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Posted on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 at 11:15 am
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Summer Savings

Summer Savings

With the school calendar winding down here, I want to make sure that I find plenty of fun family things to during the summer. It is even better when fun activities can be free. Here are some of the best free events and things to do around the country.

Free National Parks Visits

From June through August, there are three weekends when participating national parks will wave their fees so you can visit for free! You could do a different park each weekend or each free day, for a total of up to six parks! This is a lifesaver if you have a large family and normally hesitate to go anywhere where you have to pay by person. The national park visits even include some mansions and national monuments, if you like a little bit of history to go with your nature.

Here is the general information about the free weekends. They are:

* June 20-21, 2009 (Father’s Day weekend)
* July 18-19, 2009
* August 15-16, 2009

Click here for more information.

And you can see a list of the participating parks here.

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If you want to have something fun that is a little closer to home and will occupy the kids for a bit, why not take advantage of one of the free workshops for kids at your local home improvement store?

Both Home Depot and Lowes offer fun projects using real wood and real tools. My kids love making fun items, and they are so proud to show them off. Plus, the kids get an apron and patches or pins for their aprons when they complete a clinic.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics projects are a golf putting green and a pirate ship. Home Depot’s Kids Workshop is offering a hardware sorter and a picnic caddy.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.