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May 27, 2009Save Money this Summer with Weight Loss Camps For Teens and Other Ideas
The approach of summer usually means that household costs will rise in families that have children that will be home every day for the next few months. If youre not planning to send your kid to a sports or weight loss camp this summer, you need to plan for some higher costs. When your children are home, you tend to spend more money on food items, paper items and cold drinks. If you live in a neighborhood with a lot of kids, they may be at your house too making these costs even higher.
Given the economic slowdown that were in the middle of, it is more important than ever to find a way to provide food, drinks and entertainment in affordable ways.
You wont be able to sneak that expensive bag of cookies in the cart to keep for yourself. Now that the kids are home, you need to stock up on bulk food items that are affordable and healthy. This can be tough, but not impossible. Here are some ideas:
I bought a microwave popcorn maker so that I could use less expensive kernels rather than prepared microwave bags. This way, I get to control the flavoring as well. Instead of tons of butter, I use cheese powder, seasoning salt or even pepper flakes for the older kids. Its a nice, spicy snack that is low in calories yet filling.
I make a lot of jello jigglers in the summer. They are really easy and inexpensive. A nice cool treat! Bulk popsicle are great too, but make sure you have the kids take their drippy treat outside to avoid clean up.
One of my children went to one of the well known summer weight loss camps a couple years ago and brought home some good suggestions for quick and easy snacks that arent too unhealthy. As far as more nutritious items, you can buy carrots and celery and keep dipping cups of peanut butter. I also use left-over ranch dips that come with fast food to serve with veggies. Just keep them right in your veggie drawer and your kids might be more inclined to reach for a healthier snack. For lunches, we have a kids go home for lunch policy in our neighborhood so that none of us are stuck with feeding the whole crew every day.
This one is easy: Water! Its pretty cheap unless you have to purchase bottled water. Ive saved so much money by making one purchase. We bought an RO (reverse osmosis) system to filter our kitchen sink water. I couldnt believe all the money I was spending on bottled water. Not only that, but environmentally speaking, I wasnt doing very well in that department either!
This summer, Ill just keep pitchers of ice cold water in the refrigerator and refill everybodys reusable water bottles all day. When my kids go to the neighbors house, I send their reusable bottles with as well.
For really active or really hot days, sports drinks can be helpful to keep kids hydrated. Buy the big gallons instead of the little bottles to save money.
Although fun at first, cheap activities like running in the sprinkler will become boring for your children. You may start thinking about taking them to movies or an amusement park, but there might be another idea. Summer camps for kids may seem expensive until you add up all of the above costs. Check out the various summer camps for kids such as athletic, academic, creative or weight loss camps. Youll probably save money and your sanity!
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