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    herberkids3
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    Default Budgeting Question- What do you do to keep summer costs low?

    Summer is coming up. With summer come more bills- children are out of

    school, the weather is warm, vacations are more prevelant, you need new

    clothes, the kids need new clothes, sandals have been worn out, etc,

    etc...





    So, how do you help keep your costs low during Summer?








  2. #2
    Herlean
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    Default Budgeting Question- What do you do to keep summer costs low?

    Well, this is my first Summer outfitting a child. Last Summer, he was brand new, so I had lots of things from the showers and all. I got him a huge lot of clothes from eBay that should get him through the warm weather. I am still looking for a pair of sandals. Some of the kids shoes are so expensive!!!!! I am going to head off to Payless soon and look there. Since he is growing, I don't know what size shoe he will be wearing at the time, so buying ahead will be tough. Also, when people me what he needs, I tell them "clothes for the summer, in this size." His birthday is coming up, so that is also helpful. Clearance racks are good. I got some great t-shirts for him marked down 60%-70% a few weeks ago. Thrift stores are good too. If you can get there before everything is picked over. For vacation - we
    are not really going anywhere "big" this year. We are going to renew our zoo membership, since we love to go there as a family and here, when you join one, you get discounts at others around the state. Even if we take off for the weekend and go several hours away, it doesn't cost much. We can get one hotel room for all of us. Advantage of having a baby. At the zoo, we pack lunches and snacks, fill up the cooler and head off. Our zoo lets you bring in your food if you want. We always do that. Treat ourselves to an ice cream cone while there. Everything else we bring in with us. We bought a cooler that is on wheels a few years back and it is great. Herlean

    herberkids3 <herberkids3@yahoo.com> wrote: Summer is coming up. With summer come more bills-
    children are out of
    school, the weather is warm, vacations are more prevelant, you need new
    clothes, the kids need new clothes, sandals have been worn out, etc,
    etc...


    So, how do you help keep your costs low during Summer?




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  3. #3
    Tonya Pick
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    Default Budgeting Question- What do you do to keep summer costs low?

    Clean out your basement, garage, kids closets and have a garage sale!

    Your kids might not be able to wear last year's flip flops, but

    someone else will pay 50 cents for them! Really take a hard look at

    the stuff you have lying around - wouldn't it be great to have more

    space and some extra money?



    I stash my garage sale money and buy end of season clothes for my son

    for the next year. You can get shorts/sweatpants for less than a

    dollar each if you watch the sale rack long enough. When spring

    comes, I unpack the box I stashed at the end of last season with all

    my bargains, and it's better than shopping - new clothes with no

    bills! My Mom does this and gets great stuff for $1-2 -- beautiful

    long sleeve tops, shorts, etc. It's delayed gratification, but so

    much fun when the new season rolls around!



    We also take advantage of the free programs our local parks and rec

    departments hold - the kids get to play a few hours a day, and I get

    some quiet time to work with no distractions. And it's FREE!



    Our garden brings us lots of great fruits and veggies, plus provides

    many hours of "things to do" for everyone. And the kids can sell the

    excess to neighbors who don't do the garden thing. Every little bit

    adds ups!



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "herberkids3" <herberkids3@...> wrote:

    >

    > Summer is coming up. With summer come more bills- children are out of

    > school, the weather is warm, vacations are more prevelant, you need new

    > clothes, the kids need new clothes, sandals have been worn out, etc,

    > etc...

    >

    >

    > So, how do you help keep your costs low during Summer?

    >










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    MJA
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    Default Budgeting Question- What do you do to keep summer costs low?

    I find summer much cheaper than during the school year, no field trips and

    such that the school demands. Most of the activities the kids enjoy; beach,

    lake, etc. are free or just a nominal fee for parking, taking picnics

    wherever you go they find as a fun thing. Need fewer clothes in the summer

    than the winter; no jackets, boots, etc. Sandals (flip flops and such) can

    be found inexpensively just about everywhere. Shop sales and you find even

    cheaper things.



    Marie








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    Vickie
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    Default Budgeting Question- What do you do to keep summer costs low?

    We had ceiling fans put in the bedrooms & set the a/c at about 73 or 74 degrees & leaveit there. Turning it up & down takes more energy. We are lucky, we have a full canopy of large oak trees covering our house & it helps keep the sun out of the house. My daughter is in college &has her own apartment, other than that it is just my dh, 2 dogs, 1 cat& myself.
    herberkids3 <herberkids3@yahoo.com> wrote: Summer is coming up. With summer come more bills- children are out of

    school, the weather is warm, vacations are more prevelant, you need new
    clothes, the kids need new clothes, sandals have been worn out, etc,
    etc...

    So, how do you help keep your costs low during Summer?




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  6. #6
    Shannon Timmons
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    Default Budgeting Question- What do you do to keep summer costs low?


    We joined the program offered by our electric company to cut down on Summer usage. This will save tons this Summer. Check with your Electric Company.

    Let the kids run through the sprinkler, make water balloons, buy $1 squirt guns at Walmart, etc. Lots of cheap, fun things for the kids to do outside in the Summertime. Or, barter with a neighbor that has a pool for some swimming fun...........make them some cookies, offer babysitting, etc.

    Grill instead of using your oven/stove. A tank of propane lasts us over a month during the Summer, and grilled food is tasty, and healthier sometimes too! Don't forget to grill veges and even fruit (peaches, pineapple) for dessert! Cuts way down on electric/gas usage. Make your own drinks instead of buying soda...............lemonade, iced tea, even cool-aid is much cheaper (and better for you and the kids) than soda.

    Plant a vegetable garden! We have one every year and I get tons of tomatoes, zucchini, herbs, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, carrots, radishes, etc., from an investment of about $25 in plants and seeds. Plus, the kids love to watch things grow...........make it a learning experience. Buy what you don't grow at farmer's markets, roadside stands or grocery outlets. Barter with neighbors who have fruittrees, avocado trees, etc.

    Plan your day around the heat.............we have a 2-story house with 2 air conditioning units (1 up, 1 down). We spend the mornings upstairs doing what we need to up there (getting dressed, playing in the loft, treadmill in our bedroom). By 11am we move downstairs where its much cooler and spend the rest of the day down so we don't have to turn on the air conditioner at all upstairs. We also use ceiling fans as much as possible so we only need our air conditioner downstairs a few times a week (we get up to 108* here in Summer - Yuk). When it gets too hot to bare...........go to the discount movie theatre or walk around the mall to cool off.

    Buy Summer clothes at garage sales. LOTS of great finds to be found! Also, thrift stores, etc. My kids are barefoot most of the Summer at home, and have 1 pair of sandals (bought at Walmart) to get them through the Summer. By the end, they are ready for the trash!! Target has $1 flip-flops right now, and I bought 3 pairs for each kid so that should see us through the Summer.

    We don't do vacations, but we go camping once a month. I prepay our camping fees, which are mostly at State parks, and the space fees are low ($12-$18 a night). I bring food that we have in our pantry, and we do lots of free nature things while camping.

    Take advantage of local parks, community centers, museums, etc. Many offer discounts during the days to attract Summer attendees, and boost sales in a slow period.

    Hope this helps!

    Shannon T.
    So Cal








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    Tanya
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    Default Budgeting Question- What do you do to keep summer costs low?

    I started planning "our summer" months ago. I checked out where we

    want to go on the net and print off the price list so I know how much

    it's going to cost etc. We are doing tons of day trips and days at

    the beach are cheap! We pack a lunch and all our beach toys etc and

    stop at the farmers market on the way to look around and buy some

    fresh fruit and veggies. I also have a piggy bank that I use to save

    money just for our summer outings. I try to put $20.00 pay cheque in

    it and am selling stuff we don't need any longer and putting the

    money in there from that. I made $17 the other night and it felt good

    to add it to the pot!



    Tanya in Canada





    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "MJA" <lctroopmom@...> wrote:

    >

    > I find summer much cheaper than during the school year, no field

    trips and

    > such that the school demands. Most of the activities the kids

    enjoy; beach,

    > lake, etc. are free or just a nominal fee for parking, taking

    picnics

    > wherever you go they find as a fun thing. Need fewer clothes in

    the summer

    > than the winter; no jackets, boots, etc. Sandals (flip flops and

    such) can

    > be found inexpensively just about everywhere. Shop sales and you

    find even

    > cheaper things.

    >

    > Marie

    >










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    Sarah Long
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    Default Budgeting Question- What do you do to keep summer costs low?

    I keep a bin all year long of stuff for Summer. Inexpensive toys that are marked down after a holiday, plastic cups when they go on sale, paper plates at a dirt cheap price, etc. I also keep shopping for summer clothing all year round. Goodwill in my area on Tuesdays that a certain color tag every week is $0.25 no matter what it is as long as it is clothing. I am fortunate to have shelf space in a closet that I keep the good quality summer stuff I find all year long. I have 5 boys so the chances that it will get worn by somebody are pretty good! I also keep an eye out for sandals all year long. It gets expensive if you try to wait until Spring to get ready for Summer.

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