5.    Find local factory tours in your area by visiting

6.    Participating home supply stores offer workshops for kids and adults for free. Click here or here for more information.    

7.    Check your local craft stores to see if they have free craft days for your kids.

8.    Target free museum days. Click here for to find a list of museums near you.

9.    See if your local radio stations, TV stations, newspaper or fire station offer free tours.

10.    Volunteer to help seek out community service opportunities that your children can participate in from cleaning a local park, to helping collect items for your local food bank.

If you’re willing to spare a couple of dollars to provide some fun opportunities for your kids where they enjoy free activities, consider the following options:

•    Sign your kids up for free bowling at – only pay for the shoes!

•    Find local restaurants where your kids can eat for free when you purchase an adult meal. These two websites are a great resource: and

What are some low-cost ways you help entertain your kids during the summer?

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On Friday, June 1, 2012, melanie wrote

Try free waterparks, or go to a different park in your city... Scope out ones with bathroom facilities avalaible for a more enjoyable time... The YMCA here offers lots of free activities for kids, like swimmong art and sports with a membership and subsidies are avaliable...

On Wednesday, May 30, 2012, momisbestjob in Tacoma wrote

I got the idea to try a new park in the area each week. Thankfully we live in a large city so there are lots of parks to choose from & many have been remodeled. I can go to the parks website & print off a list of parks....I have lived her my entire life & I didn't even know about some of them!


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