Summer vacation plans on a budget

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All of us like a vacation, but we can’t always afford to take one. It is not the cost of a vacation that makes it memorable, but the time spent together as a family. It does not have to be costly to have fun. There are several options when you are on a limited budget. It will take some creative thinking and some planning, but you can still have a good time and build lasting memories with your family.

Bring your family together and start brainstorming and planning.

Here are some things to discuss:

• Set a goal. Know what you would like to do and where you would like to go. Do some research on what it would cost and if you can afford it. Put that amount of money into your budget well in advance.

• Shop for the best deals and make reservations in advance. Are there any discounts or package deals?

If your budget is very tight there are other options:

• Have an overnight adventure to somewhere close by. You can even pack your snacks and simple meals to keep your costs down.

• Take a trip to your Grandparents or other family members.

• Take a road trip for just a day. A short afternoon getaway can be a great way to spend some quality family time and relax.

• Have a backyard vacation. Get away from the stress of your job and set up a campground in your own backyard. Be sure to involve the whole family.

• Hiking can be a great way to spend time with your family and get some exercise at the same time. Nature’s scenery can be very calming and relaxing.

• Pretend you are a tourist in your own or nearby community. There may be many things you have not seen, or may enjoy seeing again. Many communities have a unique history to check out.

• Go camping. You do not have to go far to enjoy camping. You can go to a campground, the city park, your backyard, or create a campground in your own living room.

Gather your family and start planning and creating. Maximize your vacation using a limited budget.

Reach Karen Slunecka at 605-626-2870 or