25 Days of Summer Savings: Find A Local Bike Trail

Looking for a fun frugal activity this summer? By far one of the things that we’ve loved since moving to Ohio has been checking out new walking and bike trails, and with beautiful weather this summer just about everywhere, there’s just no reason not to try out a new trail in your hometown!

Last week my husband and I found ourselves kidless for exactly one hour and twenty-two minutes, so we headed out for a quick bike ride on a local trail. We had absolutely no idea where we were going, but ended up on the boardwalk above after riding for thirty minutes. We had such a great time, and didn’t spend a penny enjoying the evening!

We do have bikes (which we’ve had for several years), but you could always just walk a local trail if you don’t have those already. 

 

If you’re new to hiking or biking, go HERE to find a local trail in your area, and read more tips over HEREI’d love to hear if you’ve found a great place to ride near you – leave a comment to share!

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Ivory Bar Soap Experiment

Here’s a fun little experiment to do at home with Ivory Soap (especially since it’s on sale this week at Walgreens!)

Pop a bar in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and watch it expand. If you’re kids are like mine, they’ll love watching it, your microwave will smell Ivory Clean fresh, and it’s neat to watch the consistency change. Fun!

 

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Homemade Sprinkler

We tried out making this plastic bottle sprinkler last summer, and it was so easy, lots of fun, and my kids set it up all by themselves! (I hate my kids growing up, but there is definitely something nice about having ones big enough to help out with these projects . . . especially since I’m not all that handy with a drill myself.) :)

 

Homemade Sprinkler

 

Here’s what you’ll need to get started it if you’d like a little frugal summer fun too:

  • plastic bottle (we used a 2-liter bottle)
  • duct tape
  • hose
  • drill to make holes in the bottle
Go HERE for great step-by-step instructions ~ it should take you just a few minutes to set up and my kids loved it.

 

What ideas will be on you summer to do list this year? I’d love to hear them! You can also check out my summer fun board on Pinterest for more summer fun ideas.

 

 

 

 

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Backyard Obstacle Course

Looking for another way to enjoy some Summer Savings? Here’s an EASY idea: we made a simple backyard obstacle course today (using items from our garage), and my kids enjoyed exactly 18 minutes of happiness until one was wounded by a splinter. ;)

My kids love gymnastics (and spend a lot of hours practicing in the gym each week) so I let them put boards up high to make a balance beam while I was standing nearby. If your kids are younger (or not used to being up high), you could easily create a balance beam on the lower portion of a set of saw horses.

All they did was time themselves going across the “beam”, racing between trees, jumping off dirt mounds (yes, we still have mounds in our yard ~ grrrr ~ ) and raced up to and back from a certain point pushing the wheelbarrow. They of course fought hard to have the fastest time, and had a ton of fun with absolutely no moo-lah involved. Summer savings success! ;)

To see more (involved!) ways to create an obstacle course in your backyard without spending a penny, head on over HERE.

And by the way, they did wear tennis shoes the second time around – clearly this was not something to tackle in their flip flops! And yes, we’re still praying for grass around here. Trying to make some lemonade out of lemons though I s’pose. . . ;)

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25 Days of Summer Savings: Find A Local Splash Pad

Looking for a fun (frugal) break from the summer heat? Way up here in Ohio we haven’t struggled too much with heat at all (I’m absolutely shocked with how cool it is here so far), but on way-too-hot-days a great option is to find a local splash pad.

Here are a few (random!) splash pads I found in different areas of the country. (Leave a comment if you have a great one in your hometown!)

You can find many more Splash Pad Parks over HERE as well – let me know if you’ve visited one that your kids have loved nearby!

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Walmart Back To School Price Guide

 

Ready to start hunting down back-to-school deals for your kids? I’m not quite there yet (ugh!), but the sales are already in full swing so I guess it’s time to get hopping. I always start each back-to-school season by seeing what the regular prices are at Walmart, so that when the office supply stores start putting out their ads I know whether or not their items are (really) a good deal.

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(I actually went to Staples to grab their bargains right before visiting Walmart and realized that already Walmart was so close on some of their prices that I could have saved myself some effort without hitting Staples this week ~ except for the penny paper.) ;)

 

Okie dokie . . .  here’s a peek so you can start comparing prices before spending too much:

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Basic Wood Ruler $.25

CraZ Art 24 ct Crayons $.25

Crayola 24 ct Crayons 24 $.50

Crayola 16 ct Crayons $1.14

Crayola 8 ct Crayons $.87

Crayola 8 ct Jumbo Crayons $.67

Crayola 10 ct Markers $1.27

Crayola 10 ct  Washable Markers $1.97

CraZ Art Colored Pencils 12 ct $.77

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Elmers Small Glue Sticks 2 ct $.50 (Thanks Beth!)

Elmers Small Glue Sticks 4 ct $1.97

Elmers Large Glue Sticks 3 ct $2.97

Elmer Glue $.50

CraZ Art 8 ct Water Colors Paint Set $.97

Crayola 8 ct Water Colors Paint Set $1.97 

 

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Wooden Pencils #2 20 ct $.97

Bic 10 ct Mechanical Pencils $1.46

Papermate Pens 10 ct $.97

Bic Cristal-Stick Pens 10 ct $1.17

 

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Paper Folder with Prongs $.15

1 Subject 70 Sheet Notebook $.25

1 Subject 70 Sheet Notebook 5 pack $.97

1″ Basic Binder $.94

3×5 Index Card Case $.88

Post it Note Flags $1

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Crayola Washable Dry Eraser Marker 6 ct $3.97

Sharpie Highlighter 4 pk $1.74

Sharpie Marker 5 ct $3.47

Expanding File, 13 Pocket $3.97

Kids Scissors 2 ct $.97

Pink Eraser 2-ct $.50

Pencil Top Erasers 25 ct $.97

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Mini Plastic School Supply Box $.47

1″ Avery Durable Binder $2.47

1 1/2″ Avery Heavy Duty Binder with Clear Cover $4.97

Locker Mate Shelf $4.97

Assorted Locker Supplies $1.97 – $4.97

 

Let me know if you find any great back-to-school deals, and find the complete list of back-to-school deals over HERE!

 

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25 Days of Summer Savings Day 6: Ice Cream Savings

Does your family love ice cream in the summertime? July is National Ice Cream Month, so it’s a great time to enjoy a deal. ;)

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25 Days of Summer Savings Day 5: Free or Cheap Summer Movies

Have you checked out your local free or discounted movie theaters lately? If you love watching movies in the theater, the summertime is a great time to take advantage of all the movie deals out there. Here are the best deals I know of (but feel free to leave a comment if you know of other savings and I’ll add them to the list!)

  • AMC Theaters – $3 Movies at 10 PM Monday & Wednesday. See schedule HERE.
  • Carmike – Every Thursday at 10:00.  See schedule HERE.
  • Cinemark/Rave – $1 a movie or $5 for ten movies.  See schedule HERE.
  • Classic Cinemas – $1 movies on Wednesday mornings. See schedule HERE.
  • Regal- $1 per movie (a portion goes to Will Rogers Institute).  See schedule HERE.
  • Megaplex Theaters – 10 movies for 10 weeks just $10. See schedule HERE.
  • Monaco- Every Monday and Wednesday at 10:00.  See schedule HERE.
  • Sapphire Movies- $.50 per movie on Tuesday and Saturday at 10:00.  See schedule HERE.
  • North Alabama readers – Providence has free “Movies in the Park” see info HERE.
Looking for more savings in the summertime? Try these out:
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25 Days of Summer Savings: Homemade Fire Pit


This is one of those fun frugal ways to enjoy summer, that may not work for everyone but definitely worked for us! Last week while my son’s best buddy from Alabama was in town, the boys decided to put together a homemade fire pit and we are loving it.

All they did was dig a hole, put some rocks around it that we found out in our yard, and then build the fire. They toasted S’mores on it last week, and we sat around it again Saturday night. It’s such a little thing, but we’ve already enjoyed it so much, and decided that when we finally do get grass in this yard we’ll save a corner of the lot to keep it in!

I know not all neighborhoods would allow this (and not everyone has access to free boulders like we seem to in our back yard!), but maybe it will work for you too. (And as always, make sure a parent is nearby watching when kids are handling fire.)

Looking for more savings in the summertime? Try these out:
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25 Days of Summer Savings: Free Summer Bowling

Hoping to beat the heat this summer? Here’s an easy freebie that’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you have kids who are running out of things to do each day!

Shoe rentals typically run $3-$4, and other bowling alleys may also participate in similar summer programs, so it’s worth calling your local bowling center before you head out. If you have any tips on how to make bowling in the summertime with your kiddos a success, please leave a comment to share!
Looking for more savings in the summertime? Try these out:
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