Managing summer planning for children after a divorce can be difficult. Whether you are paying or receiving child support, allocating money for summertime pleasures may be hard. First, you need to plan in advance to determine the days and/or weeks that you will have a child/children with you. Then you need to plan for those days and weeks.
Now is the time to plan your summertime budget. Check your divorce settlement to see if summer camp costs or sport activities are split; discuss plans that need joint approval, like camps.
With your calendar out, make a list of age appropriate activities that you want to do with your child and determine their costs. Registration fees, amusement park entrance fees, beach fees and parking all need to be considered. Making a budget helps you determine which plans are doable and which may be too expensive. Then start saving for these events.
Stretch your funds. Try to plan for midweek adventures, since most amusement parks and other venues are cheaper during the middle of the week. Hotels, flights and rental cars are often cheaper midweek.
Theme parks and other entertainment often have discount coupons that can be found in newspapers, supermarket handouts as you leave the store and online. One or more deals/discounts may fund an additional event. Check whether hotels have a shuttle to the airport or free breakfasts. Don't forget that you can go to a RI beach late in the day for free (but there might not be life guards on duty). Visit the PawSox instead of the Red Soxs. Consider a family annual membership to the Zoo or the Children's Museum for cloudy days and the rest of the year.
Enjoying activities with a child takes planning. Parenting takes planning. Do it now so you can enjoy a fun-filled summer that your child will enjoy and remember for years.