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Saving Money on Summer Fun

Kids and adults alike need to amuse themselves during the long summer days. There are many local concerts, fairs and events, beaches, camping, vacations, and more. This is a guide to saving money on summer fun.


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May 24, 2010 Flag

School is almost out! A great surprise gift idea for elementary-aged children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews is a 'Summer of Fun' surprise package. Try to think of all the things you loved as a child. Your grandchild, child or niece/nephew will probably have a little of you in them. I did this last summer and my granddaughter was absolutely delighted!

Fill the box with the following:

This gift will not cost you tons (you can get a lot of the things at your local dollar store), but a surprise (for no reason) summer fun box, will bring hours of delight to the young ones. :)

Have fun!

By Gooby from Straughn, IN

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June 24, 20110 found this helpful

thanks so much for posting this. My 4 1/2 yr old twin grands are coming for a visit for a week next month and this idea will make Grammy look great!

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July 25, 2011 Flag

This weekend, we attended Celebrate Hillsboro, an annual summer event provided by the businesses and city of Hillsboro, Oregon. There was live music, bouncy castles and slides for the kids, biking and futsal events, food and craft vendors, as well as an extended Farmers Market. At noon, there an attempt to break the Guinness world record for most people yo-yoing at the same time (I think we did it!). Best of all, it was entirely free (except for the snowcones and snacks the kids "needed").


There are tons of free or cheap events throughout the summer month for all ages. We have an art walk on the first Tuesday of every month, weekly farmer's markets in different locations around the city, free kids programs at the local parks, outdoor movies on Thursday nights, and on and on. Later this summer, we are looking forward to going to the Washington County Fair. It is shaping up to be a fun and frugal summer!

By Jess from Hillsboro, OR

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July 31, 20110 found this helpful

I don't get out much, but I was able to attend a performance of "Annie Get your Gun" earlier this summer. They "passed the hat" and concessions were offered, but there was no admission fee. Free or nearly so is great!

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June 6, 2008 Flag

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Summer time is coming and gas prices are sky high. Here is advice from the ThriftyFun community to keep boredom at bay without spending much money. Do you have any tips for saving money on summer fun?


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August 25, 2010 Flag

Living on a tight budget is hard. We try to make it easier by finding cheap or free things to do with our boys. They are age 5 and 3. I have found all kinds of free museums and parks to explore.

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May 29, 2013 Flag

If you make gatorade pops for the summer and spring, it will be really good for when the kids come in from a day of activity. Ice cubes are nice too for cups of gatorade so that it won't be diluted down.

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May 26, 2010 Flag

At the end of every school year, I have the kids make a "Summer Fun List." I make one too. At the end of the summer, we see what we accomplished.

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July 26, 2011 Flag

We are very lucky, we live near the beach. The sad part is that almost NONE of our gorgeous beaches in New Jersey are free. So in order to get in some wonderful beach time, we have learned the tricks and tips that will get us the most " bang for our buck".

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May 28, 2014 Flag

I know in Virginia, we have an awesome program called Hands On Greater Richmond. It is a volunteer database full of opportunities for kids and adults to give their time, learn something new, meet new people and to earn volunteer credit hours towards their graduation goals!

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