Monday, May 25, 2009

Frugal Vacations Part 2

Are you skipping a trip this summer to save money? Thinking you can't have fun in your backyard? Think again!! Try a Staycation and enjoy exploring your own backyard while discovering the simple pleasures in life. Here are some great money saving tips and ideas to enjoy a Staycation in your hometown.

1. Tap Those Natural Resources In Your Area: Check out your local tourism website and see your hometown in a new way. For local hiking trails near you, try this website.

2. Explore The Art Scene: Most towns host free summer festivals dedicated to arts, crafts, local produce, flea markets and antiques. Make sure to check out free outdoor concerts and theater performances through the local newspaper and the Chamber of Commerce website. Have you visited your nearby art or natural history museum?? What a wonderful way to spend the day!

3. Camp Out In Your Own Backyard: Pitch a tent, make s'mores over the grill and tell some funny and scary ghost stories. The National Wildlife Federation has designated June 27, The Great American Backyard Campout Day! So go ahead and make a family night to remember!

4. Swim With Friends: Make sure to make use of the public pools around your area. Most offer free or reduced admission on certain days or times. They are usually big as well so make a day of it by inviting friends and family along.

5. Catch A Cheap Flick: Like in my last post (Regal's Free Family Film Festival) Take advantage of cheap movies. Most chain cinemas offer free or $1 G and PG movies on certain weekday mornings. Be sure to check with your local movie theaters to see what they have to offer.

6. Raise A Glass: Any one interested in Wine Tasting??? Most states have a wine-producing region. Get a group of friends together, designate a driver and check out American Wines for tasting opportunities near you.

As always the most important thing to keep in mind while planning your summer activities, enjoy and make lasting memories. Remember, you don't need to spend a ton of money to have memories that will last a lifetime!

Written By: Laura

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