Summer is here and the three dreaded word that every parent hate to hear their children say, “Mom, I am bored”. If you are like me you are trying to save money and not spend a whole lot of time and energy on finding activities for your kids to do. I am here to give you tips and ideas on how to find frugal but fun summer activities for kids.
Frugal Summer Activities For Kids
1. Check Your Local Library
The library is the perfect source to have fun activities for your kids. I know at my local library they have reading program throughout the summer. This is great because it ensure that my kids keep reading while school is out. At some library they have different activities throughout the week and weekend. Guess what it is absolutely free.
2. Local Community Activities
Check your local newspaper or city Facebook can offer free summer activities for kids. My local city have movie on the lawn one Friday a month and it’s free. We bring our lawn chair and blanket and pack a dinner and watch movie on the lawn. Sign up for your city Facebook page to get free family activities. Some city Facebook will announce different organization that are having free or inexpensive family activities.
3. Arts and Craft
Doing arts and craft is one of my favorite activities. I am always on Pinterest finding ways to make slime or homemade bubbles. I have a craft bag that my kids can go in to make their own craft project. These simple products can be bought at our local dollar store or bough in bulk online at Amazon. Some of the amazing craft my kids enjoy making is:
Slime: Check out Sugar, Spice and Glitter homemade fluffy slime recipe here
Homemade Bubbles: Check out Artful Parent homemade bubbles recipe here
Homemade Moon Sand: Check out Lesson Learnt Journal moon sand recipe here
This is some just a few art and craft I do with my kids.
During the summer months my local movie theater offer discount movies. The movies are in the afternoon and they are previous movies that came out in the past. The cost is usually about $6.00 and it include the movie, popcorn and drink. This is a great way to have family time and staying cool at the same time.
5. Water Day
This is one of my kids favorite. Water Day consist of inexpensive pool or sprinkler and my kids go to town. It get really hot in Georgia and this is a great way for my kids to school off. Plus this wear them out. I got my pool from Wal-Mart and we is been in good use year after year.
I love the summer months it is a great way to spend time with you kids. If you are budget savvy it is easy to find frugal ways to have great summer activities with your kids.
With the holidays approaching trying to save money and time while shopping is essential. I am going to give you some tips on how to have a smooth and easy shopping trip to ALDI.
The Essential For Shopping
If you never shopped at ALDI before then you are going to need a couple of things.
Bring your own bag.
ALDI does not offer free bags to bag up your items and you have to bring your own bag. I have gotten bags from the Dollar Tree and different places. You want to get a good, large, quality bag for your items because you will have to bag up your own things and take them to the car.
ALDI shopping cart or buggies (that is what us country folks call it) have a quarter system. In order to get a shopping cart, you have to insert a quarter. Once you are doing you bring the shopping cart back to the rack and you get your shopping cart back.
ALDI is not your normal grocery store. You will not see shelf stock full of products but you will see a box full of products. Which make it great because it helps save money and it is another way to get a box to put your products in.
The Buying Guide
At ALDI you will not get a lot of name brand products. However, you will get a lot of ALDI brand products which is just as good as the name brand.
ALDI is known for the gluten-free line and Organic Food. The ALDI Simply Natural organic line is very good and reasonable price. The live gFree gluten line is popular for their gluten shoppers and it is really good.
ALDI is the cheapest when it comes to milk and eggs. I love that because our family goes through a lot of milk and eggs.
I have actually spent $100 dollars at ALDI and have fed my family of 4 for two weeks. If I am creative I can stretch it to three weeks. Check out Queen of Free website here and she has some great meal plans to save money while shopping at ALDI
I hope this helps you with your Holiday shopping at ALDI. I would love to hear how you save money during this Holiday Season.
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Coupon-ing has become the biggest rage in how to save money. People are buying name brand product and saving money pennies on the dollar. If you are not like me then you are not a die hard coupon-er but you liking saving. Today I am going to give you 5 ways you can save money and not use one coupon.
1) Discount Grocery stores.
The grocery bill in my home is one of my biggest expense. To help save some money I shop at discount grocery or smaller big box stores. My hometown have an ALDI, Sav-A-Lot, Shopper Value and a Food Depot. I buy all of my poultry, ground turkey, produce, snacks and etc. from these discount grocery stores. Only time I shop at the big box stores such as Kroger, Walmart or Publix is when the smaller stores do not have what I need. For example my kids love the variety pack on chips. At Walmart and Kroger the price can range from $5.99 to $6.99. I can get some variety pack of chips at ALDI or Sav-A-Lot for about $3.99. The chips are not name brand chips and it is the store generic brand but they taste just as good.
2) Liquidation/Discount stores.
I love shopping at discount and liquidation stores. One of my favorite stores is called Roses. At Roses I have bought name brand clothes for half the price. If you have a Roses or an other liquidation store in your are you will be surprise at somethings you will find. At Roses I have bought Old Navy, The Children Place, The Gap and even JC Penny clothes. Trust me you want to go to these type of stores you will be amazed at how much money you can save.
Goodwill and thrift stores is another great place to save money. I know there are some people who do not like second hand stores. At my Goodwill they have brand new clothes that comes from my local Walmart and Target with the tags still on them.
4) Cash back sites.
Cash back sites have been one of my favorite ways to earn extra money. With a rebate program it will give you cash back for shopping. I do a lot of my kids school shopping on line because they have a good sale or a good clearance discount. When I do shop online I shop through EBATES. With EBATES I get cash back when I shop. I use that extra money toward Christmas, Summer Vacations and Family OUTING. Let me give a DISCLAIMER. YOU WILL NOT MAKE A SIX FIGURE SALARY WILL REBATES AND CASH BACK SITES.There are some sites and blogger that claim that you can make six figures for shopping for a small fee. It you come across that then RUN AWAY. Most sites offer a small percentage but not enough for you to make a living off of it.
5) Clearance and Off Season Items.
I do a lot of my school and holiday shopping off season. The reason why I do this is because some of the product are reduce by 50 to sometime 90 percent. Shopping this way has allowed me to save a lot of money. Plus it help me to avoid some of the holiday rush. For example, my daughter school has just started. Every year we get a school supply. What I do is I buy the school supplies that she need for her current grade. Then I wait until stores start marking down their school supplies and I buy her school supplies for next year school.
I hope my tips will help you to save a little cash without couponing.
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