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What can your kids do for the Summer Vacation?

Gone are the days when summer vacations meant just picnic baskets, summer fairs, days spent exploring the woods or a lazy afternoon spent eating Grandmother's pie. Kids now need more and not just hours spent in front of the television or playing video games.

Here are some ways your kids can stay entertained and engaged during their summer vacations.


Reading

Books are a good way to keep your kids engaged during their summer break. Find a library near you here and get your kids a library membership so that they can choose a book of their choice. Set a time frame to finish reading each book. Add a fun activity at the end of the book such as a storytelling session with your family.


Cultivating a new hobby

Encourage your children   to take up a hobby their tight school schedules didn't allow them to. Learn to play a new instrument, paint, dance, gymnastics, take up a sport. Hobbies give children something to focus on, it also helps them discover their true selves. A lot of times hobbies form a true guide to what they want to achieve in life. They're not just limited to summer vacations, it could be a habit, maybe even a vocation that could last a lifetime.





Find hobbies for kids here


Gardening

Planting seeds, watering them regularly, watching the plants grow, this gives kids something exciting to look forward to every day. It'll be even more exciting for them if these are flowering plants. Letting your kids try a hand at making a vegetable garden can be just as fun. It also teaches them about nurture and the importance of taking care of things.


Visit an animal farm

A day trip to an animal farm can be an enriching and fun summer experience. The admission fees are usually reasonable and summer passes make it easy on the pocket. The kids can not just pet but also feed the animals. Nothing can replace the joy on their faces seeing animals eat out of their hands.


Swimming

It's summer, how can you not think of swimming!

Swimming is a lifesaving skill but more importantly, it is fun! What can be better than being in a pool on a sultry summer day? Scheduled swimming lessons often give kids something to look forward to. If your kids can already swim, then what better than a trip to a community swimming pool.


Trip to the beach

What is a summer vacation without a day trip to the beach? There's no dearth of fun things to do on a beach for kids - and adults who accompany them - playing in the waves, collecting seashells, swimming, surfing, building sandcastles, playing ball or using the recreational equipment.


Picnics never go out of fashion

A day out to even the neighborhood park can be made exciting experience if it becomes a "picnic". All you need is a picnic basket, some homemade food, and juices, a picnic blanket & you're all set.

It can also be a barbeque day if your park has benches and grills.

As long as summer vacations exist, so will picnics.


Summer camp

There's more to summer camps than campfires. Fun water activities, art and crafts, sports, learning camping or other life skills, there are camps for almost every known activity these days. You can choose the one (or a few) most suited for your child. There are also options of camps being for half a day, full day or overnight stays. Kids stay engaged, have fun, interact with other children their age while acquiring new skills. It's a summer vacation must-do!


Things to do without leaving your Home


Treasure hunt

This needs a bit of work but if done right, it can keep not just a few but an entire party of children engaged for the whole day. If you have a yard what better place to bury the treasures. Even if you don't have a garden, the house is enough for a mini treasure hunt. The messy house will be worth it seeing the excitement on your kids' faces.


Camping inside the house - forts, and tents

This is a trick as old as rocks, well as old as blankets and poles at least. Making forts and tents can keep the children occupied plus it's a fun way to spend afternoons. No expense, easy to make forts are always a go-to summer activity. Learn how to build a blanket fort here


Yard Sale and Lemonade Stall

Put up a yard sale of things you need to dispose of, make sure your children are involved in this activity encouraging them to put up items they have no use for anymore. To make it more exciting they can put up a lemonade stall serving cold lemonade to all those who make it to the sale. This serves the twin purpose of keeping our children engaged as well as clearing out some extra items.


Baking sweet treats

Let your kids help you make that ice popsicle they love so much. If it is their favorite treats like juices, ice creams, popsicles, cakes or cookies, kids need no extra motivation to join you in making these. The measuring and mixing, pouring and baking or freezing, all of it can be just as interesting. Make sure you get them to help you clean up after or you'll be working more than you bargained for.


Science Experiments

Science Experiments develop curiosity and encourage further learning. These can also be great fun. It's not necessary to buy Science experiment sets, experiments can be done using easily available articles. There is even a category of experiments that can be done using items from the trash, thus encouraging kids to learn about the importance of recycling.

Summer doesn't always have to be hard on the pocket.  Sometimes a little innovative thinking and twisting age-old ideas to suit the times is  all you need for a fulfilling summer to remember not just for your kids but for you as well.




Summer - The Summer that wins customers

It’s that favorite time of the year which many people, especially the young at heart, look forward to. It’s summer! And with a long school break, most families are sure to be busy planning their weekend outings and vacations to take in a bit of travel, chill by the beach, play their preferred sport or simply soak in the sun with a cold refreshing drink in their hand. For those of us who are busy with our work or business, we still have something to anticipate with so many festivals being organized in almost every town from food festivals to music festivals such as the Taste of Chicago or the Picklesburgh Festival.

With all these exciting things to look forward to, one can’t be blamed for going over the top when it comes to spending on things or experiences and losing track of our expenses. After all, however clichéd it may sound, life is too short to be spent worrying about money when summer beckons you with a million possibilities for some shared fun and happiness.

But it is true that one is most certainly looking to earn a bit more to indulge these desires and celebrate life when the sky is all bright and sunny. For the enterprising ones amongst us who don’t mind setting up a temporary business to earn some summer income, the opportunities are plentiful. Whether it is the usual tried and tested lemonade stall kind of business or something more creative like being a tourist photographer or even just opening up your home as a summer co-rental on platforms such as Airbnb, summer businesses can be very lucrative and help fetch a lot of extra income.

When you are focusing on earning that extra income, do not however forget to look at your receipts and spending as well. Though the entire idea of a summer business is, of course, to help you create a small nest egg or even add up to your splurge budget, you don’t want to exhaust what you have earned too fast or too soon.  A recent survey of Americans points out that we tend to socialize much more in the summer months and spend an average of $305 just dining out in these months than any other. While treating your friends and family to dinner out at a fancy restaurant is certainly high up on the fun quotient, perhaps you can replace that with a barbecue at your own backyard where you can much manage your cash outflow much better even as you still have all the fun that you can.

On the other hand, this is great news for businessmen – people love going out and spending that bit extra in summers just to socialize with their friends – is there a hidden opportunity here that you can capitalize?


If you are a customer-facing business, you can certainly use this to your advantage and set up customer delight programs. For instance, you can give away free dinner vouchers or meal coupons for customers that transact over a certain limit. By offering such complementary benefits, you can increase your regular business income while ensuring you keep your customers happy as well. Customers on the other hand love getting freebies and start preferring to do repeat business with you as they are assured you know what they want and have their best interests at heart.

Here are a few more customer delight strategies you can try in summer and help increase your summer income:

  1. Offer a free cold drink to every customer who drops in, quench their thirst and help them transact in a relaxed mood.

  2. Set up a free summer photo booth with funny seasonal props and miniatures of local attractions –customers can get their pictures taken in their mobile or pay a small fee to have an instant shoot and print.

  3. Throw a lemonade party to loyal customers and do a food potluck. Take the opportunity to socialize with your customers outdoors and connect with them on a personal level.

  4. Have a summer treat counter with lollies and popsicles for the little ones that walk in

  5. Set up a lucky draw every Friday for all that week’s customers and reward them by home delivering a simple but delightful picnic hamper with some fresh, cool drinks and healthy sandwiches

  6. Extend part-time employment opportunities to local youth and establish a community presence in the neighborhood. Treat them kindly and invite them to encourage their friends and family to visit you and do business with you.

  7. Who doesn’t love flowers in summer? But ditch the old way and instead, tie up with a local nursery to give your customers potted flowers they can grow in their backyards which will continue to bring them joy all summer through with its blooms

  8. While your vacations are equally important, make sufficient arrangements back home to ensure there’s always someone to attend to your regular customers while you are away. You don’t want to end up missing any business opportunities, or worse still have your customers turn to your competitors, do you?

  9. Participate in local festivals and set up booths to talk about your business and woo more customers

  10. Finally, a summer sale is always something to look forward. Announce one and watch as your customers walk away happy with a huge smile on their face!
    Summer is a time where even as the days seem long and endless, the season goes away too quickly before we even realize it. So make sure to utilize its endless possibilities, delight your customers, increase your income, keep a diligent track of your spend & expenses, organize your receipts, and maximize your fun all at the same time. Make it a summer to remember!
    Most importantly, be sure to scan your receipts and enter your expenses every day onto NumReceipt free receipt scanner app so that you are not left grappling with a pile of papers that you can’t make sense of when fall arrives in all its glory.

 

 


It's Easter time – Time to bake your fin-bun cakes!

It’s hard to believe that Easter is just around the corner. An occasion to celebrate the rising of Jesus Christ from dead also strengthens hope and motivation among people, as it marks the beginning of the hard-earned spring after a long cold winter. People organize get-together and parties to enjoy the occasion with family and friends. Right from colorful eggs, bunny chocolates to Easter bunny cakes, the Eastertide engulfs the world in various ways. Indeed its festive time and everything about the holidays ought to be delicious. But instead of empty sugary calories why not plan some sensible financial gifts?

No. Please do not misunderstand us. We are not suggesting you forgo the bunny candy in favor of some financial choices – It's Easter bunny which is supposed to be funny after all, not a boring financial planner! Nevertheless, we just came up with an idea of finding ways to interlink personal finance lessons while letting your kids gorge on some treats and enjoy the fun. After all, learning is something no one can take away from us and play is the shortest route between children and their creative learning skills.

Mr. Easter bunny – why don’t you give us money?

We believe that to be in your children’s memories tomorrow, your presence in their lives today is important. So, for the first time in NumReceipt, here’s presenting much sweeter ways to make your child understand the money flow this Easter:

Try preparing homemade chocolates or bake a cake at home and involve your child in the action. Though an adult we understand that we can cut down recurring expenses by saving up or cooking our own meal, as children they must also learn how to be frugal by exploring DIY options, rather than immediately spending money on ready made, overpriced items. Homemade chocolates are definitely irresistible. Aren’t they!

Talk to your child about the fun you had while creating something on your own. Use it as an opportunity to hint about the money you have saved and the importance of an easy expense tracker Perhaps you could further discussion about how to spend the money you just saved.




The “Egg hunt”- Allow your child to hunt for eggs and keep the surprise element on. Perhaps create a treasure hunt tale and keep them engaged as they learn to track the eggs and earn goodies. The concept may sound similar to receipt hog, but it teaches children two important lessons!


(a) Some eggs could also be empty without any goodies – It's important to understand the concept of hidden costs at a tender age. Yes, money is unfair and acceptance of this fact is important.

(b) Never put all your eggs in a single basket – similarly never invest all your time and money in a single place.


It’s exciting to learn from all this spending on Easter. So what are you waiting for? Involve your child in shopping and saving receipts this Easter. We are sure children can assist in managing itemized receipts and also excel in it by reminding you of the ones you missed to save.


Simpleact inc.- Start simple, inspire and act


“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” ~ Peggy O’Mara


Maybe it's time to embrace the bits of financial wisdom we can get from the Easter bunny himself. Enjoy shopping and saving receipts with our digital receipt app along with your children and feel proud to have empowered your kid this holiday season.


Happy Easter!

With this message, we from NumReceipt would like to wish you and all your loved ones a very Happy Easter. Let’s start baking our fin-bun cakes :)





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