The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer services has free food sites throughout Central Florida for kids and teens all summer. Visit http://summerfoodflorida.org/ for times, locations, and more information!
Take a Vacation
Vacations have multiple benefits: They can help lower your blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormones such as cortisol, which contributes to a widening waist and an increased risk of heart disease. Think you can’t afford to take a vacation? Here are some ways to save:
- Consider a Staycation. The goal is to relax and rest. Take a week to enjoy your own city and a break from responsibilities of every day life. Enjoy downtown Disney and free community events and parks. Enjoy a free movie outside under the stars. Several cities do this through the summer on a regular basis. Winter Park has “Popcorn Flicks” the second Thursday of the month in Central Park. Maitland has “Movies in the Park” at Quinn Strong Park the second Saturday of the month. There is “Sunset Cinema” at Cranes Roost Park in Altamonte Springs, or “Date Night” at Leu Gardens in Winter Park. Whichever you attend, bring a blanket or a chair, and enjoy!
- Plan ahead. Reserve a car for a midweek pickup and you’ll often get a better price. Don’t buy tickets at a busy theme-park entrance. Save up to 25 percent by getting them beforehand at a supermarket or a discount bulk store. Consider signing up for money-saving sites like Groupon and Living Social, and view the city pages for the areas you plan to visit. If you regularly view deal-of the-day websites, you can find rock-bottom prices for hotels and resort packages. Call the hotel directly to book your room. You may get a better deal or get a room upgrade if you call and speak with a hotel employee.
Have a full-family yard sale. Check the entire house for things you will likely never want or use again. Let kids sort, price, and sell for a couple of days in exchange for a percent of the profits. This can generate extra income, keep kids busy, and help tidy up the house.