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Summertime And The Spending Is Easy

Advice from Mahwah moms on how to save some cash this summer

It's summertime, and the spending can be easy. With the kids out of school, day trips, shopping sprees, and summer activities, this is often an expensive time of year for people.

So, what are your summer money saving secrets? How can you save some green while making sure that your family has a fun summer?

Patricia Patella June 22, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Summer is our favorite season. Yes, it can become expensive, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy the warm weather without breaking the bank. A few of our summertime activities include spending long, lazy days together. We hand around the house, play outside, go for a bike ride or a walk. We love to have friends and family over for an afternoon. Usually we barbecue and everyone brings something, whether it's an appetizer, salad or dessert. We also like to take day trips to the beach. We have beaches as close as 50 minutes, so spending the money for a hotel isn't necessary. By mid July, the kids start missing their friends, so we set up play dates. This is a fun, inexpensive way for friends to catch-up on all their summer fun. Whatever you do, enjoy each day with your kids because September is just around the corner! Tricia Patella Mom's Council
Suzanne Curry June 22, 2011 at 05:47 PM
Hmmm. It certainly is easy to spend in the summertime! This is a tough question. When my kids were younger it was easier to keep them occupied with less-expensive plans. I am thinking parks, playdates and playing with mommy. As they get older and want to see all those exciting places that are advertised on TV and that they hear about from others it is hard to get them to get psyched up to see a monkey at Van Suan Park anymore. My best advice if you are planning any kind of trip is to plan, prepare and pack. Plan out your day. Go online and check for discounted days or coupons. Sometimes you can get a group of people together and take advantage of a group discount. Look for times of the day that may be discounted, and especially look for “wristband” nights or days. Oftentimes vacation spots offer their own coupon books or magazines which can be found when you get there or online. Second, prepare. Prepare yourself and the kids for the trip. Tell them what they can and cannot expect to buy or do. Bring all the necessities so you don’t have to purchase any at a marked-up rate, and third, pack. Pack snacks, food and and plenty of drinks to save money. - See next box
Suzanne Curry June 22, 2011 at 05:49 PM
We are lucky to live in NJ with so many wonderful beaches. As I have always lived in NJ, summer is synonymous with the shore for me. A day at the beach can really be a day at the beach; fun and inexpensive. Bring your own stuff and research the least expensive beaches or free ones. NJ Monthly has a great shore guide that maps it all out and details all the festivities planned at the various beaches.. many free. A little research can save a lot of money! Enjoy. – Suzanne Cury, writing as a Member of the Mom’s Council

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