The following post was sponsored by Upromise, all opinions are my own.
My oldest child will be applying to colleges in 7 years, only 7 years!!!! I can feel my blood pressure rising. With 5 kids and me staying home we are on a very strict budget that does not include a big nest egg for college. If nothing changes my kids will be graduating with hefty loans and I really don’t want that for them. I was fortunate and had academic scholarships to ease my debt burden but those are never a guarantee. As my kids keep growing I am always on the lookout for ways to save that don’t impact my budget and I just found one to try. The best part about this new option is it will help with my college issues and not hurt my budget.
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Summer is here and it is time to enjoy some fun with my kids, but taking 5 kids palces can get really, really expensive so I need things on a budget. Of course their are all kinds of great programs that I would love for my kids to be involved in but they are expensive and quickly add up. Here is a list of places I suggest looking to find great deals on free or inexpensive activities for your children.
- Local library: Usually they have a weekly free story time, summer reading program and often other special events that are free as well.
- Community center: Check out prices at your community center and those surrounding you. Sometimes even non resident prices are very reasonable. Also check out you nearest city, city sponsored programs tend to be be very inexpensive. You can find one time events or even camps or classes.
- Parks & Recreation Departments: Many parks offer one time free events and classes for kids especially during spring and summer.
- Local churches: Many churches offer all kinds of programs that are open to everyone, not just members, for a very nominal fee. VBS is big in the summer and most churches offer a discount if you volunteer.
- Zoo, museum and other attractions: While special events at these places are often very pricey usually they offer free events on occasion or discounts to members. We recently discovered the Ohio Historical Center and the attached Village a member ship was just $55 for our family for the year and it reciprocates many other places.
- Join A Pool: Here in Columbus there are pools of all price that may be worth joining. We get a membership at a pool where we know a majority of the people so it is a play date and summerf un plus they have $.50 hot dog night so cheap dinner!
- Organize something with friends: Organize a fun activity with friends this is always more fun for the moms if you can socialize while the kids play. Pick a local free activity and go as a group or ask about group rates.
This is what I have found so far, I would love to hear if you have any other suggestions on finding cheap or free activities to get your young kids involved in. Cheers to affordable summer fun!
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I hate filling my car with gas, now that I have a giant car to fit my big family I feel like I am at the gas station way too often and the prices hurt my wallet! Since I drive the gas guzzler my husband and I like to amass our fuel points and use them to fill my car. We do our weekly grocery shopping at Kroger and with 1 point per dollar and 7 mouths to feed we can build up fuel points pretty quickly.
With Kroger earning fuel points takes no effort since swiping your card to save on your groceries also helps you earn fuel points, no extra steps needed. Around us Kroger fueling stations have popped up all over so I no longer have to search out a Kroger station I pass them all the time and that means I never fill up with out saving. Kroger teamed up with some fun mom bloggers to find out what they think of Kroger Fuel Points so check out the video, I know I learned a new tip. I had no idea you could earn extra fuel points by going online to complete the survey at the bottom of your receipt! Plus now through July 27 earn double fuel points when you shop Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays simply download the digital coupon just once and you are set for earning double fuel points.
Over the past week I have been sharing with you my experience using the American Express prepaid card. First I told you how I think it is a great alternative to the cash only system. In my opinion it is much more convenient and practical than the cash only system and I would do much better with it since I am not a fan of carrying around cash, I like to swipe and be on my way. Plus I love to have a visual record of where exactly my money is going and with an American Express prepaid card I have that just like I do with my bank card.
Then I shared with you how easy the American Express prepaid card is to use and reload on the go. While at BlogHer I used the American Express prepaid card for my expenses. I could have easily ended up over budget with all the great places to eat and fun things to do but I stayed on budget knowing when the money was gone it was gone and I still had to pay for my luggage on my return flight. When I wanted to take my roommate out to lunch for her birthday it was easy to reload on the fly and have instant access to my money.
So will I keep the American Express prepaid card in my wallet? That is a definite yes. I tend to be an impulse shopper, sometimes, and it always comes back to haunt me. I love that the American Express prepaid card allows me to still steer free of cash yet keeps me firmly on budget. I do best with keeping my books balanced when I have no wiggle room and the American Express prepaid card allows me no wiggle room. If I don’t have the funds I can’t spend them since the card does not allow you to overdraw. So for me this card is a good fit how about you does it sound like a good fit for you?
I am receiving compensation from American Express while I act as a spokesperson, but all opinions are my own.