by - 6/30/2021 12:00:00 AM

It's officially the summertime, and you have teens. Trust me, I know what it's like from arranging pickups and drops offs with other parents, and learning about birthday parties last minute. Below, I'm sharing a few tips with assisting you with surviving this summer financially.

Tips for Surviving Summer with Teens  

Create a list of the events that you have planned, and create a budget. I would highly suggest adding a little more funds to the birthday category. Because, teens will be teens, and can possibly tell you about a birthday list minute.

Community Calendar
If you have a lot of community outings in your town on the town green which our Teen/family orientated, I would suggest writing down all of the upcoming events and strategically setting a spending budget for each event. Seeing how most teens don't know if they're attending the event until the last minute. I would suggest planning around all events. For instance, Our town has a local Derby every year that a lot of the teens hang out at. Communicate with your teen to see which event's they plan on attending.

This would be a great time to ask your child if any of their friends have a birthday coming up. Create a list, which includes the teen's name, and a gift idea and/or budget.

Sample Gift ideas
  • Movie tickets
  • Restaurant gift cards
  • Amazon (a lot of families have Amazon Prime)
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Target
  • Mall Trips
  • Starbucks
  • Mall
If your child is around the mall age plan for it, most kids like to eat at the food court and window shop. See if you can arrange for dropoff and pickups with other parents.

Season Passes
Season passes to your local amusement parks really come in handy. Some even offer meal plans as well.

What are your tips for surviving the summer with teens/children?

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  1. It can be tricky. I have two teens! One is content to hang out in his room but the other wants to do EVERYTHING and I'm like "dude, you have like $5 to your name."

  2. Teens can be expensive. My boys have jobs so they have some spending money.

  3. I guess regardless of the kid's ages, having them around all day in summer would be more expensive, hehe

  4. I struggle with keeping my little ones happy during the summer. Anything to get them away from screens!

  5. We all need these financial tips especially because we have kids. Majority of our expenses are allocated for our kids' needs so we really need to budget.

  6. Scarlett BrooklynJuly 1, 2021 at 2:28 AM

    Thanks or sharing tips, budgeting for parents could be really hard.

  7. I have a teen and it's not easy. I need always to find new activities and shopping is always welcome! :)

  8. These are some really good tips. It can be tough when you have kids and it is summer time. My husband and I always save up money throughout the year so we can do some fun things each summer.

  9. lucky i have a few more years before we hit this stage. teens can be a handful

  10. My kids are babies/toddlers now but I still find such value in season passes! We love the zoo (we go 2-3x a week) and I'm about to buy an aquarium pass!

  11. Funny you should say that. My daughter told me it was her friends birthday the day before. Thankfully I'm prepared for these things and had money set aside just in case.

  12. Community events definitely make it easier to entertain kids and teens on a budget and usually they have a lot of fun!

  13. Teaching teens to budget is a wonderful life skill. Our family is pretty introverted, so we save a lot of money by wanting to stay home.

  14. Kids are tought to deal with specially in summer. Mine wants to explore everything he can. Things are tough so I'm just trying to understand them and have more patience

  15. Those are some great points to keep in mind and kids are definitely a bit hard to handle during the summer.


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