Budget Friendly Summer Fun!

In budget, You, Your Guest Writers on May 14, 2010 at 7:32 AM

by:  Kristl

   The Budget Diet

Image by Jeremy Doorten


Be prepared for the “I’m bored” syndrome this summer with a few budget friendly summer fun ideas! 

Field Trips:    Plan a field trip every week this summer!   Here’s how…

            #1.  Start by taking your kids to the local library to find some books on your area.

            #2.  Do a simple search:  Free Things to do in (my city).   You’ll be amazed what comes up!

            #3.  Let each child make a list of what they would like to see & do!  Set a budget limit!

            #3.  Think beyond museums and amusement parks…think budget friendly fun like:  a visit to the farmer’s    market,  berry picking, check out different area playgrounds & rate them or take a tour of an area factory! 

            #4.  Pack a picnic lunch!


Summer Book Swap:   A fun way to kick-off a summer of reading!  Here’s how…

            #1.  Invite friends (in the same grade) to bring 3 used paperback books at their current reading level.

            #2.  After the children arrive, display the books on a large table or two.

            #3.  Draw numbers for the order in which the children will choose a book.  If there are 10 children at the party, put numbers 1 – 10 into the drawing.

            #4.  Round 1 begins!  The child that drew #1 picks a book, then #2 takes a turn and so on.

            #5.  Before beginning Round 2, draw numbers again.

            #6.  After the final round, make bookmarks (using scrap paper, markers & assorted stickers) & let the children make their own ice cream  sundaes.

            #7.  HAPPY SUMMER READING!


Fun at Home:

            #1.  Start a summer tradition of having sundaes on Saturday!

            #2.  Family Game Day

            #3.  Family Puzzle Day

            #4.  Taste Test…try different brands of frozen pizza & ice cream, eat & vote for the family favorite!

            #5.  Water Painting…it’s painting without the mess!  You’ll need a bucket of water, a big  fat paint brush & let your child have fun “painting” the driveway, the fence or the picnic table!

            #6.  Lemonade Stand!

            #7.  Teach your children to cook!  Have “cooking school” one day each week, and let your children choose the recipes!  If you don’t have a children’s cookbook, a trip to the library is in order!

            #8.  Plant a garden!

Bonus Feature

Celebrate your child’s next birthday with these creative and budget friendly party ideas!

Garden Party 

1st Birthday Party

Amazing Race Party

Carnival Birthday Party

The Budget Diet is a diet for your wallet…not your waistline!  You’ll discover new money saving tips everyday to help you slim down your daily spending!  The Budget Diet girl Is not a financial planner or an accountant…just a mom that knows how to live the good life on a budget!  Follow The Budget Diet on Facebook and Twitter .

  1. Thanks for these excellent and creative tips Kristl! I really like your cooking school idea; what a wonderfully fun and meaningful way to spend time with little ones.

  2. I am hoping to go one place with my kids every week this summer. They actually made the list themselves and pinned it to my fridge. My favorite is they want to go to “Kalefoyrna”.

  3. Hi Amy, Thanks for stopping by! It sounds like you and your children are going to have a lot of fun this summer. Got to love and appreciate kid spelling! 🙂 Though, sometimes, my spelling isn’t much better. 😦

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