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Frugal Locations for Family Get Togethers

Posted on Friday, May 24th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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Summer is here and it's time for get-togethers! Where will your family gather on their next?  Try one of these inexpensive, but fun locations.Summer is here and is a time when families get together. Coming up soon, there will be graduations, weddings, and Father’s Day celebrations. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to find a nice location for your family to gather in. Try some of these ideas!

Your Own Backyard
Will your family be having a cook out? A great place to do that is your own backyard. Plan ahead and pick up enough food to feed everyone. Visit the dollar store to get paper plates, napkins, and plastic silverware. With a minimal amount of decorating, you can make your own backyard into a welcoming place for your family to get together. Those of you who have a grill can make use of it. If not, there is no reason why the food cannot be prepared indoors and then carried outside for people to enjoy in the nice weather.

Shared Community Space
What if you live in an apartment, or condo, and don’t happen to have a backyard? Many apartment complexes, condos, and even some mobile home parks, have an area set aside for residents to use for family parties and get togethers. It could be as simple as a few picnic tables under an awning. Or, it might be as fancy as an indoor room that has plenty of tables, seating, and a kitchen that you can use. Check with the manager or condo association ahead of time to find out if you can reserve the community space for your family to use.

Head for the Beach
This is obviously going to be easier for families that live near a coast than for those who are landlocked. The ocean can be a beautiful place for a family get together. Lovely lakes can also be an ideal location. Before you go, take the time to find out if you are allowed to bring food to the beach itself. If so, remember to pick up after the party is over, and throw all trash into the proper bin. Many families find the beach to be very relaxing.

Visit the Local Park
Some families have the good fortune of living nearby an excellent park. It might be a state park, or a simple playground that has a few picnic tables off to the side. Your family can spend time together in the shade of some nice trees as the kids play on the swings, slides, and other playground equipment. Again, it is a good idea to make sure that your family doesn’t leave any trash behind when they are ready to go home.

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