GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: ANDREA SCHMUTZ, USU EXTENSION ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
I love the fact that Pioneer Day (a state holiday in Utah) falls in the same month as the 4th of July. The two holidays encourage us to celebrate heritage - of our country and of our state. They remind us of sacrifices made by courageous people who lived difficult lives. Traditionally, Pioneer Day commemorates the arrival of the first group of Mormon pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. However, the holiday is an opportunity to honor the many different pioneers who contributed to the wonderful state and country in which we live. Regardless of your faith, this July 24 take a moment to enjoy some family time with these budget friendly activities inspired by the pioneers.
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: KATHY RIGGS, USU EXTENSION PROFESSOR
If your family has the tradition of taking a summer vacation every year, you are not alone! It’s a great time to bond as a family and for parents to get away from work and other responsibilities. However, this year it may make less sense to spend a considerable amount of income on an expensive family trip. It may be wiser to use vacation funds to pay off debt or add to that “rainy day” fund (which may have come in handy to some families in 2020). Besides, there are still some travel restrictions in place and some of the more popular parks and recreation areas may not be fully open until late summer.
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: CHRISTINA PAY, USU EXTENSION ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
“Summertime and the livin is easy” or so say the words of an old song. The living might be easy but not necessarily cheap. That said, summertime is full of long sunny days filled with plenty of opportunities for getting outside to make memories with our loved ones. Looking back on the years I spent raising my children, it went incredibly fast. However, I’m grateful for the memory making moments we spent together, especially during the summer months.
Summertime can certainly be stressful for families. Day trips and adventures can be expensive. However, there are ways to keep the kids busy and have fun, too, without it costing too much.
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: MAREN WRIGHT VOSS, USU EXTENSION ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
As much as we love family, being cooped up at home and nowhere to go for the past two and a half months can make anyone a little stir crazy! Fortunately, even with some travel plans cancelled because of safety concerns, you can still get away and have an incredible adventure. This is an opportunity to save money and build family memories. You can do a road trip with your family for almost nothing—and you can do it right here in Utah.
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