Tips for Creating Lasting Summer Memories on a Budget | St. Johns Bank

Summer is coming fast, which means your kids are going to be out of school in just a few short weeks. While they are probably already busy creating their lists of everything they want to do this summer, you might be worrying about how you are going to finance all of the fun that they are dreaming up.

With everything so expensive these days, it can be hard to budget for all of the activities, events and family fun. Even so, you deserve to make those summer memories with your kids!

We offer up some easy ways to save money when you can while still giving your kids the experience of an action-packed summer:

Take It Outside

Spending time in the bright sunshine is one of the perks of the summer season, and best of all, it is completely free! Take advantage of the amazing parks system in our community by hiking, biking and playing your way through the summer.

Just be sure to check for any parking fees beforehand so you can be prepared if needed.

Pack Wisely

If you are planning to splurge and buy passes for a family-friendly activity, you are most likely already spending enough money just to get in the door. However, the spending doesn’t just stop when you get your tickets! Food, drink and souvenir prices can be inflated in venues like these, so pack some provisions ahead of time so you are prepared.

Bagged lunches, snacks and a refillable water bottle can save you a ton of money when it comes time for lunch, and you can save your money for something more memorable like a small trinket or souvenir from the gift shop.

Make Memories, Not Plans

It can be really fun to go out and do all of these elaborate activities, but it can also be stressful and expensive for parents or caregivers. Instead, consider putting a twist on some activities and having them at home instead.

Instead of spending money on movie tickets, popcorn, snacks and drinks to see a film at the theater, for example, host an outdoor movie night in your own backyard. You can control your budget for food, choose a movie that you already own and decorate the space with lights and blankets.

Going out and doing activities may be fun, but we would bet that your kids will remember the at-home activities and the effort you put into them for a lifetime.

Contact us today for more information about how we can help you save more money for your summer activities. We are here to support your financial future!