Overspending on vacations. Day trips that wind up more pricey than planned. Keeping the kids entertained on a boring day. Summer can get very expensive, very quickly!
This year I’m determined to keep a lid on those costs. I’ve come up with a plan to have lots of carefree summertime fun without dipping into savings or running up a credit card.
Here’s what I’m going to do.
Avoid food fights
When I think about past summers where the $20 bills seemed to disappear from my wallet every time we left the house, it usually had to do with certain someone’s (a.k.a. my two growing boys) getting hungry or thirsty just as we’d come upon a hot dog cart or pass a Dunkin’ Donuts. And like the cool mom I am, a good percentage of the time I’d give in to their pleas.
- 2015 plan: This time around, no more Mrs. Nice Mom. Well, I’ll still be nice, but I’m going to make sure that the boys eat and drink up before we head out, and I’m going to stash a go bag with icy bottled water (our own reusable bottles, that is) and healthy snacks from the house. Better for everyone’s nutrition, and my pocketbook. That’s not to say we’ll never enjoy a treat out, but it won’t be a daily occurrence.