Summer Fun for Single Mom Families

(This article was originally published to Examiner.com on June 30, 2009. I thought some of my readers may enjoy the read. ~ Shannon) It may sometimes feel overwhelming being the only parent taking care of your children. You have to feed them, clothe them, pay the bills and do everything else necessary to make sure that your children are adequately taken care of. It can … Continue reading Summer Fun for Single Mom Families

Top 10 Reasons to Hang out at Your Local Park by Shannon L. Buck

(Previously published on Y! Contributor Network. The park is a place where you can hang out for free, or frugally depending on why you are there.) Top 10 Reasons to Hang out at Your Local Park Nice weather means that more people are outside. They are looking for things to do that will not cost a lot of money, but that will be enjoyable. Hanging … Continue reading Top 10 Reasons to Hang out at Your Local Park by Shannon L. Buck

Summer Vacation on the Cheap: 10 Tips for Camping Frugally

contributed by Maria Rainier Summer vacation is finally here, and, whether you’re a student yourself or a parent of elementary to college-age students, the time has come to figure out summer plans. When you’re on a budget, one of the best ways to get away from home and enjoy the summer months is to go camping. While there are plenty of people who spend way … Continue reading Summer Vacation on the Cheap: 10 Tips for Camping Frugally

Guest Article: 5 Frugal Outings for Your Family

contributed by Melissa Cleo With school almost out, kids are going to want to do some fun things this summer. Money may be tight, but that does not mean you cannot have fun. All you need is a little creativity and to stay local. Save your money for your vacation. While at home, take advantage of free events or take picnics. There is so much … Continue reading Guest Article: 5 Frugal Outings for Your Family

Guest Article: Freedom for Free

contributed by Vikonda Morales With unemployment being rather common and raises in the workplace being rather rare, people are seeking out entertainment that is available for either a low cost or no cost at all. While some individuals might say that absolutely everything in life is expensive, this is certainly not the case to me! Always Free Some activities have always been free. Take children … Continue reading Guest Article: Freedom for Free

Guest Article: The Frugalista Guide to Keeping Your Family Cool and Sane this Summer

Photo Credit: Flickr Commons, Dave DeSandro via a Creative Commons License When it comes to summer time, small children, and quite probably, small spaces and limited cooling means or funds to run such means, you have almost a surefire recipe for tired, cranky, hot, sweaty, sticky kiddos and moms. Almost, but it doesn’t have to be a guarantee. Whether you need to plan to invest … Continue reading Guest Article: The Frugalista Guide to Keeping Your Family Cool and Sane this Summer

Feature Article: 5 Affordable Summer Activities for Children

By Sheila Buck Parents sometimes find it hard to keep their children occupied during the summer months. Many summer camps and other programs cost money that families may not have. The following are some ideas for summer activities that are affordable, and the children will have fun doing them. Summer camp is an activity that most kids want to participate in. These types of camps … Continue reading Feature Article: 5 Affordable Summer Activities for Children

Our Mini Vacation

Each year, we take a mini vacation at Katie’s parents camp. There are always many people there, and we have much fun. This year, Katie invited Skye’s boyfriend and two of Zowie’s friends along as well. Usually this is a completely free vacation for us, but I decided that I couldn’t expect her to feed all of us for the weekend, on top of everyone … Continue reading Our Mini Vacation

Seasonal Fun: Summer and Autumn

Summer: Find a swimming hole that your family can visit free of charge. Go on picnics whenever you can. Take advantage of the playground. The park is a great place to play Frisbee, tag or baseball. When it is too hot to move, read a good book.   Autumn: Rake the leaves and jump in the pile. Make a scarecrow from old clothes. Take a … Continue reading Seasonal Fun: Summer and Autumn

Having Fun, and Still Moving Information

  Take the children to the playground. Play with them, take some photos, and have a picnic.  I still love to swing! A day at the beach with friends: Swim, play Frisbee, look for frogs, take photographs, have a picnic, relax and talk. I used to travel the back roads with friends. There are plenty of places to pitch a tent. One time we were … Continue reading Having Fun, and Still Moving Information

Spring, Summer and Fall Clean-Up

I’m sure that you all notice that people in your, and surrounding, towns often have spring clean up times. They are allowed to put things by the roads to be taken away. It sits there for a while before this happens. There is a reason for that. It is a great recycling program. Now, notice that some of the people in your, and surrounding, towns … Continue reading Spring, Summer and Fall Clean-Up