The school year is over or almost over. Have you thought about what to do this summer to keep your kids occupied and stimulated? By the time mid-summer rolls around, kids are sick of playing in the yard, have been to the pool a million times, and are begging you to take them some place fun. In this economy, this can get expensive for some. Here is a list of free (or almost free) things to do this summer:
Early this spring, our family received a letter in the mail notifying us that the price of water was going to increase by 17%, effective immediately. With seven people in our family, we probably use a little more water than the average family for baths, laundry, and dishes, but it is our large garden that requires the most water of all.
We have many wonderful museums and galleries in the KC area, but the best thing of all is that a lot of them are FREE!!!!!
One of my favorites is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I have memories of going there as a child on field trips, accompanying my children on their field trips, and now enjoying visits with my children as adults. Hopefully...someday...with grandchildren!
Here is a list of many other museums in the area that are free:
My issue is not that I don’t want to spend money on the holidays; it’s that I don’t have any money to spend in the first place. I’m a college student, and I follow the financial stereotype of my office to the letter. When the holidays roll around, it feels like I should eat something a little nicer than usual, but it seems silly to cook a huge meal for just myself. So, after some thinking and inspiration, I’ve come up with ways to make a holiday meal for one on a tight budget.
Birthday gifts, gas prices, childcare, groceries! You name it, we are paying for it. It’s always nice to save money with savvy shopping, but you may not be aware there are other financial corners we can cut in our daily lives as well.