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Surviving Summer on a Budget (Frugal Friday)

Posted By Jessica Fisher On May 26, 2011 @ 7:42 pm In Announcements,Budget Living,Camp Wannalaffalotta,Frugal Friday,Summertime | 30 Comments

Summer is just around the corner. I know because this week we ended the school year [4] and are looking at two months of summertime bliss. You know, lazy days, laughing children, yummy snacks, cool breezes after hours of sunshine, a few splashes in the pool, and, don’t forget yummy snacks.

And while we would like to think that a fantastic summer just happens, the reality is that summer entertainment takes planning or money — or both.

And since we don’t have an unlimited budget, planning is the key. But planning can be a little intimidating if you’re just recovering from months of packing lunches, driving carpools, and searching for lost school papers.

Never fear – FishMama’s got you covered.

photo credit: Jamie Getskow Voeltz

Earlier this month, with the help of my lovely assistant and kid sister [5], I put the finishing touches on The Summer Survival Guide [6]. It is over 200 pages of summer fun planning tips, including:

  • to do lists (customizable)
  • schedules (customizable)
  • budget worksheets (customizable)
  • travel planning forms (customizable)
  • crafting with kids
  • meal planning ideas
  • activities and worksheets designed with children in mind (customizable)
  • calendars
  • road trip ideas
  • emergency preparedness
  • plus, 16 weeks of preplanned themed activites, including books, crafts, movies, and field trips ideas.

The downloadable ebook is regularly $9, making it a great deal to get your summer under control. You can view sample pages here [7]. This is NOT a physical document; you will only receive a pdf file of the book.

I know from experience that preplanning can help our family stay under budget. And while the book isn’t free (sorry!) — it does contain lots of tips and tricks to help you save money in the coming months. With suggestions on how to create a summer budget and how to save money on all kinds of summer fun, the book also provides the plans and reading recommendations to 16 weeks of summer fun with your kids.

Read my friend Amy’s review [8] to see how she’s making it work for her and how Connie is planning all kinds of fun [9] at her house. And check out Prerna’s review, too [10].

Today, it’s my birthday!

I am now 39. Whew. And in honor of “FishMama’s 1st Annual 39th Birthday,” I’m offering a sale on all my ebooks, including The Summer Survival Guide [6] and Organizing Life as MOM [11].

Use the code 39BDAY on all purchases of $4 or more and receive $2 off your purchase.

The sale goes from now until June 1.

Summer should be fun, but not expensive.

Summer Survival Guide [6]
A 200+ page ebook full of summertime inspiration for planning family fun. Includes 38 printable and/or customizable pages as well as ideas for home management, emergency preparedness, family fun, and more.
Price: $9.00
Price: $9.00

What are your favorite money saving ideas?

Link up a money-saving post or share your idea in the comments.

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[8] Read my friend Amy’s review: http://www.momstoolbox.com/blog/2011/05/26/make-it-a-great-summer/

[9] how Connie is planning all kinds of fun: http://www.smockityfrocks.com/2011/05/host-your-own-mini-summer-camp.html

[10] check out Prerna’s review, too: http://www.themomwrites.com/2011/05/how-to-make-the-summer-season-a-fun-time-for-the-family.html

[11] Organizing Life as MOM: http://lifeasmom.com/organizing-life-as-mom-the-ebook

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