I decided early on that we would take a family vacation every summer, no matter what our financial situation was. We booked inexpensive trips like camping at the Jersey shore or driving to Tennessee and camping nearby so we could go to Dollywood. We drove to Florida and stayed at an inexpensive condo outside of DisneyWorld. It lacked the convenience or the “status” of staying in DisneyWorld, but my kids had a great time on a shoestring budget!
We cooked out on the grill on our camping trips, saving on meals. We shopped at a local supermarket and ate sandwiches.
We went to local parks, the zoo, visited friends, went to the pool. I did backyard Olympics with my children and their friends and we did crafts together. They swung on trees, rode their bikes and played with friends.
Mother of 3, Grandmother of 2