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We can all use a break from reality from time to time, and a vacation is one of the best ways to escape. But, let’s face it, vacationing can be expensive. The good news is you don’t even need to leave town – you can plan a staycation! Sometimes a break from our usual routine is all we need for a little refresh which makes a staycation a great option. We don’t often take the time to explore our own towns and a staycation gives the chance to do just that.
1. Visit Local Attractions
Find museums, amusement parks, camping sites, miniature golf – the possibilities are endless! Ask around to discover the best attractions that are close to home. You’ll probably discover a few attractions you never even knew about.
2. Attend Local Events
Most towns have events happening throughout the summer – and some are even free! Search on Facebook or check your local newspaper. You may find carnivals, festivals, block parties, fireworks and more! Check your local event venues for any shows coming to town. Saving money on flights and a hotel by staying at home gives you extra cash to use on tickets for an entertainment act.
3. Try a New Restaurant
Have a few favorite restaurants you frequent? It’s time to try something new! Visit the local breakfast spot, grab lunch at a food truck or check out the new BBQ everyone is raving about. Eating out always feels like a treat, so planning a few meals out can make your staycation feel more like a vacation! Bonus: no cleanup. 😉
4. Get Outside
Getting outside and into nature is good for the soul! Pack up the car with drinks and snacks and try out some local hiking trails. Bring your swimsuits along and take a dip in the local swimming hole, lake or river. Relax in the grass, play games and just enjoy spending time together. Put the cell phones and tablets away, unwind and feel rejuvenated!
5. Make Your Own Backyard Paradise
Pick up an inflatable pool, sprinkler and yard games to create your very own backyard paradise! Leave the chores and to-do list behind and enjoy quality family time. Show off your grilling skills for dinner with hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and more summer staples. Top off your day with s’mores around the fire. Then, set up a tent and sleep under the stars. You’ll create lasting memories without leaving the house!
These are our top 5 tips for planning a staycation. If you’re still craving a vacation somewhere warm and sandy, let us help. Our 1st Franklin Financial Personal Loans, starting at $300 and up to $15,000, can help make your dream vacation possible. Create family memories without breaking the budget!
Katherine Harrell June 27th, 2019
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There’s no shortage of lessons a parent can teach a child. From sharing, riding a bike, cooking, and driving, parents are constantly teaching their children through instruction and example. One lesson that often slips through the cracks is how to be smart with money. In fact, a recent study by the National Endowment for Financial Education found that only 24% of millennials demonstrate basic financial literacy. With school-supported personal finance programs few and far between, it is often a parent’s responsibility to teach their kids about spending and saving.
No matter how savvy you consider yourself, there are plenty of ways to teach your children invaluable financial literacy skills at any stage. As you’ll see below, it is truly never too late (or too soon) to start learning.
Small children may be too young to understand the value of money, but the perfect age to begin counting with coins. Start to teach your toddler the difference between pennies, nickels, and dimes – just make sure they don’t swallow them!
No matter what age your child is, teaching them about finance is an invaluable way to help set them up for future success. Start now to help them build the foundation for strong financial literacy and independence. Simply talking about money with your kids can help empower them to start asking questions and developing skills that will last a lifetime.
Katherine Harrell June 11th, 2019