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Affordable ways to spend your summer with the kids

With the kids out of school, it can be challenging to find ways to keep the summertime fun without breaking your budget. If you’re struggling to keep your finances together, follow these low-cost ideas to have some fun with your kids.


Volunteering is a great way to help teach kids about the good they can spread in the world while also having fun! Get together with your child to pick out one volunteer organization to help out at twice per month.

If your child like animals, you may want to try volunteering at a humane society. Other types of volunteer opportunities could include wildlife preservation or habitat for humanity.

Backyard camping

True camping excursions can become expensive considering the cost to rent a campground, pack food, and purchase necessary supplies. But, if you have a backyard, cutting costs on this fun activity is simple and easy.

Teach your kids how to build a campfire, roast marshmallows and spot constellations all with the convenience of indoor plumbing.

The library

There is a reason taxpayers fund libraries — for public use! Check out your local library’s selection for children’s books, movies and games. Your visits can help shape your schedule for weekly movie nights and nightly bedtime story reading.

Beach days

What would summer be without a day at the beach? Posting up on the sandy shore of a local lake is a great way for kids to practice swimming skills or have sand castle contests. Just make sure to pack sunscreen and check the weather beforehand.

City parks

Your child has probably spent time at your local playground before. The summer is a great opportunity to try out new playgrounds in nearby cities. Play pretend, swing from the monkey bars and have a great time!


There are a ton of online resources that can show you how to create fun low-cost crafts with your little ones. In addition to saving on costs, your child will be able to work on their fine motor skills and artistic expression.

These options can help keep you and your kids busy without spending extra cash on more expensive options, like amusement parks, movies and camps. However, if even these low-cost options are a financial strain, you should reevaluate your finances before heading into the summer. Bankruptcy protection can help those who are struggling with debt start fresh.

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