Cheap Summer Holiday Ideas for the Whole Family

It’s that time of year again! The kids are out of school and summer holidays are on the horizon. While we all want to get out there and have as much summer fun as possible, it’s important to keep those summer budgets in line!

Here are some great summer vacation options that won’t bust your budget wide open – with plenty of room for fun in the sun:

Mini-vacations

Instead of taking one or two weeks off, taking up the bulk of your summer cash, why not plan a few different weekends of fun? Stretch out your budget by staying close to home and doing a variety of fun activities over the entire summer. This might give you some more enjoyment throughout the season, without having to block big chunks of work off.

Book Last Minute

Ready to take a vacation, and don’t really care where you go? Check last minute listings – or discount travel sites like Hotwire or Priceline – as a great way to get a lot of bang for your holiday bucks. Getting away with the family is a big part of it – and if your destination is wide open, there are big savings to be had.

Check the Paper

If you’re going to be doing a ‘stay-cation’ this summer, start planning ahead. Check your local newspaper and city websites to see what’s on tap for the summer season. Chances are, there will be festivals, movies, museums or carnivals offering free (or nearly free) activities. Plan some of your weekends around these freebies, and make your summer cash stretch a lot further.

Have big summer plans? Let us know what you’re doing to have fun and stay under-budget!

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