5 Ways to Have a Frugal Summer Vacation

by JS 

Summer Vacation

Summer vacations are feeling the crunch of the rising gas prices. Many families are rethinking elaborate travel plans and scrapping them for shorter trips or just staying home.

This means you have to be more creative as you re-plan your big summer getaway. While it may seem disappointing to your travel companions at first, they’ll soon realize the necessity and hopefully a vacation on par with memorable ones of the past.

Here are five activities that our family will be doing to save money on summer vacation this year:

  1. Check out your local library. Many public libraries are trying to get more visitors and have expanded their offerings. You’ll find free concerts and visiting authors. Many libraries now lend movies and CDs. You’ll also find listings for other free events in and around your community in the library’s lobby area.
  2. Go to a museum. Any urban center will have a host of museums for you to choose from. Even if your kids act as if they’ll be bored out of their minds if they’re dragged to a museum, they usually wind up having a blast. Science museums turn the most boring topics into interactive fun. Museums are still relatively inexpensive too!
  3. Rekindle an old hobby. This summer could be a great time to pick up your old hobby. Consider dusting off an old collection of baseball cards or stamps. If you’re serious about getting back into your old hobby, then look in your local newspaper for notices about trade shows.
  4. Get in touch with your community center. Your community center is great place to turn when you’re looking to beat the heat. These are inexpensive places to go swimming and many will offer cheap lessons for your younger children. They’ll also have indoor and outdoor activities you can get involved with and these are excellent ways to connect with old friends and make some new ones.
  5. Pretend you’re from out of town. Wherever you live take advantage of some of the local attractions that you’ve been taking for granted all these years. I live in the Greater Boston area and can’t remember the last time I took a walk around Walden Pond, made famous by Henry David Thoreau in the 19th century. There are bound to be places that you just have always overlooked that are truly great places to visit. Be a local tourist and find out what you’ve been missing.

Have an excellent low cost summer vacation!

About the Author: Heather Johnson is an industry critic on the subject of types of credit cards. She invites your feedback at heatherjohnson2323 [at] gmail [dot] com.

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4 Responses to “5 Ways to Have a Frugal Summer Vacation”

  1. RecycleCindy on June 17th, 2008 4:01 pm

    I love the idea of pretending. How about going outside and camping in your yard. Fun for the kids and the parents can have fun too with roasting hotdogs and marshmallows.

  2. JS on June 17th, 2008 4:37 pm

    Cindy, camping in the yard is an excellent idea! I love it.

  3. Personal Checks Unlimited on June 18th, 2008 10:32 am

    Great tips that are definitely needed. We live in “vacation central” on the gulf coast and there does seem to be a slow down in mass numbers of vacationers. It’s kind of nice for us though, we can “vacation at home” a little bit ourselves!

  4. Blair Landon on June 25th, 2008 6:55 pm

    Being frugal this summer is very important with the rising gas prices and rising food costs. Luckily Jack in the Box is here to save turn your gas into food. You love those tacos from Jack in the Box, don’t deny it.—the crispy goodness with the melted cheese, hot sauce and crisp lettuce on the inside. With gas becoming more and more expensive, Jack wants to help you fill your stomach. Bring any gas receipt to Jack in the Box next Thursday, June 26th, and get TWO FREE TACOS. No gimmicks, no hidden fees, no purchase necessary—just two free tacos! Let all your friends know if they like taaaaacos

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