Hey friends! The warm weather has been so nice the last month, but I also forgot about how much work it can be to keep the kids all happy outside, with plenty of cool snacks and drinks too! I went out and bought them new balls, sports equipment, etc and realized I can’t do that either… it would cost too much money to keep up with all summer. So, I did these 5 things to help save my sanity and save me money! And they’re going to keep working all summer long!
1. Have a Kids Water Station!
I don’t know about you, but after a day of kids playing, I can go outside and clean up like 5-10 half drank water bottles! I love having all the neighbor kids at my house, but I don’t enjoy wasting the money on water bottles that they aren’t finishing. I was so excited when I learned that Brita had created water filters that attach to water jugs – the Brita Jug Filter! Not only will this be amazing for the kids to use this summer, but it will come in so handy during our soccer season, BBQ’s, our many camping trips we have planned this summer and for my husbands hunting trips! This summer, during play days, I plan on putting my water jug on a table, with some cups, and just let the kids get drinks out of that. No more wasted water bottles – Woohoo!
The Brita Jug Filter makes filtering large quantities of water easy and is going to help eliminate the need for bulk water bottle waste. I also wanted to mention that the Brita Jug Filter system comes with adapters that works with all Jug systems: Coleman, Igloo and Rubbermaid!
I have already pulled it out a couple times and the kids love it! And I feel like they are staying hydrated better! The other day I also put out some water balloons and otter pops and the kids gravitated to our house immediately!
2. Take Some Time to Plan Your Summer!
I find my kids are so much more content, when they know our schedule. When my kids are content and we’re organized, I just don’t spend money! There are no desperate drives to our local soda and cookie shop “just to get out of the house!” I swear to you that I can easily spend $15 per trip, if my car is full of my kids! I also find when I’m planning my weeks out, that I’m better at making sure I have snacks in the house and meals planned! Which also saves us money! There are so many great suggestions for summer schedules out there on the web. I love this one from Remarkable Home for summer!
3. Kids Summer Reading Program
I like to keep my kids reading all summer long! We have this rule that we can’t play with friends until after lunch (except for when we have pre-planned activities of course). In the morning I let my kids get up, have some lazy time if they want, do a chore, pick up their room and do their required reading time and a worksheet! It helps us maintain a routine and I know we all stay more sane with this schedule! But, because we aren’t having books sent home from school, it could get pricey keeping my kids supplied with new books. So, when I discovered that libraries do a Kids Summer Reading Program I was excited. This gives my kids the opportunity each week to go get a few new books and also helps keep them motivated to read, because there are awards and sometimes prizes associated with their reading accomplishments!
4. Find Free and Affordable Local Activities
I was shocked to find out how many super affordable or even FREE summer programs there are in my area. Most cities offer free outdoor movies throughout the summer! Also, check the www.kidsbowlfree.com website to see if there is a bowling alley near you offering free bowling all summer. Our closest bowling alley is like 35 minutes away, so we won’t do this daily or even weekly. But, I still signed up and I bet we’ll go 3-5 times during the summer! Then see if your local movie theatre is offering summer movie passes. Our local theatre offers a $10 Summer Movie Pass that gets us into a movie a week. My kids always love this and it’s nice having an indoor activity option on a really really hot day! Our city also offers a City Pass (called Pass of all Passes) that gets us into lots of local stuff (waterparks, fun center, movies, baseball games, etc) for free once purchased (and I got our passes for $15 a person). As you can see there really are so so many options! Just take the time to search your city, I assure you that you’ll be surprised at all the free or affordable activities that are offered this summer!
5. Have a Family Swap Day
We’ve done this the last few summers and not only do I love it, but my kids TOTALLY love it! It’s a change of a pace for them and the other moms always come up with such fun activities, that I generally wouldn’t think of or wouldn’t want to do. Plus, it gives you a day to have the house empty for an afternoon! So, you can either have some down time or catch up on housework without being interrupted! I also learned that when I am planning an activity to do with my kids, it generally doesn’t cost me any more (and if it does very little more) to make it work for a few extra kids! So, this really doesn’t cost me any more money! Brita is currently giving away a trip to the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas for 2! Go and nominate your #H20hero today for a chance to win – just check out the Be a Brita Hero giveaway now! This giveaway is so great and such a fun way to give a shoutout to your unsung hero!
“Most heroes don’t have capes and masks. It’s the unsung heroes that make someone else’s life a little better.”