55 Summer Activities for Kids that are Frugal or Free!
Did your kids get out of school this week? My kids were out last week and unless you go year-round, your kids are ready to let loose and enjoy their summer.
Let me just say, I LOVE it when my kids are home. Although they can drive me nuts by yelling the word MOM 50 times in an hour period, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Don’t get me wrong, I like my free time when they are at school and in fact, this is my only blogging time, but since they are home I am going to make the best of it and work on this blog while they are having their short amount of screen time. (hee hee)
Are you looking for some frugal and easy recipes to serve your family this summer? This Chicken Cucumber Salad Recipe will not disappoint.
Summer is a time to relax and spend with your family, so cooking five-courses meals may not be on your agenda. (Or mine!)
If you are like me, you want something quick and easy that won’t heat up the entire house by using the oven.
I make this salad for parties, lunch, and as a full meal with chicken added. The best part is, it is SO easy to make and only takes a few minutes to whip up.
If you are able to boil pasta and cut up vegetables, then you can make this!
Are you headed to a party for the fourth? I made this for my son’s birthday party last summer and the bowl was empty when the party was over. I like to make dishes for holiday parties that incorporate fruits or vegetables so my kids aren’t eating junk food all day. This includes tomatoes and cucumbers as part of the salad so yay for nutrition!
Let’s Talk Price For Your Chicken Cucumber Salad Recipe
Not to mention, I LOVE saving money and this salad will not break the bank with only five ingredients (well, add a bit of salt and pepper on top of the five) and you have a great meal for around $6-7 depending on where and how much you spend on your chicken.
I bought mine at Target and got six pieces of fresh chicken for $5.79. That is under $1 per piece, so my salad priced out around $6!
Don’t forget you can make it veggie style if you are on a tight budget. I usually don’t add chicken if I am making it for a side dish for a party. So that’s around $4 for a hearty side dish.
Learn to travel on a budget but still have a blast!
On my bucket list…. Travel the world.
One thing my husband and I have in common is that we both love to travel. We took our first trip together after five months of dating and we had a rockin’ time in Vegas.
Then it was off to Cabo San Lucas (where we got engaged), Chicago, and even a babymoon to Europe. Not in that order and I don’t recommend taking your first trip to Europe pregnant.
Even after we had baby number one, we continued to travel with him. A frequent joke in our house is how our baby looked on his passport and how neither one of us had been to Mexico until our 30’s and our son had been three times!
So with this travel bug, we have learned to use our frugal ways to get by on very little while traveling and how to save on the cost of travel such as hotels, flights, and transportation so we can see more of the world.
In today’s post, I’m going to highlight these savings tips for you and teach you how to save money not only when booking a trip, but when you arrive at your destination too.
My husband should be writing this because he is the one that plans most of our trips – thank you, my love – but I will transport his ideas over to you. His job is to plan and my job is to pack but he has taught me a thing or two! Furthermore, travel is best when you work as a team.
Do you need to save more money? Maybe you are behind on bills or want to save for an emergency fund. One easy way to save money on your monthly budget is to cut your food bill.
If you are on a tight budget and need to cut corners, the food bill should be the first place to look. Why? Because it is so easy and there are so many ways you can save on food. Yes, food is a need and you can never cut the “food” category from a budget like a gym membership or a mani/pedi, but you can certainly find ways to cut your food bill and this post will showcase some ideas you may not have thought about.
According to Credit Donkey, if you are a four-person family on a moderate budget with two toddlers you will spend around $712 per month on your grocery bill. If you have toddlers and are spending this much, you can be sure your bill will increase as your kids grow.
USA Today breaks it down even further by totaling out how much you should allow for your food bill per family member. According to their post, you should allow $236.30 for a boy and $190.10 for your daughter, $238.30 for Dad and $206.30 for Mom. In total, you will spend $217.75 per week or $871.00 per month to feed your family of four. It doesn’t take a mathematician to see, that is a HUGE portion of your budget.
As you can see, both figures are pretty close and both are a HUGE chunk of change if you are low on cash or trying to pay off debt.
Are you sick of paying high gas prices? Me too! In fact, I was so relieved when gas prices started dropping – well, a little bit anyway. I was ready to start saving money on gas! Yet, the prices keep creeping back up which makes it hard if you are driving far to work or traveling.
I’m showing my age here, but I remember filling up at college one day for $.99 per gallon and at the time, I remember being disappointed that gas prices were going up. What I wouldn’t give now for $.99 per gallon.
Unfortunately, those “low price” days are long gone. We are left footing the bill if we want to get anywhere, especially during the holidays!
Seriously, are you thinking of traveling during the Fourth of July or Christmas or any other Holiday when family time is key? Good old supply and demand.
Luckily there are some pretty simple ways to save money on gas and if you are fresh out of ideas, you have come to the right place.
I LOVE helping people save money and I am getting creative with some of my tips, but I truly hope this helps you save and adds money back to your monthly budget!