Summer Series- Thrifty Thursdays

Posted on Jul 15 2013 - 12:00pm by Jessica Johnson


Last year, my friend Anna wrote an article for organizing summer with kids.  It was so fun, I asked her if she had any new ideas for this summer and she did! Here is part 4 of the Summer Fun by the Weekday series – Jessica Johnson

Shaving cream and popsicle sticks were all over my backyard after last week’s Water Wednesday, but I think it was well worth the mess. I am becoming addicted to popsicles this summer. Anyone else? There are so many recipes and options! After that mess, I was ready for a relaxing day in our neighborhood library. Which is exactly the kind of activity we do on our Thrifty Thursdays.


I’ve compiled a few tips for your Thrifty Thursdays below.

Admittedly, this is a little general. We can do pretty much anything on Thursdays, as long as we save a little money. Some of our ideas include:

  • We have a list of museums and parks that we want to visit, so when we find deals on admissions, we will head to one of them.
  • Go to the thrift store and each kid gets a few dollars to spend on something to play or use for creating something new.
  • The dollar store. Everyone does a chore to earn a dollar and then we go spend it at the dollar store. I usually pay the tax, but the little kids like to make the transaction and get their own bag.
  • Bubbles are thrifty, especially if you make them yourself. Check out this recipe for making gigantic bubbles.
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  • The library is definitely thrifty; we will be going there many Thursdays, I am sure.
  • Local splash pads are usually free (but I am usually worn out from Water Wednesdays!)
  • Home Depot and Lowe’s offer free kid clinics where your kid can make a fun wooden project, get an apron, and you pay nada/nothing/zilch! Home Depot’s kid workshop and Lowe’s Free Kids clinics
  • Check out the Kids Bowl Free program for a participating bowling alley near you.
  • If you have a Bank of America card, you can get free admission to parks, science centers, museums and botanical gardens. Get more details here.

What are your favorite inexpensive or free things to do with your kids in the summer? Do you participate in summer reading programs?