Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Have Fun on a Budget

One of my readers made the comment today that they enjoyed my site, but we must be well off to afford all of the educational trips that we take. Nothing could be further than the truth! We are a one income family as many homeschoolers are, so there are challenges that come with
making that decision. We are actually considered one of Georgia's "working poor".

Our Gettysburg trip has been the only family vacation that we have taken that did not revolve around work or visiting family. Santa brought the reenactment tickets to our son for Christmas & we planned the next 7 months before taking the trip.

Our Texas trip was completely paid for by a close friend who wanted to go but did not want to travel by herself. What kind of friend would I be if I turned her down...ha!

The field trips are low cost things that most families can afford. We actually went with a friend who schools her children through the Georgia Virtual Academy. The trips were either free or deeply discounted for the group. Plus there are numerous museums that are free, all you have to do is leave a small donation. Historical sites are usually very economical & it doesn't cost much to walk & explore the historical past of towns.

My husband does travel for his job & we get to go with him since we homeschool. It may sound glamorous but it is really not. We just take advantage of every opportunity that comes our way to explore what is around us. You can do the same! Check local museums, science centers & state parks. State parks have a list of things for kids to do in the summer! So get out & hike the trails, find educational opportunities at the state parks, check with your county recreation department for special summer events. Look in the phonebook in the front of the yellow pages...they usually have local attractions listed. This is where I find a lot of information when I am visiting a new town.

Surround yourself with a network of friends & family, and you will never run out of things to do...for free. Have cookouts, camp out in your own yard, have movie & game nights.

Let me know what things you find to do this summer & share it with our readers!

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