We love going to the beach. It's a great way to get out of the house and to enjoy the summer heat, which has been in big supply this season.
Here are five ways that we save money at the beach:
- Buy an annual pass – Our beach charges $5 for admission or $30 for the season. If you know you'll be going enough times, get the annual pass. If it's your first year, though, you might want to do daily passes just to make sure you don't fork over the money for the annual pass and then find out the beach doesn't hold your interest for the entire season.
- Don't buy food at the snack bar – If I had to guess, I'd say that beaches probably make any profit they make from the snack bar. Don't give in.
- Bring your own snacks and drinks – Packing a cooler full of stuff is not only going to save you money, but chances are you'll pack it with much healthier alternatives than you'll find at the snack bar.
- If you must get a snack, remember your pre-school lesson (Share!) – I know that you can't always avoid the snack bar. Sometimes, on a hot day, an ice cream just sounds too good to pass up, and the cooler solution isn't going to let you bring your own. But, if you do give into that siren call, don't get one treat for everybody. Most of the time, half of a treat will give just as much satisfaction as an entire one, so split your treats and save some money.
- Bring a library book – Reading a book at the beach is one of my all time favorite pastimes, and it costs me nothing (except for a few pennies in gas) to get my books from the library versus spending money at the bookstore for something I'll probably read only once.
As you can see, the beach can be a great, fun way to spend time in the hot summer time, and it can be done on the cheap!
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