(FinancialHealth)- Who doesn’t love the word FREE? Summertime can be expensive. It’s not just the cost of vacations and camps either. With a spike in the housing market and rising gas prices, you may be looking to free up a little room in your budget. Here are a few ways you can save money this summer:
Free Museum Admission
Check out the museums in your area to see if they offer FREE admission days. Some may offer free admission for area residents, offer a free museum day once a month, or host free programs for children. While a Free Museum Day exists in September, check your local museums to see if free programs are offered during the summer season.
Free Ice Cream
National Ice Cream Day is July 18th. Look in your area to see if any ice cream shops will be giving out free ice cream in honor of the holiday. Many national chains have been known to offer ice cream for free to bring in customers.
Target SuperStores, Publix Market, and the Ingles grocery chain will often offer a free cookie at the bakery for children shopping with their parents. Grab a sweet treat while grocery shopping, and savor the taste of FREE!
Children under 5 can receive a free book every month from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Register children under 5 to receive their free books, and support childhood literacy. Also, check out your local library’s Summer Reading Program to see how your children can win prizes just for reading.
Did you know that kids can get two free games of bowling each summer? Just register at KidsBowlFree.com. Register to participate, and check out specials where adults can pay a one-time price to bowl with their kids all summer.
Home Depot hosts free DIY workshops for parents and children year-round. They’ve even expanded to offer live-streaming for those who don’t feel comfortable coming into the store, making this event both free AND accessible!
Free Coloring Pages
Forget coloring books! A simple Internet search will lead you to free downloadable coloring pages. Just print, and it’s yours to keep.
Check out local restaurants for FREE food. Many offer free birthday meals, appetizers, or desserts when you register. Others offer Kids Eat Free programs on designated days or offer a free kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult one. July 18th is National Hot Dog Day– look for free hot dogs available in your area.
Free National Park Admission
Did you know that the National Park Service offers several free admission dates each year? For Summer, mark your calendar for August 4th (in honor of the Great American Outdoors Act) and August 25th (to celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday). There are over 400 parks included in this deal.
Many gyms will allow free passes so that you can give their facility a try. Paid fitness apps may also offer a free trial. And don’t forget the many FREE fitness classes available on YouTube. For instance, you can sign up for a free 30-day yoga class that you can participate in at your own convenience.
Gas prices may keep rising, and the home market may be seeing explosive growth, but there are still so many ways to save for summer. Using local community resources and keeping an eye out for free summer deals could help ease the pressure on your budget. Have fun this summer without breaking the bank!
~Here’s to your Financial Health!
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