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.
GUEST BLOGGER: CALLIE WARD
February- the month full of love, an amazing date, fantastic food, the perfect atmosphere, that one truly special holiday… you know I am talking about the Super Bowl, right? For us Valentine neighsayers, let’s bring on some FOOTBALL! Well, really let’s bring on J-Lo and Shakira for the half time show and the food.
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