Summer holiday survival tips

by MyDadBlog on July 29, 2011

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Summer is here and the kids are out of school. As a parent, you may be wondering just what you are going to do! Instead of struggling with a loan calculator, trying to figure out just how you are going to pay for the summer holidays and all the activities around you, consider doing some things that don’t cost much but may create a lifetime’s worth of memories for you and your family!

Of course, if you do need a little extra cash to cover these excursions, a loan calculator will be just the thing to break down how much you will be paying.

Get Outside.

If the weather is nice, there are tons of things to do outside that aren’t going to cost an arm and a leg. If you have room in the backyard, get out the bikes and the toys and let everyone enjoy some fun. When parents get in the middle of the game and begin to spend time with the kids, it is a win-win situation.

If you don’t have a lot of room around the yard, take the kids out the park. Let everyone bring along a bike, a ball, or even a kite and spend a few hours playing around.

Most parks are open to the public and have playground equipment for the kids to enjoy. They will wear themselves out from all the play and you may get a little bit of relaxation in while they are taking a nap.

Look for Deals.

Every local area has some type of deal going on for the summertime. They know parents have the kids back at home and some are panicking with what to do with them. Look for specials at places like movie theaters or bowling alleys. Many offer prepaid deals, such as discounted tickets throughout the summer when you purchase them in an advance package.

Amusement parks or theme parks also run coupons and discounts for residents in the area. If you haven’t been to the zoo in a while or haven’t spent some time on a roller coaster lately, pack everyone up and head out for the day.

Educational Experiences.

Even though school is out, you don’t want the kids to stop learning. Check your local library to see if there are any incentives for kids to keep reading during the summer holiday. You might find that if the kids know there is a prize to be won, they may look forward to spending 30 minutes a day reading.

Bookstores also tend to run summer promotions. Kids may get a free book if they read a certain number of books or for a certain number of hours. Regardless of the promotion, the kids will be busy reading and you can plan an outing to pick up their prizes.

Keep them Busy.

Regardless of the option or options that you choose, the key to surviving the summer holiday is keeping the kids busy. Even if you are staying at home, provide lots of different activities and keep them busy. The worst thing you can hear is, “I’m bored!”

The Cost of the Summer.

If you are worried about finances, you may be thinking about taking out a small loan to cover some of these expenses. If this is the case, check a loan calculator to see what you would be paying per month and how long it would take you to pay it off. It might be worth it in the long run to have a little extra cash on hand.

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