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20 Cheap Ways to Have The Ultimate Summer

By Katie Schultz

July 6, 2015 - 12:56 AM

Summertime is a great opportunity to be active and have fun. However, there's no need to break the bank to have quality experiences. Finding cheap, and even free, alternatives to spending money, can be easy to create long lasting memories.

1- Lemonade stand. When people think about a refreshing beverage in the summertime, often that beverage is lemonade. Setting up a lemonade stand is easy, all you need is anything to make a table and lemonade. Making the lemonade out of lemons would be more more fun for the kids, however, buying mix at the store is fine too.

2- Make homemade ice cream. Making ice cream yourself is quite easy. There are several recipes to find online, but common ingredients include: whole milk, sugar, egg yolks, whipping cream, half-and-half, and salt.

3- Have a yard sale. Yard sales are fun ways to get the family involved in the same activity and make money out of it. Make it a community event and organize it with neighbors as well.

4- Visit the local farm. Many farms allow visitors to come and learn about the animals and how the farm operates. Its a great way to show the kids or grandchildren where their food comes from.

5- Go to the Farmer's Market. Farmer's markets are fun places to go. You can support local farms by purchasing their produce and connect with the community. Teach your kids how to eat healthy with the produce bought from the market.

6- Create a scrapbook. Keeping a scrapbook is the best way to keep hold of memories. Allow the kids to decorate the cover and the pages to make it extra special. It's a great activity for rainy days.

7-Do a time capsule. One idea with a time capsule is to have each family member put a wish in it, and at the end of summer to retrieve it and see if their wishes came true. However, burying a time capsule to dig up much later is a great idea, guaranteeing a fond memory in the future.   

8- Go geocaching. Geocaching is a scavenger hunt that is posted online and you find the hidden object by GPS coordinates. It's easy to create one yourself and get friends and family involved. Come up with a prize for the person or team that finds the most items.

9- Stargaze. On a clear night, lay out blankets or stand on the patio, and look for constellations. They can be found with the aid of a book or online.

10- Organize a talent show. A community, or just friends and family, talent show is a fun and creative way to get people together and have a good time.

11- Volunteer your time. It's important to give back to the community. Volunteering your time, either at a cancer fundraiser or at an animal shelter is a productive way to spend your time. Research nonprofit organizations in your area and find one that will leave you feeling fulfilled.

12- Go camping. Going camping connects you and your family with nature. If camping in the woods doesn't peak your interests, pitch a tent in the backyard and plan out activities, like catching fireflies and making s'mores.

13- Visit the library. With accessibility to books online, local libraries are struggling to stay open. Support your local library and plan frequent trips to check out books. Create a chart for how many books your children read throughout the summer and reward them at the end of summer.

15- Go to the zoo. The zoo is a fun and educational activity for the family on a beautiful day. Lions, tigers, and bears!

16- Find a museum. Some museum's admissions are not costly and some might even be free. Research different types of museums in your area and the admissions cost to organize a day out with the family.

17- Try mini-golf. It is not expensive to go mini-golfing and it is a lot of fun. Make it a friendly competition rewarded with ice cream afterwards- maybe even homemade ice cream!

18- Find a Drive-In movie. Believe it or not, drive-in movies are still around, but they are hard to find. If fortunate enough to be relatively close to one, check it out for a new movie-going experience. 

19- Have a film festival with friends. Gather your friends and family and have them each bring over their favorite movie. Have a night filled with good food, company, and movies.

20- Play capture the flag with the neighborhood. Capture the flag is a game with two teams. Each team has a flag (marker of some type) that they hide. The objective is for the team to get the opposing team's flag (without getting caught) and bring it to their side of the playing field. That team would win. Have a barbecue beforehand to make it a great night. 
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