Skip to main content

Frugal Ways to Enjoy the Summer

I think many of us really aren't able to take a vacation this summer. If we're not able to go anywhere, I still want to make it a summer filled with memories. There are still some great ways to make your summer awesome and spend very little. Here's some things you can do.

Go to the park. You can pack a picnic lunch to make it even more fun.

Check your local theater and see if they have any cheap summer movies. Our local theater is a Carmike Cinema and is running a great promo right now for Summer Movies. On Tuesday they have a movie for $1. It's an already on DVD movie but hey, it's only a dollar and a fun experience for kids to go to the movies. If you're like us, taking the kids to a regular priced movie is rare, even a matinee. It just is so expensive. They are also offering dollar popcorn and drinks on Tuesdays so that makes it an even better deal!

Check for restaurants that have kids eat free specials along with a craft or activity for the kids. Tuesday night (5pm-7pm) at Chick-Fil-A they have an activity for the kids and kids eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. I think it's one child's meal per adult meal. They also just had their Cow Appreciation Day where dressing like a cow got you a free meal. They run different things here and there so keep an eye out.

Fazoli's also has kids night on Tuesday night (5pm-8pm). They have an activity and all kid's meals are just .99. You can't beat that! To my knowledge you're not required to buy anything to get it for that price so it's a very economical dinner.

Steak n Shake has kids eat free on Saturday and Sunday. With each $8 you spend you get one free kid's meal.

If you like to include eating out as part of your summer, sign up on the email clubs of all your favorite places. Many times you can get coupons for signing up and get coupons throughout the year.

Local museums usually have discounted days or free days. Check you local ones and see if they have any specials.

Grill out and eat outside. You can play this up or down as much as you like.

Camp out in your own backyard. If you have a fire pit you could even roast some marshmallows! This is on my wish list to have. I think it would be so much fun!

One of our favorite things to do is to go to Sonic for Half Price drinks during happy hour (2-4pm everyday). Steak n Shake also has this special on their drinks and shakes (2-4pm weekdays). As well as, Dairy Queen (2-5pm weekdays). Check with your local locations to verify participation and times.

Go bowling at your local bowling alley. Some have specials. Ours have a bowl two get one free on Mondays. Check yours to see if they have any specials.

Go to VBS. Our kids love Vacation Bible School. This year they participated at our church as well as a friend's church. They had a blast! My friend's church even took the kids horseback riding at the end of the VBS. The kids all loved it!

Have a themed dinner night. One of our favorite dinners at Disney World when we went two years ago, was at 'Ohana. We recreated our special dinner at home. It was so much fun!

Have an ice cream social. Invite your kids' friends over and their parents too! Everyone can make their own sundaes. You could even have each guest bring their favorite topping.

Game night- This can be a board game or even using a gaming system like the Wii.

Movie night- Pop popcorn and turn off the lights. Let everyone stay up a little later and watch your favorite family movie. You could even have a movie marathon either in one day or a few days of your favorite series. Such as Narnia, Lord of the Rings, etc.

There are many more things you can do. I would love to hear what frugal ideas you all have! Hope everyone is having a great summer!

Comments

Anonymous said…
I am so happy to see you back posting.

Mrs. Paradis

Popular posts from this blog

A Civil War Recipe..... Oatmeal Pie

Princess came home with an assignment to to a Civil War project. There were several options but she and I always gravitate to the ones that involve cooking. So we chose to make a recipe from the Civil War time to share with her class. Can I just say how grateful I am for the internet when it comes to these school projects? We looked online and found many different recipes. I wanted one that used ingredients I already had on hand and hopefully one that would be a bit tasty.

I finally found a forum where people were sharing Civil War recipes and someone had shared one for Oatmeal Pie from Charleston, South Carolina. Apparently, during the Civil War, pecans were in short supply. So oatmeal was subbed for pecans to make a sort of mock pecan pie.

This recipe is very tasty and really easy. It does remind me of a pecan pie, but at the same time a little reminiscent of an apple crisp because of the oatmeal and the cinnamon. Very delicious! I'm hoping her class really enjoys it. She said t…

Lemon Chicken Artichoke Soup

There is a take and bake place in town that has the most amazing lemon chicken artichoke soup. I decided to try to make a copy of it at home. This soup isn’t exactly like the one at the local shop here, but it’s close. This recipe is so good and highly addictive! I encourage you to try it as soon as you can!

Lemon Chicken Artichoke Soup

Ingredients:
½ stick of butter
1 tbsp oilive oil
5 cloves of garlic, minced
2 yellow onions, diced
2 12oz jars of quartered artichoke hearts in water (drained, rinsed and diced)
2-3 lemons
2-3 cups of cooked chicken breasts, diced
1 tsp of dried oregano
8 cups of reduced sodium chicken broth
2 cups of half & half
Salt and pepper to taste

In a 5-6 qt. stockpot over medium heat, melt butter and add the olive oil. Sauté the onions until translucent, add the garlic and then cook for a minute more. Add the artichoke hearts and salt and pepper if desired and cook for 3-5 minutes. Next, add your chicken stock. Allow this to come to a boil,…

Salt-Free Ranch Dressing Mix

I don't know about you but I really enjoy ranch dressing. The stuff in the bottle is okay, but if you look at the ingredients it contains some not so good stuff like MSG and added sugar. It also has a lot of added sodium. I'm trying to watch my sodium so I decided to make a salt-free ranch mix, then I can control the salt whenever I make the dressing or add it to a recipe. It's super easy to make your own ranch mix. If you make a batch of this up, you can have it already on hand to make ranch dressing or add it into other recipes. Let's get started!

Salt-free Ranch Dressing Mix

Ingredients:
4 Tbsp of dried parsley
4 tsp of dried dill
4 tsp of onion powder
4 tsp of minced dried onion
2 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of ground black pepper

Combine the spices in a bowl and from here you can process them for a bit in a mini food processor to mix well and make some of the parsley smaller or you can use a coffee grinder as a spice grinder. Then place in a container and …