This is your all-inclusive guide to an epic summer — one that you can actually afford. It covers everything under the sun, like in-depth ways to save on summer essentials and must-have tips for parents to survive summer (and stick to a budget) with kids at home.
Since the summer months are slower for retailers, they like to entice shoppers with great sales. From Amazon Prime Day to Target’s Semi-Annual Toy Sale, these are the deals to look out for in June, July, and August.
What to Buy
Celebrate National Iced Tea Month with specials all month long
Old Navy flip flops
Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual sale items
What to Buy
Cool down with hot deals on ice cream during National Ice Cream Month
Save on Chromebooks and devices on Amazon Prime Day
Stock up for birthdays at the Target semi-annual toy sale
What to Buy
Stock up on back-to-school supplies when they reach their lowest point
Buy dorm room bedding (or new sheets for your kids’ twin beds)
Shop clearance swimsuit sales for next summer – size up for kids
Find all the best ways to get cheap (and even free) books for kids, plus which summer reading programs stand out in the crowd.
Free Kids’ Books
Your town probably has a local book exchange program. If not, sites like Gizmo’s Best connect you to thousands of free e-books. This list has a bunch of great places to find free books for kids, including online and local options.
Cheap Kids’ Books
You can build your kids’ library on a budget. From downloading free audio books to joining discount book clubs, these are all the best ways to save on summer reading.
Summer Reading Programs That Offer Awesome Freebies!
Getting kids interested in summer reading is sometimes like pulling teeth. But these stellar programs may change that — they give out prizes to kids with complete reading logs!
Free Things to Do with Kids Near Me
Summer fun is so much better when it’s free. Dive into these no-cost activities for kids — like virtually exploring the world’s greatest museums and geocaching for hidden treasures.
Easy & Fun Summer Activities for Kids
No more, “I’m bored.” From colorful crafts and lawn obstacles to tasty summer treats, these kid-approved activities were MADE for fun in the sun.
Beach days don’t have to end with buckets of sand in your car. Use these easy hacks to soothe sunburn, haul beach supplies, and head home with your toys, towels, and toes free of sand.
Sanity-Saving Road Trip Hacks
Sometimes exciting road trips leave no room for naps. Avoid the question, “Are we there yet?” with these extra creative ways to keep kids entertained.
Incredible Family Travel Hacks
Stress-free travel makes every family trip better. These hacks help smooth things out when it comes to packing, storing valuables, and staying fully charged.
How to Make a Disney Vacation Worth It
There’s a right way and a wrong way to do Disney — and the difference is hundreds of dollars. Cut your Disney costs in a big way by visiting in the off-peak months, setting daily budgets, using airline miles, and more.
How to Save on Disney Dining
You can skip those Disney Dining Plans. Instead, save 50% on food by placing online grocery orders, buying the cheapest park snacks, and NEVER paying six bucks for a water bottle.
How to Fly to Disney for Free with Credit Card Rewards
If you’re a regular at Disney (or anywhere really), you need a rewards credit card, because getting free airfare feels like winning the lottery. In this guide, we laid out EXACTLY how to rack up enough rewards for a free flight.
Being prepared is the key to a great camping trip, but the proper gear can get pricey. We’ll show you where to shop for tents (hint: aim to save 40%-60%), plus how to get great deals on sleeping bags, backpacks, and more.
REI is a great place to grab high-quality gear and apparel, especially during their anniversary sale. We rounded up our best tips for saving, like how to get 50%-60% off Deals of the Day and 10% back on most REI purchases.
Dick's Sporting Goods
A great summer starts with a trip to Dick’s Sporting Goods, so naturally, we listed all the best ways to save. Find out how to easily get $20 off coupons and score the best deals on golf gear, ping pong tables, and mountain bikes.
Going to Cabela’s is an experience in itself, but saving money makes it even more special. Be sure to stop by on Fridays (that’s when their sales go live) and read these tips for shopping the Bargain Cave, decoding price tags, and saving up to 70% on Father’s Day gifts.
How do you prepare for the perfect summer? Grabbing the right supplies is a great place to start. Everything you need to save big is right here — like how much to spend on summer staples and where to look for low prices on kiddie pools, trampolines, coolers, and more.
Cheap Mason Jars
Walmart, Target, and Menards tend to have the best prices on mason jars (a.k.a. canning jars). Aim to pay no more than $1 per jar and use these tips to maximize savings.
Ever wonder how people save hundreds of thousands of dollars a year shopping at the same stores you do?
TheKrazyCouponLady.com shows you exactly how it’s done all while keeping things as simple and straightforward as possible. Born out of frustration and desperate desire to save money, The Krazy Coupon Lady’s founders, Heather Wheeler and Joanie Demer created KCL to de-mystify extreme couponing and expose shopping strategies that show you how to work the system and save BIG. Krazy big. Now go forth and buy the 75” TV; it’s on sale.