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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Ways To Save Money This Summer

Summer is finally here! Things like vacations, weddings, backyard parties, and summer camp can all potentially set your budget back. No worries, though! We've rounded up 10 easy ways to save money this summer, and help keep that budget on track. 


Please note, we are not financial advisors or tax professionals. These are tips that we have discovered through the trenches of motherhood. Please reach out to a professional if you feel you may need it.


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Ten Ways To Save Money This Summer


  1. Let’s discuss our A/C habit. - We would never tell you to live without air conditioning over the summer. Oh my goodness, Fredericksburg gets HOT. However, we do suggest being mindful of how you use your air-conditioning. Is it set to 76? Can you turn the upstairs air conditioning off during the day and keep the pets downstairs while you're at work? Rule of thumb: if you're comfortable in a hoodie in the middle of the day, you can probably stand to turn the air conditioning down. You'd be amazed how much money that can save you!

  2. Look for travel rewards! If you are able to pay off your bill completely every month, credit cards are a great way to rack up travel rewards points. Be sure to read all the fine print first, before choosing a card. Check all other memberships you are a part of (like AAA or credit unions) for possible unused travel rewards or discounts. 

  3. Are you optimizing fuel efficiency? Taking a road trip, or just doing a TON of driving this summer? Be sure to check your tire pressure and don't put off getting your car serviced. The smallest things can wreak havoc on your car's fuel efficiency. 

  4. Open your blinds- The sun is up and shining from 6:00am-8:00pm! Turn off those lamps and enjoy that free light.

  5. Break out the Crock-Pot or batch cook - This goes along with keeping your air conditiong around 77 degrees. You don't want to heat your house up by turning your oven on. Grill, use your Crock-Pot, and eat salads as often as possible. Batch cooking once a week is another great option! Spend one morning or evening a week preparing meals, cooking chicken breasts, hard boiling eggs, etc. for the week ahead. That way you can go longer in between stove uses, and aren't using it during the hottest part of the day. 

  6. Look for the freebies, my friends. They are out there. Vaction Bible School is a free activity that lasts for an entire week. Several area movie theaters offer free summer movies or $1 movies. Freebies exists for those who seek to find them.

  7. Shop your closet… or your friends' closets. For one or two months, stop buying clothes. Like... completely. Just stop it. Try to wear what you have. Totally uninspired by your closet? Check out fashion bloggers for ideas on how to wear what you have in a totally new way! Our girl Lorriane has dozens of fresh ideas! Heck, make it a girl's night. Have friends come over with wine and outfits they never wear, and do a huge swap. Everyone goes home with cute, new clothes and no one spends any money... except for the wine. 

  8. Don’t hang out at Target.- We love Target. Loooooveee it. If we're being honest, though, we ALWAYS leave with an item we never intended to buy. It's the mothership of impulse buying. Try to only stop by once or twice a month. Don't shop recreationally or because you're bored. YOU WILL SPEND ALL THE MONEY. 

  9. Can you work from home? In many cases the answer is no, and that's okay. Working from home just one or two days a week will save you the cost of gas, wear and tear on your car, and may even improve your productivity. Think: No commute and fewer distractions. It never hurts to ask!

  10. Rethink your everything. - How much are you spending on cable? Maybe using a Fire Stick or Roku is a better option. Do you need all the phone data you're paying for? Could you be driving a less expensive car? Are you sticking to your meal plan? Is the gym membership worth it? We can't answer any of these questions for you. There is no universal right answer. Every once in a while, we all need to take a good long look at our spending habits and family goals and make sure they line up. Adjust accordingly.

    And an 11th way to save thrown in for free... =)

  11. You need to ask, nicely. Making a big purchase? Ask the sales person if there's a discount you may be missing. Call your credit card company and ask for a lower rate. Heck, call your phone carrier and ask the same thing. You would be shocked to see how much you could potenetially be saving. You just need to ask.

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Top Ten Tuesday: FXBG Area Pools And Waterparks!

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We're just a little over a week away from schools letting out for summer! We have to admit though, we're pretty much already in summer-mode...grilling, popsicles, blockbuster movies, vacations, and POOL TIME! We know a bunch of you guys headed out to area pools and waterparks over Memorial Day weekend. A few pools even had to turn people away at the door! If you're new to the area, or just looking to branch out and try a new place you'll definitely want to bookmark/pin this list!


Top Ten Pools And Waterparks.

1)  Rappahannock YMCA pools- Each YMCA branch offers a pool for open swim, water therapy, swim lessons, swim teams, and American Red Cross certifications! Visit them online for branch pool descriptions.

2) Massad YMCA Waterpark- Boasting a super fun splash pad, zero-depth entry kiddie pool, puddle jumpers, and water slides of all sizes, the Massad YMCA has really put a lot of thought into meeting the needs of families at all stages in life. Season and day passes are available

3) Dixon Park Pool- Located in Fredericksburg City, Dixon Park Pool has waterslides, a zero-depth entry wading pool, and is FREE for city residents. Dixon Park Pool also hosts several family friendly events during the summer.

4) Curtis Park Pool- Love to swim? Curtis Park Pool has an Olympic size swimming pool with diving area, a zero-depth entry wading pool with water umbrella, swim lessons, and a concession stand.

5)  Loriella Park Pool- Loriella Park Pool is the classic community pool we all grew up with, including swim lanes and a separate baby pool. Loriella Park Pool is available for birthday parties. Note: They are a cash only pool. Please check their website for daily fees.

6)  Grafton Pool- This South Stafford pool is conveniently located near downtown Fredericksburg!  It has a separately enclosed "baby" pool, deck space around main pool with lounge chairs, a snack bar, and swim team. Sign-ups and practice for swim team usually begin in June.  Grafton Pool is also available for birthday parties.


7)  Woodlands Pool & Splashpad- Looking for a splashpad for the kids? Check out Woodlands Pool & Splashpad off of Garrisonville Road! Woodlands Pool & Splashpad is also available for birthday parties.


If you don't mind a drive...


8) Pirate's Cove- Lorton, Va- Pirate's Cove has a large pirate themed structure with a 300- gallon dumping bucket, spraying palm trees, large pool, spacious tot pool with clam shell slide, and Buccaneer Beach- a large sand play area. Have a Jake and The Neverland Pirates fan? You must add this to your summer bucket list. 

9) Soak City Water Park at Kings Dominion, Doswell, Va- Soak City Water Park is a whopping TWENTY ACRES and has water activities for all ages, including exciting water slides, a wave pool, chutes, and Splash Island. Splash Island is a splash pad with slides designed for young children.

10) Atlantis Water Park- Centreville, Va- Atlantis has it all: Large pools, a 1,000 gallon dumping bucket, waterslides, water squirters, great food, souvenirs, and kids activities! You have to click on the link and check out how awesome it looks!


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Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.