This is a guest blog post from Tammira Lucas, The Business Doctor.

Do you smell that? Summer is definitely in the air!!!! 

Summer is my FAVORITE season and I am looking forward to having fun with my family. I am sure if you are reading this blog you are interested in having a BLAST without using much CASH! Here are a few summer fun ideas for families on a budget:

Visit amusement parks almost at dark– Some amusement parks offer special rates after a certain time of day. You can save almost 33% or more off of ticket prices by going in the afternoon rather than in the morning. Plus riding roller coasters at night is way more fun.

Look for discounts– You can find discount codes for amusement parks, activities in your local grocery stores, gas stations, soda cans and sites like Keep an ear open, some employers have discount programs or even complimentary tickets for employees and their families.

Weekly Picnics– Technology seems to be taking over the world. Weekly picnics help bring back the art of communication and outside play back. Set a weekly day that you and the kiddos go to different parks and picnic. The fun you will have with introducing your children to the old games you use to play as a child can be so rewarding. Picnics are also a great way to have playdates with some of your children’s friends.

Certifikid, Groupon, LivingSocial– I LOVE great deals and coupons. These sites always have the best deals on vacations and activities for the family. Certifikid  focuses on deals for family activities where Groupon and LivingSocial have a wide variety of savings for everything.

Explore your City– Every city has FREE hidden gems. Visit nearby museums, historic locations, parks and harbors. There are also local community pools you can visit for a small fee or even free. You can make it even more fun by creating a citywide scavenger hunt game.

Have DIY Days-. Have DIY day and tap into your creative side. I love taking ideas off Pinterest and turning them into my own. Some of my favorite DIYs are

  1. Bubble Maker
  2. Paper Mask
  3. Popsicle Maker
  4. 3D Hand painting

Start a Business– I couldn’t leave without one of my favorite cost efficient activities for the summer, creating a small business. No matter the age of your child you can introduce them to entrepreneurship. Visit your local library and allow them to explore all the information on starting a business. Have them utilize their gifts and passions and create revenue from it. Whether it’s crafting or making lemonade it will be fun seeing them start and actually execute their ideas.

Summer can be fun and cost efficient. You don’t have to spend tons of cash to have a BLAST. Now! Tap into your creative side and bring smiles to those little cute faces.

The 2015 Small Business Innovator by Baltimore City Chamber of Commerce, Tammira Lucas is a Mompreneur who is quickly emerging as a trailblazer among professionals and a powerful voice for women teaching them Business, Balance and Babies. Tammira is the CEO of Ryann’s Closet LLC, The Business Dr. Consulting Firm, CO-Founder of Moms As Entrepreneurs, Author, Speaker, Philanthropist and Professor.





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