Even though summer is the season of freedom, it turns out the activities summer provides are anything but free. Regardless of whether you are a regular patron to the pacific coast or your visiting for the first time, prices continue to shock even the most loyal consumers. Businesses are struggling for survival, however, a lot of families are struggling to enjoy themselves on the off chance they might get a break. Between the water parks, the food at the water parks, the whole “kids-being-home-all-day” thing, and the time you might be spending on bikinis, the tab might start adding up. Summer shouldn’t really have to be this expensive, after all, it’s about freedom, right?
So what if it’s not the summer of ’69? That doesn’t mean you can’t dress like it is! Vintage styles are always very cool. I still look great in my grandma’s bathing suit from 1982. Unless you are partying at some posh Las Vegas pool party this summer, do you even need a new bathing suit! Wear out last years tried and true two piece, or go to Target.com and look how amazingly affordable the trendiest numbers are. For cover ups over bathing suits, a cool alternative is an oversized, outdated men’s shirt with a cut-off neckline. This will cover up the belly but allow the shoulders to be exposed, super seductively, while being able to make a run to the hotdog stand. Wrap a scarf around your head and wear it out!
While looking so cute in this beautiful weather, there’s so much to do and experience. The amusement park industry is down so pick a good weekday and sneak your way in. There are hardly any lines however, if you see the crowds approaching sneak your way to the back of the park and start out where most people would end. Remember, reverse psychology works every time when it comes to tourists. As far as getting in goes, act like you have a little clout, or just pretend you do with your coupons. Don’t be ashamed of your coupons, be confident, and a little arrogant, you’re the one saving money! The best website with no sign-up fee or even registration required is Retailmenot.com. Regardless of the name, the website features dozens of coupons for admission to theme parks in California, as well as in various other beautiful summer places in the states. Groupon.com sometimes also features parks however; you must receive those through email since it is a “deal-a-day” website. With the right resources, fun vacation days can be a lot more affordable and therefore, more fun!
The free ways that summer can still be spent are in truth, the best ways. Take advantage of free concerts in the park. In San Diego, these occur at least once a week and are a great way to get some quality time in with the family, and if you so desire, meet someone else within your community. I suggest taking some water bottles, homemade sandwiches, and a kite for the kids. If you’re visiting Los Angeles, the museums have “free days” that are just as enjoyable as the “expensive days.” Additionally, the bay area offers over 10 museums for kids that are all free. These are great vacation alternatives to Alcatraz which allow your precious babies to walk away more educated and less traumatized. Make the best out of summer since, one day, the sun might not exist, and neither will we. Open your mind to the experiences and they will come to you. Nature collages, tree houses, and floating the lake, are all easy ways to take a celebrated day off without hurting any innocent piggy banks in the process.