You can spend quality time with your grandchildren AND spend wisely with your wallet while you are having fun!
Summer is a great time to enjoy the outdoors and visit amusement parks, zoo’s, waterparks and concerts, but they can be costly to your bank account. Tickets can range anywhere from $25-$40 dollars for a single ticket to local attractions for children 12 and under. This does not include the stops for lunches and the enticing souvenirs along the way.
It’s a fact of nature: Grandparents love to spoil their grandchildren. A 2002 study by AARP showed that a full 93 percent of grandparents spend money on their grandchildren purely because the enjoy it.
Take some time to plan some fun activities and get creative with ideas like cooking and baking, or arts and crafts. I came across a great website, www.spoonful.com/summer which offers 40 summer crafts for kids. I love crafting. So one weekend during a visit, I had them make treasure boxes to put special items in they want to keep. Another weekend, I had them plant flowers around my patio. I made it fun by allowing them to choose how the plants were lined up. They took pride in what they did, and call regularly to make sure I’m watering the flowers!