1.) Have A BBQ At A Local Park: Take advantage of low priced charcoal during this time of the year and grab some burgers and hotdogs. Host a potluck at your free local park or in home with family and friends. Hosting a potluck is a great way to cut costs of hosting big get together’s and also usher in new opportunities to try different foods. Stay organized and assign ahead of time types of dishes you would like to expect, as always make sure to keep all the foods family and kid friendly. Or at least bring 2 different versions of dishes, if they are gong to be spicy just bring 1 version of it being mild.
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2.) Turn Off The A/C: When spring kicks in turn off the air conditioning during the day and open up some windows, let the fresh air roam in your home as you enjoy your lower electricity bill.
3.) Invest In A Quality Cooler: Ice is almost always cheap to buy in bulk during the summer. I’ve seen 5lb bags as low as $1 at my local grocery stores. Turn off your air in your house and unplug all non essentials, then throw some ice, drinks and snacks in a cooler and take your kids to the park. Your kids will enjoy getting out of the house as you enjoy them getting all that bundled up energy out before you head home. Plus it will give them a quick to fall asleep full nights sleep leaving you with oodles of quiet time. Read a book or catch up on your shows, do whatever helps you relax.
4.) Look Up Local Free Activities: Every county offers free activities during the spring and summer time. These activities are usually themed and do not require you to pay a cent. The only cost to you is the gas to commute to each location, which shouldn’t be much since they are located in your area. Check with your local community center to see if they have any printouts of local free activities or research it online with Google. Many restaurants will host free kids nights which are free with purchase of adult meals. Check with your local favorite restaurants with specific dates and times available.
5.) Make Your Own Ice Cream: This is defiantly my kids favorite pass times in the summer, they love to make their own ice cream and then have an ice cream party. The best part about this is that you can basically create the device to make it with stuff you already have in your home! (SEE VIDEO ABOVE) Customize your ice cream experience and make different flavors. Instead of using regular milk substitute with your choice of milk with almond milk, coconut milk or even soy milk! The possibilities are endless with this fun filled activity. This is also a fun sleepover activity that any kid would surely enjoy.
6.) Buy Fruit While On Sale Than Freeze: One of the best times of the year to buy fruit is during its harvest time during the spring and summer time. I’ve seen some amazing sales and many times I hear “how are you going to eat that?”. My response is always “Well I’m going to freeze it of course!” I love taking ziplock bags and filling them with different fruit combinations. These ziplock bags are portioned to feed up to 2 people when I make my home made smoothie shakes. I switch and combine different fruits depending on the rotations of fruits on sale. You can also buy quality freezer bags and freeze each fruit individually to make simple baked deserts in the fall and winter time. Always make sure when your freezing for the long run that you are properly sealing your bags to deter your fruits from becoming freezer burnt.
7.) Picnic’s: Don’t waste electricity eating in your home, pack up some sandwiches and head out to your local park! No sweeping o vacuuming is required in this activity so you will save oodles of your own energy with this activity. Many picnic style foods go on sale during spring and summer so take advantage of them. Buy in bulk and prep meals for up to a week in advance, the freezer is your best friend when prepping meals and researching take along meals will help spark the inner chief in you.
8.) Keep Empty Reusable Water Bottles Handy: Always keep empty reusable water bottles handy during the summer. Filling up at water fountains can reduce you costs of hydration tremendously. If you are worried about the quality of filtration in the water fountains you can always purchase a quality reusable water bottle with a built in filtration. Fill up where ever possible and take it on the go with you and your family.