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Summer on a Budget

All of our summer-themed content is here in one place, helping you enjoy summer on a budget.

We share practical tips, budget-friendly ideas, and smart strategies to help you make the most of the season while keeping your finances in check.

From affordable family outings to cost-effective meal planning and clever ways to save on travel, get ready to enjoy a fantastic summer filled with fun, relaxation, and savings.

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Create a summer budget

Establishing a summer budget can help you keep track of your expenses and identify areas where you can save. Set spending limits for entertainment, dining out, and other discretionary expenses. And use all of our FREE resources here!

Look for free or discounted summer programs, workshops, and camps for kids. Take advantage of seasonal sales on outdoor gear, clothing, and summer essentials.

By having a clear budget in place, you can make informed financial decisions and prioritize your family’s savings goals throughout the summer break.

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Summer kids activities

Free summer reading programs

Free and low-cost summer movies

25+ indoor summer activities for kids

20+ outdoor summer activities for kids (TBP)

Summer activities for tweens (TBP)

Summer STEM activities for tweens

ice cream cone in front of pink ice cream truck

Summer jobs

50 summer jobs for teens

Ways for college kids to earn money this summer

Summer activities for adults

How to host a summer BBQ on a budget

How to host a pool party on a budget

How to plan a summer date on a budget

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Summertime foods

There are so many options for summer parties, potlucks and barbeques. We like to keep it simple and cook at home. These recipe collections are full of frugal dishes for your summer celebrations.

Healthy summer appetizers

Cold summer dips for parties

Dessert ideas for summer

Over 40 fun summer cookies

20+ summer slow cooker meals

9 pasta salads for summer

flower decor at the pool

Summer decorating ideas

While it may be easy to just buy decorations at a store, there are good reasons to make your own. First, you can be as creative as you like, without spending too much money. A lot of DIY summer decor can be used every year.

Pool noodle fireworks

Dollar Tree summer wreath