Saturday, July 27, 2013

Guest Post by Shaye

Summer Fun for a Busy Hun!

With summer upon us, moms like me are enjoying time with our kids while brainstorming ways to entertain them on a small - or even better, money-making budgetOne way to entertain both kids and adults is to take a fun summer vacation, but vacations are pricey and require a large amount of planning - which is the opposite of fun!  How can youmake sure that your summer activities meet my family's need for fun and the need to not declare bankruptcy?  Here are some great ways to save money and even earn some extra cash over the summer months.

Pooches for Profit
Kids love animals and variety, and dogs have enough energy to keep up with kids.   Why not start dog boarding over the summer for vacationers?  You can provide a safe, family-friendly environment, and let my kids enjoy having doggy companions and make extra cash all in one go!   
Open the Windows
The dog days of summer come and go, and so does the air conditioning.  If the mornings are cool, there's no reason not to shut off the A/C and take advantage of natural climate control!  Early mornings, late evenings and just after a nice heavy summer rain are the best times to enjoy the cooler weather. 
Pre-Planned Leftovers
It's easy to get into the habit of cooking portions specific to my family's size, but I've found that if you just double the recipe you’ll have two days' worth of meals.  You can even make cooking a family activity!  You freeze the portion you don't eat and heat this up later for a quick and easy meal.  This saves me time and money, and gives me the greatest power ever as far as my kids are concerned:  always having a quick answer for the time-honored "What's for dinner?"

The Crafty Chick
Did you know that signing up for Etsy is free?  Why not open an Etsy store on your own and profit from your talents?  You can set the prices for your work, so that you know that the cost and time spent working on your creations are taken into account, and you don't have to worry about flea market booths.

Between boarding, arts and crafts, and cooking, you’ll see more money in your accountand tired kids ready for bed every night!  Here's to a great summer full of fun activities and great savings!

Shaye is a single mom that has a passion for family, budgeting, healthy living, fitness, and travel. She loves finding new ways to cook healthier and stay fit, all while doing it on a budget. She has a beautiful son and one eccentric dog, but wouldn’t have it any other way.. Follow her blog at!  

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