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Summer Savings: How To Have A Blast Without Splurging


School is almost out which means both my kiddos will be home full time. During the summer I want to keep them engaged and learning all while having a little bit of fun. Living in such a wonderful city of Portland, OR we really enjoy spending time together as a family and some of the best summer memories are made right near home!  As a family of 5 we are also on a budget and we’ve learned to have fun without spending a ton of money doing it!

Living near the city there are plenty of local parks and places to play. Here in Portland we have many city parks that also have water fountains for the kids to play in. It’s a refreshing and free way to spend the days outdoors having fun, pack sandwiches, salads, and water bottles and enjoy lunch outdoors!

Another great way to spend time together as a family without breaking the bank is exploring what your city has to offer. We found our local library has loaner passes for local spots. Which means that you can get into museums, and local attractions free all you have to do is return the pass as you would a library book. It’s easy and worth looking into and is a great way to see local hot spots for free.

We also enjoy walking the markets here in Portland and spending time downtown.


Exploring where you live in one of the best ways to find affordable and fun activities for your family. The most important thing to remember is that having fun and making memories with your family doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t have to require a lot of planning.

Roast marshmallows in the backyard and sleep in a tent, all while having fun with supplies you already have around your home. Let the kiddos finger paint with chocolate pudding or even help paint the backyard fence, there’s so many ways to enjoy time as a family together. Some of the best and easiest ways to make memories with your family are also the most affordable so explore your community and have fun doing it!


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  1. April C. on June 23, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I love hiking with the kids and seeing historical sites close to home. Fun and economical!

  2. Mary Withrow on June 19, 2013 at 12:29 am

    We have a little place to camp less than 45 minutes from our house. Children have a blast and getting away just to enjoy nature and fish, hike and swim is fantastic. They even have free canoes and paddle boats. We can go to about 10 places with in two hours. Simple but fun and cheap! The internet is a great source. When I think I know of every place, I find another. Families should spend as much time as possible together.

  3. MaryAnn on June 17, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I love how much free stuff there is if you just look. Also I have learned that sites such as groupon are a great tool to use. I have found so many activities for my area very cheap through groupon.

  4. Rebecca Schear on June 9, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Awesome suggestions, Thanks!

  5. Olivia Rubin on June 6, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    It’s amazing the free things they have to do in so many towns along with low cost activites. Libraries often hold free programs, wilderness preserves have low cost programs. Also there are many restaurants that on certain evenings have free dining for kids with purchase of adult meal

  6. Tammy S on June 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    These are all fun idea. we also like to go to Movies in the Park. Our local Parks & Rec have movies in the park each month. It’s like one big picnic.

  7. Michele P on June 3, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    that is what we will be doing this year, exploring locally with maybe a few day trips here and there-there are lots of free things to do here thank goodness… great tips!

  8. Jennifer on June 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I love that we live so close to Disney World. We go visit Downtown Disney all the time because they have a little splash fountain area. I sit in the shade, answering email while my girls play in the Mickey Mouse shaped fountain. It’s free and the girls are dead tired by the end of the day.

  9. Bekah Kuczenski on June 3, 2013 at 8:53 am

    These are great tips! We spend a lot of time at the playground and at our community pool, which is very reasonably priced!

  10. Richard Hicks on June 3, 2013 at 7:34 am

    These are great suggestions. We live on a tight budget and often take day trips within our state and most of the places are free!