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What is your family doing this summer? Are you taking a big family vacation? we just don’t have the vacation time or the budget to take an extended vacation this year. We may be hanging out at home and town, but that doesn’t mean we’re not having fun either. We’ve had a blast having our own “staycation” and have enjoyed the time together and the fun we’ve had. We’ve even saved additional money doing it using paperless coupons and finding free and cheap activities.
Here’s a few tips for having a fun and frugal staycation of your own.
Find Free Fun in Your Own Hometown
Summer activities don’t have to be pricey, and you don’t have to fork over the cash for expensive amusement parks or other attractions to have a good time. Watch your local paper and event calendars for fun and free events your family can enjoy like fireworks, parades, library story times and more. Hit your local parks or head to county and state parks for hiking, swimming and more.
Part of the fun of summer heat is the cool frozen treats. It’s fun and tasty to break out the popsicles, freeze pops, ice cream and more. Let kids help make the treats for extra fun and experiment with new colors and flavors. Yes, they may be messy, but have them enjoy the treats outside to minimize the mess and then just have them run through the sprinkler or hose to cool off and clean up at the same time.
Make Your Background an Oasis
If your family will be spending lots of time at home enjoying your deck, patio or yard, pick up a few new and affordable items to add to the fun. Whether it’s grilling accessories, supplies for s’mores, citronella candles or water balloons for the biggest water fight ever, it doesn’t have to be expensive and you can even watch sales or clip coupons to help you save even more.
Light Up the Night
No school means the kiddies can stay up later and enjoy a bit of fun after the sun goes down. Help them enjoy this time by catching lightening bugs, lighting sparklers, having a campfire or breaking out some fun glow sticks and glow jewelry for some late night fun. You can also have a blast with hide and go seek in the dark, shadow puppets and more!
Last week to get ready for a busy summer of busy activities here at home and around town with our family and friends, my family headed to Walgreens so that I could show my husband and kids how to use coupons to save even more on our staycation. If you’ve ever tried to clip and use paper coupons in a busy retail store with your kids “helping”, you know what a challenge it is. During our busy summer months I often don’t clip as many paper coupons, and instead use my favorite way of saving — paperless coupons to save on what our family needs.
If you’re not familiar with Walgreens paperless coupons, they link to your own Balance Rewards account and can be redeemed when you purchase products. To redeem simply scan your Balance Rewards Card (via the App on your phone, the actual card or by punching in your phone number) at checkout and it automatically is applied. You no longer need to use scissors to cut coupons or remember to bring them to the store and these manufacturer coupons work great with Walgreens sales and register rewards program to help you save even more. To get started, just sync your Balance Rewards membership to the Mobile App on your phone and the app is free to download. Using the coupons at the register is easy too, and since each paperless coupon can only be used once, will be deleted from your coupon list.
While at Walgreens, we purchased an assortment of groceries for some fun picnic lunches, snacks, drinks and more to keep refreshed and having fun on the rest of our staycation before school starts. Who knew hanging out at home could be this fun and affordable too?!
What are your tips for having a fun and frugal staycation?
This was a #WalgreensPaperless #CollectiveBias shopping project. All opinions are my own.