Surviving Summer on a Budget (Frugal Friday) EXPIRED

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Summer is just around the corner. I know because this week we ended the school year 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, I put the finishing touches on The Summer Survival Guide. 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. 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 to see how she’s making it work for her and how Connie is planning all kinds of fun at her house. And check out Prerna’s review, too.

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 and Organizing Life as MOM.

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.

Get the book here.

What are your favorite money saving ideas?

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

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  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jessica!!! I hope you have a wonderful day and a great 39th year – celebrate to the max (within budget, of course)! 😀

  2. Thank you for the book. I will have to check it out. It is definitely time to get some ideas together for what to do over the summer.

  3. Happy birthday to you!!

    And let me just say, I’ve moved a few years past 39 and it isn’t so bad on this side, either! 🙂

  4. Thank you for hosting. I’m a follower, and this hop is found on a page on my site that lists more than 200 hops, memes, and photo challenges… some for each day of the week. Check under the header for the link to that page. I’ve also just started a BlogFrog community that focuses on hops, carnivals, memes, and photo challenges. Go to to visit & participate.
    I hope you’ll visit me soon. I follow back!

  5. Happy birthday !
    Summer is coming and I don´t want to underestimate the preparation so that I can enjoy the summer with my family as much as possible. I am looking forward to reading your book.

  6. Jessica, I bought your Summer Survival Guide, copied it, and made myself a notebook for summer. I can’t wait to use it!!

    I do have a question though, is there any way to save a copy to my computer so that I can use the links? You have a ton of great links in there and I can’t access them once my 72 hr. period ends for my download.


    1. You should be able to right click it and save the entire thing. Email me if you have troubles. jessica at lifeasmom dot com

  7. Happy Birthday! I hit the big 4-0 in July. Thanks for the research/date-night you did in Carlsbad for me! I hope you had a great time! I wrote down the info for the restaurant. We will try it out. God bless you for all that you do for your readers! Love your blog and appreciate all of your help and advice and tips in my “Life as Mom”