Summer Summer Summer Time........
Who doesn't love the Summer? Like really, the weather is perfect, the kids are out of school, and its time to vacation with family and friends. But I get it, money isn't always as fluent and free flowing as we would like it to be. But let's not let our finances stop us for having a great time with our loved ones, or even just some much needed ME time for yourself. Here are 3 things you can do this summer on a budget and have a GREAT time.
1. Plan a Mini Vacay
Depending on where you live, this can be quite fun. This past weekend, Hubbs and I decided to plan a mini vacay. We took a trip, (2hours up the road) to Charleston, SC and visited Kiawah Island Beach, Isle of Palm and Folly Beach. It sounds like a lot, but would you believe we spent less than $300. Seriously! Let's run it down. We didn't travel far, therefore one tank of gas pretty much did it for us. Now a hotel room was a challenge. Most rooms were $300/night!! We were totally not going to pay that. We traveled an extra 20minutes up the road and landed and pretty awesome hotel for $159/night. We only stayed one night therefore that was very economical. The rest of the money spent was on food. Now we love to eat, so we did some expensive meals, however, there is always the option of packing sandwiches and eating fastfood opposed to sit down 4 and 5 star restaurants. The ride gave us a chance to bond and talk and act silly. Activities consisted of beaches......THEY ARE FREE!! We relaxed and enjoyed the peaceful sounds of the ocean and of course. Then the kids in us came out and we had to jump a few waves.
2. Squash the comfort zone
Your comfort zone is single handedly making your life BORING!!! We get so complacent and set in our routines and eventually we look up and it's 30 years later. Get out of your comfort zone. There is more to life than going to work and paying bills. Experiment with new things. Try out a wig, wear a bright lipstick, take a cooking class, or even look on Pinterest and find DIY projects that you and the family can do around the house. I recently purchased a wig (which is something I have never done), and Pinterest has caused me to remodel my home office, including spray painting mirrors, and creating fun trinkets with Mason jars and old Bath and Body Works Candles.
3. Develop productive/healthy habits
What better time than the Summer to finally get organized, develop your productivity and healthy habits. I finally determined, it was time out for the laziness and the disorganization. What better time than the present? Do you have an area in your life that needs some special attention? Get started with that area first. I knew that working out was definitely a challenge for me, now I'm holding myself responsible for working out with an accountability partner 2-3 times/week. I was always told if you can do something for 21 days, it becomes a habit. Challenge yourself to 21 days of commitment to something.
Get your SUMMER LIT! Tell me, what are some things that you plan to do this summer?