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I’m excited to introduce you to Carol from My Centsable Home (gotta love the name!) where she blogs about Creating a Beautiful Life, Centsably.

This is a guest post here at Making It Pay To Stay on how to have summer fun without spending a fortune!

From Carol:

Summer is here and as the temperature heats up Mommas are looking for ways to keep the kids entertained on a budget.

As a Momma of seven, I’ve heard little and not so little voices saying ‘I’m boredddddd” more times than I can count.

“We all want to have fun with our kiddos and create Summer memories. But

[Tweet “Summer fun can really break the bank if you aren’t careful.”]”

Here are just a few of our favorite Summertime activities that won’t put a strain on your budget:

  • Check your community calendar for fun and free events. Festivals and parades can become a fun family tradition. Keep an eye out for free outdoor concerts and sporting events for the whole family.


  • Hit the beach. For our entire family to spend the day at our local pool would cost us roughly $30 dollars, not including the fuel to get there and a stop at the irresistible snack shack. We are blessed to live ten minutes away from a beautiful lake. The kiddos and I pack a cooler with frugal snacks and plenty of drinks and hit the beach for a frugal day of fun in the sun. I estimate our savings at about $25 per trip, and nothing says Summer like a day at the beach!


  •  Our local theater has free movies for the kiddos during the Summer months.The noon matinee is a great way to escape the heat. We skip the expensive theater refreshments and hit up our favorite fast food chain after the movie for some ice cream instead. Many fast food joints offer a free baby cone for the littles, and you can order dollar menu or use coupons for the rest for a fraction of the cost of theater goodies. Another option would be to borrow a free movie from the library or use a Redbox promo code to get a free rental.


  • To keep learning going through the Summer months, sign the kiddos up for the Summer reading program at your local library. Most libraries have prizes and activities that go along with the theme of the program. Best of all, it’s free!
With a little creativity, you can find ways to have fun this Summer and stay on your budget!
What are your favorite ways to have some Summer fun on the cheap?