Summer Planning

In early June, summer break seems like such a long stretch of time, full of possibility. You have big plans and so do your spouse and your kids. But without a little actual planning and coordination, it’s easy to let summer pass you buy.

Yes, it’s nice to have some time to relax, sleep in and not do a whole lot of anything, but between limited days off for many parents and budget constraints when it comes to summer spending, having a fun summer full of family memories can be a bit of a challenge.

Before you know it summer is over, the weather’s getting cooler and the kids are back in school.

To make sure summer doesn’t pass you by and to make sure everyone’s happy, start your summer break with a family meeting. You can do this before Summer break starts, right at the beginning, or anytime you feel the need to get everyone on the same page. Continue reading

Regardless of whether you travel or have a staycation, summer vacations when the children are out of school can be very expensive if you don’t plan ahead and look for as many ways to save money as possible. Here are some suggestions.

Draw Up a Budget

No matter where you are during the summer, try to set yourself a daily allowance and try not to go over. You might wish to get a small notebook you can carry around with you easily so you can keep track of what you are spending when you are out with the kids.

Summer Camp

Summer camps such as the Y enroll early, sometimes as early as January depending on the facility. They also offer scholarships, but you need to apply in advance. The same is true for their sleepaway camps. Check to see if your child is old enough for sleepaway. Room and board will be included, and all activities. Continue reading