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The summer months can be a very expensive time for families. Vacations, day trips, visiting attractions and other events can all be very costly especially if you are a foster carer. You might be worried about the expense involved in building some great memories with your foster children but the good news is there are many fun things to do this summer that won’t break the bank! A day at the local park for a picnic in the garden can be exciting and an great opportunity to bond. These kinds of smaller trips and adventures are also perfect for foster children who might still be settling in or have anxiety about travel or being away from the places where they feel safe. If you want to enjoy a great summer on a budget, here are some tips to help you to save money as a foster carer.
Check Your Allowances
The first thing you should do is check to ensure you are getting any money you are entitled to. Your fostering allowance should be fine but check with your local authority if you have any concerns. You can also get advice on claiming any benefits you might be entitled to. You can get more information from your local authority or from orangegrovefostercare.co.uk.
Make the Most of Time at Home
In the winter, when we’re forced in by poor weather, we can get cabin fever from spending too much time at home. By spring, we’re often desperate to get out. But being at home in summer is much easier. Spending time in your garden building dens, camping, playing ball games or relaxing in a splash pool is a great way to save money while having fun.
Explore Local Parks and Attractions
If you are a new foster carer, you might not have much experience of your local area from a child’s point of view. Chances are, there are plenty of local parks, playgrounds, and attractions that the children in your care will love. Look online for some ideas.
Make a Bucket List
Spend some time at the start of the summer making a list with your foster children of things they’d like to do. Write down any big, expensive trips and days out, and encourage them to consider cheaper options. Do as many as you can, ticking them off as you go.
Shop Around for Offers and Deals
You can often save money on tickets by shopping for offers and discounts. Make it your goal not to pay full price for anything.
Take Shorter Trips
Summer holidays can be costly. A cheaper and sometimes more exciting option is taking day trips or spending single nights away instead.
Become a Picnic Pro
Packing picnics instead of eating out is an excellent way to save money. It can also make life easier if your foster children are fussy eaters.
Summer is a time for families to enjoy plenty of days out, sunshine and time outdoors, and it’s no different for foster families. While it can be expensive, there are some great ways to save and fantastic, budget-friendly ways to spend your time in the sun.